It’s hot. That’s not news. But Friday afternoon, Austin Pets Alive! volunteers got the news that the air conditioning had gone out in the dog building. Thankfully, many dogs were already cool and comfortable in foster homes, but almost 50 dogs were settling in to sleep in what was sure to be a sweltering building.
As soon as the news got out, volunteers started raising their hands to take dogs in for the night. Foster volunteers, medical volunteers, Big Brother/Sister volunteers all stopped what they were doing on a Friday evening to have a slumber party with a dog that needed a place to sleep. The dogs ended up getting much more than just a cool place to rest for the night.
Dogs like Adelle and Lola got a bath. George slept on a comfy couch. Artemis watched a movie, well, half a movie — he fell asleep halfway through it. Some dogs heard and saw TVs for the first time in their lives and got to run free in a backyard. They all got a taste of what their future holds — a safe and loving home. (With air conditioning!)
Volunteer Michael McDonnell sees another sleepover with Artemis in his future, otherwise “he won’t know how Goonies ends!”