On Christmas morning, I wish...
For every dog and cat searching trash cans for breakfast,
a filled bowl with his name printed in bright letters.
For every dog who slept fitfully last night
chained in a frozen yard and every cat
who wandered the cold streets,
a soft, warm bed with a person snoring gently nearby.
For every lost pet, a clear, safe road and
well marked path to lead you home.
For every shelter animal, spending Christmas
morning in a soiled run, a forever home
filled with sounds and smells of family.
For every "Christmas" pup and kitten given today,
a tolerant, caring owner who won't abandon you
as you grow into a real dog or cat.
For every ailing pet, enough money for your
owner to pay the bills to make you well.
For every old and tired friend, a warm fire and
soft bed to ease your aches and pains.
For every pet at the Bridge, a moment when
you know that you are remembered today,
missed again and loved forever.