Adapted from the original poem


‘Twas the night before Christmas,

when all thru the house

Not a creature was stirring,

except for a mouse


The dogs were left in their kennels with care.

In hopes that a loved one would soon be there.


The cats were kept in their own house

to rest on a bed.


While ‘lucky cat – lucky cat’

keeps going thru my head.


Thinking of a home

where I once took a nap.


Why am I here

and not on a lap.


When out in the yard

there arose such a clatter.


I sprang from the floor

to see what was the matter.


Running into a chain link fence

I hit with a bash.


Remembering when I was at home

peaking thru the sash.


The moon was out…

other dogs started to show.


All of us realizing, what’s the point,

there’s no place to go.


When, what to my wondering eyes should appear?

Could it be the family that I loved so dear?


Coming down the road…

dust rising so thick.

My excitement was growing,

my heart beat so quick.


I knew it! I knew it! My family!  They came!

Soon they’d be whistling and calling my name.


Over here! I barked…

I’m in kennel number seven!


Soon I would be back home…

it would be like heaven.


I’m sure the cats were looking…

I’m the envy of all.


Out in my backyard

and chasing a ball.


The kennels were full of barking…

one excited cry.


To get the rest outta here…

I will surely try.


How so many got to this place

just like a zoo.


Could they all be mistakes

just like me too?


And then in a twinkling

I realized with fear.


The car was not the one I knew

with my loved ones so dear.


Instead, but a worker

who was just comin’ ‘round.


And it was then clear as crystal…

I’ve been left at the pound.


What have I done wrong?

Am I to blame?



Across the hall Daisy and Ralphy

are thinking the same.


But there are sixty of us…

cats not included.


How can we all be that bad

to be left so secluded?


Daisy’s twinkle had gone…she’d given up.


While down the row

the others laid down and shut up.


I remember it was Christmas Day

that Santa found me a home.


He told me I would never be lonely

or left all alone.


They loved me, they loved me…

what could have gone wrong?


Maybe something new came to light

and so they moved on.


So here I lay

all alone in this place I’ve been given.


It’s so cold

not a place for the livin’.


Time is a monster

while in this kennel I lay.


I wonder…what lucky dog will be a present

this Christmas Day?


I guess it doesn’t matter

to me anymore.


No hope of my family

walking thru the door.


People have walked by me

instead choosin’ a pup.



Months have I been here…

I’ve given up.



To find love and to know love

never again shall I see.


I pray that the others

will be wanted…unlike me.


All dogs go to heaven

or so I’ve been told.


Maybe God will accept me

into His fold.


Christmas love for all, here, I pray alone.


I hope my family will remember me…

for tonight…

I’m going Home.




Please give these animals a forever home!

Please…just give them a chance.


Spay and neuter your pets.


MERRY CHRISTMAS from the Humane Society of Wichita County.




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