This isn’t necessary a religious vocation, but I suppose this is the closest forum to what I’m looking for considering it involves “callings.”
Ever since I was a little girl, I have had an above average love for animals. When I was younger, I wanted to be an animal cop. At a retreat this fall, I tripped and busted my knee open watching a baby cow run around and play by its mom. I honestly thought it was such a beautiful sight. And every time I hold a scared or hurting animal and they relax, it brings me such a great sense of joy and fulfillment. I took in the class guinea pig from my high school after I saw it being abused by other kids. She is now mine and I have taught her to trust people again. My family and I took in a rescue dog that was kept in a puppy mill with minimal human contact and socialized her enough to where she is a normal dog. I feel such a great sense of fulfillment knowing that I have done just these few things for these few animals.
Recently, I’ve been praying about it a lot, and something is telling me that I should make it a mission to really go out there and help God’s “lesser” creatures. I believe that some animals, in particular dogs, do love their masters and really set some of the best examples of true, unconditional love. You can beat them, not feed them, and not give them the most ideal life, but they will still love you and stand by you. It breaks my heart to see people taking advantage of that and abusing animals that deserve only love and kindness.
I’ve gone to my religious advisors (priests, youth minister etc.) and they kind of gave me a funny look and talked about helping people being the priority. And yes, I do believe in helping people. I do help people. But can charity not be extended to those that can feel pain and are commonly disregarded? God made them as well, didn’t He?
I’ve been thinking of volunteering at the Humane Society this summer and possibly doing work for the benefit of animals as a life long thing. I honestly feel called by God to do that, but so far I have been discouraged. Has anybody ever heard of this? Can God call you to help animals like people?