If I could make a change in my life I would live far far out in the country. That way I could realize my dream to run an animal shelter1. The shelter I would own would be “no-kill” 2 shelters. The only way an animal would die in my shelter would be if it were really suffering or old and in pain, and nothing could be done to help it3. I would collect all the “death row”4 animals from shelters all over the city and bring the animals to my roomy5 country shelter.
I could house6 many diffe-
rent animals such as dogs, cats, birds, pigs, cows, horses, rabbits and any other animal in need of my help. As soon as I receive the animal, I would size up7 its needs and decide if it should be adopted8 by an older person, people with kids, people with lots of room, or people with other animals. I would give them all their shots9 and check them for diseases such as rabies10.
After evaluating11 and photographing each animal, I would type a summary12 of the animal's information and put it on my web site. If a person were interested in one of my animals they would contact my web site. I would then interview them to make sure they made a good match13.
I would try to pay for all the animals' expenses by asking for contributions14 from companies that sell animal care products like dog food and dog treats15. I would trade local veterinarians16 my help for their medical support for my animals. I would also charge a small fee with each animal adoption.
Ever since I was born I've had animals around me. Through my life so far I've owned four dogs, a turtle, tadpoles17, mice, hermit crab18, birds, and a rabbit. I have also nursed a baby squirrel back to life. I've appreciated19 animals ever since I was a very little girl. I have seen on the news what some people can do to their own pets, like abuse20 and neglect21, and I want to be able to help those animals in need.
1. shelter n．避难所
2． no－kill adj．不杀生的
3． “The only way．．． be done to help it．”“在我的避难所里，动物死亡只是因为它们真的病得很厉害，年老，忍受着病痛，而且我对它们也无能为力。”
4． death row 这里指“属于等待淘汰之列的”意思
5． roomy adj．宽敞的
6． house v．收藏
7． size up 估计……的大小（或多少）
8． adopt v．收养
9． shot n．照片
16．trade v．做交易，交换 veterinarian n．兽医 这句话的意思是“我会为当地的兽医提供帮助，以换取他们为我的动物们提供治疗。”
18．hermit crab 寄居蟹