FAQ: Terry Kyle, CEO Of WPX Hosting, Founder of Every Dog Matters (EU)
Why do you help homeless/shelter/disabled dogs and cats?
Because I can’t not help them.
And to me, every dog and cat matters, hence the name of this overall WPX project and website.
Next year, we will create a new open no-cage shelter built specifically for disabled dogs and their needs to live a good life.
On our first, large open no-cage shelter, there will be space set aside for abused donkeys and horses that we will rescue as well, stay tuned on that.
One of our foster homes already has a donkey, Mia, along with about 80 dogs:
How do you experience dogs and cats?
To me, they are all interesting individuals with unique characters, humor (how can you love play without humor?), an instinctive need to connect with humans, resilience, joy and the potential to complete the missing emotional ‘jigsaw’ that modern urban life seems to have blighted human beings with in today’s society.
How have you been affected by having (many) dogs in your life?
Whatever I have given dogs, they have given me back 100x more.
Dogs have made me a more generous person, a better listener, a better leader, a better nurturer and hopefully, a better human being.
For example, being in the presence of dogs suffering in caged shelters and often witnessing horrible incidents between them or just their general misery at being trapped there has given me perspective, more gratitude for the good things in my own life and a focused drive to help as many vulnerable dogs (and cats) as I can.
In a world drowning in distractions, that’s clarity and it’s a gift that I don’t take for granted.
How do you grieve when one of your favorite shelter dogs or cats dies?
It’s extremely painful but I grieve until I reach a point where it’s not physically possible to grieve for them any more.
And then somehow, you keep moving forward, numb for a while.
But so many wonderful dogs and cats desperately need a good home so I never want to stop adopting animals to avoid the pain of grief in the future.
If I could, I’d probably have 100+ dogs at home though my wife would have something to say about that!
Why do you help vulnerable dogs more than vulnerable cats?
Where I live, in Bulgaria in Eastern Europe, the homeless/shelter dog problem is a much much larger issue than with cats.
It’s a question of scale and far more dogs – tens of thousands – need our help here than do cats.
Homeless cats are not aggressive to people whereas homeless dogs can be and that means a lot of aggression from people to street dogs here is the normal situation.
I have 7 cats at home that were orphan homeless kittens on the street when we first adopted them and they’re all fantastic family members.
On average, 4 cats sleep on top of me every night, sometimes more.
In short, cats are awesome too!
From 2021 onwards, we will also rescue abused horses and donkeys as well.
What are the worst things about being involved in dog/cat welfare work?
Dealing with indifferent or incompetent people (or organisations) who could make a massive difference to the the lives of dogs and cats around them with very little effort.
Plus, almost every day I meet fantastic homeless or shelter dogs that I connect with and know would be great Kyle family members for the next 10-15 years but I just can’t adopt them all. My car and home simply aren’t big enough. Regrettably.
Another one of the worst things about my work on dog and cat welfare is the time I need to spend away from my own 3 dogs (Joey, Rina and Jorro) and 7 cats (Sasha, Misha, Gigi, Yana, Bella, Pancho and Suzi) to do that – those 10 are just that awesome, and funny.
What do you want you want your legacy to be?
To me, the idea of ‘legacy’ can easily get wrapped up in vanity and ego.
Instead, I only care about impact.
My challenge therefore is to build an organization – Every Dog Matters (EU) – and cultural presence that long outlives me and is still making a huge impact on homeless and shelter dog/cat welfare in Eastern Europe decades after I’m gone.
Like the founders of Britain’s National Trust back in 1895, hardly anybody knows their names but all of the UK still benefits today from their vision, determination and impact 124 years earlier.
Fellow Australian Fred Hollows is another huge inspiration in terms of impact.
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