Please don't leave me!
The matter in which we as intelligent and supposedly 'humane' creatures dispose of our 'pets' is despicable at the least! And for those 'pets' it is heart-breaking!
Most of us have been hit hard by economy and the dying job market, but for me it does not explain why we 'get rid of' a 'pet' in such manner!
Maybe I am wrong for thinking of them as family, but I find it hard to think of a living creature as nothing but a 'tool'!
I don't know how many times I saw dogs in horrible conditions along streets and highways! It breaks my heart! And the cats that do get caught by Animal Control face certain death! The adoption rate for any animal is practically non-existent, but for cats the trip to AC is too often their last! Millions of pets are euthanized every year!
And the methods are too often very much compatible what Adolf Hitler and his Nazis did to the Jews! Or what would you call death by gas or 'heart-stick'?!
Any true rescuer will tell you about the heartbreak, the many times they burned out and couldn't stop, the hundreds of emails about needy and unwanted animals facing death!
But... "If not you, who? If not now, when?"
Ever wondered why some hunting dogs have numbers painted on their sides?
Somebody didn't see them important enough to name them!
And when they fail or season is over, they 'get rid of' them!
I once picked up a 23lb Foxhound from a busy highway. A dog who should have weight 65lbs and needed fed every hour small portions until we were sure he wouldn't die!
Soon after I pulled another Foxhound from a horrible kill shelter. She was skin and bones and unable to eat large portions of food! The vet said she had gotten too used to little or no food!
The local dumping ground 'delivered' to me a handsome Schnauzer mix. It was cold, dark and rainy and he could have been easily run over by a passing car!
A former neighbor had three beautiful Lab pups. While I was gone they walked into a yard to visit an unspayed Pit that a lady kept as a watch dog. She complained about the 'visit' and the dogs were picked up. The neighbor didn't feel like picking them and they were euthanized. They were the neighborhood kids' best friends until the day they died an unnecessary death!
The same neighborhood always had strays running around. The two times I didn't take one in showing up at my house... I found it dead a day later on the side of the road. I had asked their owners to please contain them and keep them safe!
Too many friends and coworkers used my affiliation with animal rescue to have me 'remove their issues'. Sometimes people would throw animals across my fence and drive off!
But the worst one came two nights ago when I am coming home from class! I found this cat on the road that friends and I belief to have been dumped.
She is blind!
It was dark, it was cold, she was in the middle of the road... blind!
The Horror never ends!
I could show you hundreds of horror stories send to me by email or posted on my Facebook wall! The methods used are just horrible!
Animals starve, get run over, get shot by annoyed neighbors, end up in kill shelters to be euthanized!
Or worse: End up picked up from classified websites for free and used as dog bait for dog fighting; dying a often slow, horribly painful and drawn out death!
Who am I kidding!? It's not just 'pets'! The chicken trucks from a nearby farm always make me want to cry!
What happened to a Society that is considered ...social, humane, civilized, educated...?!
If we claim to be the 'better' species, than why was this blind cat sitting in the middle of nowhere on the road; just waiting to be run over!?
We humans are the only species that will hurt another or ourselves for poor spite! No other species will hurt or kill without reasons of survival or genetically imprinted survival instincts not lost in domestication!
Why did the blind cat sit on the road? Why did the starving Hound get ignored by docents of people driving pass in their cars? Why was the dog tied up at the Vet's office door?
If you allow a living creature into your life, no matter if child, dog, cat or else, you are responsible for their well-being!
So if you have to 'get rid of it', please do it responsible and be the 'better' species!
"I'm not giving you a pass!"
- Dog owner - I am not giving you a pass - National Dogs | Examiner.com
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