ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Pets and Animals»
  • Animal Care & Safety

Diary of an Animal Rescuer

Updated on October 10, 2016
Alec Zander profile image

Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.

I have known Kaleb Lynch for some time now, long enough that I can tell when he is serious and when he is joking. Let me be very clear: he has never been more serious. The following contains his words, the words of a man that is outraged, the words of a man that loves and cares for the animals he advocates, the words of a man that wants to be heard so that the animals of Jackson County, North Carolina have a chance to live. Open your eyes, listen, and understand that they need help. They need more voices that will speak for these dogs and cats. The animals can't verbally tell you how they're feeling, how they want to be loved, how they want a home with a bed and a pillow to lay their weary head on. Kaleb is an advocate of these animals, and he needs your help.

This is Kaleb's message to everyone:

"As an animal advocate living in Cullowhee, North Carolina, I am fiercely loyal to the dogs and cats of Jackson County, particularly those at the Jackson County Animal Shelter. JCAS has operated without euthanizing a healthy, adoptable dog for nearly the past 2 years. They have come dangerously close to breaking that streak and if it wasn’t for the dedicated collaborative effort between ARF Humane Society of Jackson County, Catman2, and JCAS, many dogs would have perished long before their time. The influx of cats and dogs to JCAS continues to be a problem, despite many years of free or deeply discounted spay/neuter services provided by ARF and Catman2 and innovative community programs like Trap/Neuter/Return and pet food pantries.

Nationwide, approximately 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized each year. I’m writing this letter because I am disgusted that Humane Society International has recently brought more dogs into our already overwhelmed county. Korean dogs who are bred and raised for food there have now been funnelled into our county and Swain county, along with three other rescue shelters in North Carolina, taking up resources and space. The receiving shelter in Southern Jackson County has been “too full” to help with the burden of an overflowing JCAS, and Swain County doesn’t even have its own animal control facility. The bottom line is: bringing more dogs into our state (one of the top states for euthanasia) and our local communities is irresponsible at best and fatal at worst - not to the dogs brought in, but to our own dogs.

Charity starts at home. What about dogs in our own area who are at risk of dying through no fault of their own? These dogs are closer and cheaper to rescue, but they certainly won’t land you on a CNN spotlight or bring in lots of donations. We have a greater duty to help those in our own communities, as we have allowed these animals to be bred, abandoned, and mistreated. On what basis can we aim to solve the rest of the world’s problems when we cannot address the ones in our own backyard? Because it sounds good to rescue a dog from the meat trade? Is India going to come rescue the beef cattle in the pasture across the street because they disagree with our inhumane factory farming? No.

A young mixed breed dog named Thunder - not even a year old - is at risk of being euthanized for space. There's a heartworm positive hound named Shelby cowering in her kennel. There's Pit type dog after pit type dog after hound after hound. Their confused, sad eyes look to us for answers from behind bars of their kennels. We have failed them.

ARF will continue to work its small, underfunded, cancer-ridden group of dedicated rescue warriors to the bone in order to save the dogs of JCAS, but the day will come when they can no longer stay afloat. If ARF sinks, there is no one else in the county who is actively pulling dogs from JCAS. Please, stand up, get angry at the many injustices for animals in our own community, and *do something*. Foster, adopt, volunteer, donate. Act. Before it’s too late.

This may not get published, but this is me throwing shade in a diplomatic way while also casting light on what I believe is an important issue. And by the way, just because I am deeply passionate about animal causes does NOT mean that I lack passion and support for people causes.

Kaleb Lynch

Cullowhee, NC"

© 2016 Alec Zander

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)