March 12th 2010 10:09 pm
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Or can you suck it up, deal with it, and read the very important expose of the TRUTH posted by our friends, The Roo Crew.
It's titled "The Ugly Truth From the Eyes of a Shelter Worker".
How many of us will see that title and pass over it quickly, because we know, we know, we know, but we just don't want to deal with it today.
Cowards. It IS the ugly truth--an ugly truth that every single person who has ever purchased a dog from a pet store instead of adopting contributes to. An ugly truth that I contributed to over 35 years ago when I relinquished my sweet black dog Annie to a local shelter when we moved from my in-laws into our first flat. G*d forgive me in my ignorance. Annie, please forgive me...
"So how would you feel if you knew that there’s about a 90% chance that dog will never walk out of the shelter it is going to be dumped at? Purebred or not! About 50% of all of the dogs that are “owner surrenders” or “strays”, that come into my shelter are purebred dogs."
"The most common excuses I hear are; “We are moving and we can’t take our dog (or cat).” Really? Where are you moving too that doesn’t allow pets? Or they say “The dog got bigger than we thought it would”. How big did you think a German Shepherd would get? “We don’t have time for her”. Really? I work a 10-12 hour day and still have time for my 6 dogs! “She’s tearing up our yard”. How about making her a part of your family? They always tell me “We just don’t want to have to stress about finding a place for her we know she’ll get adopted, she’s a good dog”."
"Odds are your pet won’t get adopted & how stressful do you think being in a shelter is? Well, let me tell you, your pet has 72 hours to find a new family from the moment you drop it off. Sometimes a little longer if the shelter isn’t full and your dog manages to stay completely healthy. If it sniffles, it dies. Your pet will be confined to a small run/kennel in a room with about 25 other barking or crying animals. It will have to relieve itself where it eats and sleeps. It will be depressed and it will cry constantly for the family that abandoned it. If your pet is lucky, I will have enough volunteers in that day to take him/her for a walk. If I don’t, your pet won’t get any attention besides having a bowl of food slid under the kennel door...and the waste sprayed out of its pen with a high-powered hose."
"If your dog is big, black or any of the “Bully” breeds (pit bull, rottie, mastiff, etc) it was pretty much dead when you walked it through the front door. Those dogs just don’t get adopted. It doesn’t matter how ’sweet’ or ‘well behaved’ they are."
"If your dog doesn’t get adopted within its 72 hours and the shelter is full, it will be destroyed."
The entire diary entry is very gut-wrenching. But, WE OWE IT TO THE 4 MILLION SHELTER DOGS KILLED EVERY YEAR TO READ THIS ENTIRE ENTRY. We who love dogs, we who cherish dogs, we need to remember those 4 million and do whatever we can to reduce that number. We need to keep this in EVERYONE's face. Only then do they have half a chance... I've learned the truth. I adopt. From shelters. Never again will I contribute to the killing.
Read it. Copy it. Post it. Get it out there. Keep it out there. Give them a chance.
It took a lot of courage to write that, and for that, I applaud you. It's so sadly true. We wish more people would understand that animals, all animals have feelings.
Some people don't believe that. "They're just dogs!", I have heard from some people- or "just animals". They love, they feel happiness, they care for their young, and they feel sadness, fear and pain at the hands of people who are just cold and unfeeling.
If we could, we (my mom) would adopt ALL the unwanted and homeless and abused animals- Mom is actually planning on something she can do.
She's been looking for a ranch/farm- somewhere with a lot of land that she can buy with her VA loan, and turn it into a place that she can take in as many animals that she can.. Something like "Best Friends" in Utah.
Possibly make it into a non-profit place so the animals could have somewhere to go and be given a chance.
We don't know where it will be, but it's in the beginning stages. She's looking all across the U.S.
We believe all animals deserve love and care and a home where humans love and appreciate them.
God bless you for all that you do for the Black Pearl dogs, and all dogs.
You have a forever friendship with our family for your kindness and generousity and your mission.
We're with you all the way!!!
With much love, tail wags and woofs,
Linda, Sammy, Vinnie and Casey
(all 2nd hand dogs, and the ones before them)
THANKS, Vinnie (she took me in when my owner could no longer "keep" me, and I'm grateful.)
Oh, me again. I was so moved, that I didn't notice that "The Roo Crew" wrote that in their diary. Duly noted.
Thanks for posting it again, though; I probably wouldn't have seen it.
And thanks again to YOU for all that YOU guys do.