November 5th 2010 12:29 pm
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Tuche was a little Pom mix that ended up at the South LA Animal Care & Control facility, he arrived at the "shelter" on November 2, 2010. Tuche was - are you ready for this? - 20 YEARS OLD!!! He was surrendered by his owner which is something I cannot understand, to have a friend for 20 years and then turn your back on him because he's old and has some health problems - what a despicable thing to do to an animal!
Tuche's story was shared on FB and people started mobilizing and contacting rescuers in the LA area and, lo & behold, a rescuer called the shelter and told them she would be there the following morning to pick him up ... but *tears streaming down Ralphie's face* the "shelter" put him to sleep even though they KNEW help was on the way!!!
This is happening all the time in "shelters" across our country and people need to speak up and put a stop to this senseless killing of dogs and cats. These county facilities are funded by YOUR tax dollars and it's the responsibility of every animal lover to ensure that healthy dogs and cats are not put to sleep, that rescuers are given easier access to these animals so they can be pulled from "shelters" and placed in foster homes until loving, forever homes are found for them.
There needs to be an outcry so LOUD that it is heard around the world - a cry of NO MORE SENSELESS KILLING IN OUR "SHELTERS"!! Something needs to be done and if you want to join a wonderful movement, then I recommend you check out No Kill Nation:
It can be done, it is being done already and it needs to spread across the country like wildfire.
I know my mom's heart is hurting because she wanted Tuche to live out the rest of his life in a loving home. You see, my mom loves old dogs and cats, her heart belongs to an 18 1/2 year old Yorkie - me! She knows it's a lot of work caring for an older animal but she also knows the joy of looking into wise old eyes because there is so much love in them, so much peace shining in old eyes.
Tuche could have lived out his life in a loving home, help for Tuche was on the way but the "shelter" would not give him this last gift of love - they could not wait one more day.
If you're wondering why I put quotations marks around the word "shelter", it's because I do not believe most of these facilities act as "shelters". You see, according to Webster's dictionary, shelter means: "That which covers or defends from injury or annoyance; A structure that provides privacy and protection from danger; One who protects; a guardian; a defender; The state of being covered and protected; protection; security."
In my opinion, most of these facilities are not shelters, they're just killing stations where healthy cats and dogs are put to sleep every single day.
Please, do what you can to change these horrible statistics - approximately 5 million cats and dogs are put to sleep in US "shelters" every year.
And tell everyone to SPAY AND NEUTER and to adopt from a rescue league or "shelter"
Until they all have a home!
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Mommy and I do not believe humans who surrender loving furiends of 20 years are ever allowed to be on the Bridge. I was never in a shelter, although I was a rescued doggie, I went straight to a lovely foster home and then to live with Mommmy and my kitties. Mommy only donates to our wonderful no-kill shelter near our home - she has been there many times and knows it is a good place and we hope one day all shelters can be like that.