|Barked: Sun Jan 6, '13 9:46pm PST |
|Duncan, I don't know what happened, I could have sworn there was a post from you after my previous post, and then it wasn't there. I was at my low ebb AND engaged in a rather stressful back-and-forth on Facebook, and thought tlyou must have decided to delete it for some reason--forgetting that on Dogster, unlike FB, you really can't do that. It must have been a previous post on another page.
Brain fart all the way. Sorry.
And yes, I agree with you that most shelters here don't do all the fancy stuff, because at a fundamental level humans are programmed to default to lazy, to do what needs to be done and not stuff that seems unnecessary. The two I talked about, as well as the one you mentioned, though, have a significant impact.
We've talked offline about the impact of the climate, making it harder to keep dogs outside, and thereby increasing the extent to which they become family members rather than possessions. It also matters that when you bring home a puppy or kitten people ask when, not if, they'll be fixed. Social expectation is self-reinforcing.
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