Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Reality Check

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.” - Albert Schweitzer

It is estimated that 56% of dogs and 71% of cats that enter animal shelters are euthanized.

"You only have one day left." I heard the shelter worker say. Does this mean I get a second chance? Am I going home today?
It is easy to not think about the suffering that so many animals are enduring even now, but that doesn't mean its not happening. And I don't want to depress you or make you feel bad. But once in awhile, asking you to face the reality of what is happening, is that okay? If you can, please help. Adopt a homeless animal, or foster an animal for a short time, or donate your time or money to a shelter or rescue group. At a minimum, spay and neuter your pets, make sure they have a collar with tags, and don't abandon them, thinking that someone else will care for them! More than likely they'll spend the last few days of their life in a scary noisy place where they don't know anyone, and then be killed. You are the best they will ever have - so do the best you can for them.