MAKE SURE YOU NEVER PLACE A PET
INTO A SITUATION LIKE THIS
Something very similar to this happens 6-8 million times each year in the United States alone.!!!
Almost a thousand times daily!!
SHARE THIS STORY!!! MAKE SURE THAT YOU AND THOSE AROUND YOU DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO THE FURTHERANCE OF THIS TRAGEDY.
YOU ARE YOUR ANIMALS' "LOVING HOME" A True Story
Told by Jim Willis
The man walked into
the lobby of the animal shelter. Behind him, two
The man waited
nervously on a line of other people surrendering animals
him. He frantically looked around the lobby. He spotted me with two cats
in carriers as I was taking papers from a shelter worker and preparing to leave.
He quickly sensed a rescue situation and begged me if I could also take his
dogs. "My dogs are wonderful," he told me. "They are well trained, gentle,
affectionate, good with kids. They are only two years old. I am moving and cannot
take them with me. My animals need a loving home!"
But, I could not take them. I explained to the desparage man that while I could not
immediately take his dogs, I would get their intake numbers and let him know what
was happening with the animals. I promised, if possible, I would try to find a placement
situation for them. He gave me his pager number as he did not yet have a phone. He
signed his dogs over to the shelter. When a shelter worker came to
former guardian fought back tears and then forced himself to look the other way
-- and exit the
sleep." I was told that both dogs behaved "aggressively"
in the shelter. One had
being held for another day or two for a "reevaluation." I asked if I could see the surviving
dog and was told I
I raced to the
shelter to see the dog who still was alive. From the back
He was terrified.
Less than five minutes later he called me back. I told him what happened and
about his surviving dog. "If you want this dog to live, you need to get to the
shelter and reclaim
him immediately! He is not going into adoptions."
The man started
screaming hysterically on the phone. "THEY KILLED MY
The next day the
Director of the Shelter called to scream at me for
told him he should be happy that his shelter had one less dog to kill. But, all
he was interested in was keeping the actions of the shelter workers secretive
so that others would not find out how little chance most of these animals
truly ever get.
happened to me several years ago. Since then I have witnessed
abandonment and being thrust into unfamiliar and
the shelter staff would do what they could for the pets, most of them die.
Many of them way
The lesson to be
learned is that the acquisition of animals is a
through the cracks. The real solution is in human responsibility: Education can
also be very helpful as most everyone who brings their pet to the shelter, seems to
believe that they have no other options, but they do. They think that we can spend
the time to get to know this pet, and therefore have an easier time in placing him/her.
We can't. It's not bad enough that so many adults are simply being irresponsible and
sentencing their poor and usually innocent pets to a certain death. Then we have so many
other adults unable to understand WE HAVE TOO MANY DOGS AND CATS
RIGHT NOW! We need them to understand how important it is to have their
fixed so we don't bring more into the world right now.
Nobody else, but YOU!!