Read this informative article by Keith Sanderson, Guest Blogger, and writer for the Examiner on Animal Advocacy.
a fate that awaits almost 11,000 cats and dogs a day in America. Max is also an
example of the incredible animals waiting for homes at shelters in every state
in the country.
Imagine how indignant many, perhaps most of us would be if we heard of a country that killed almost 11,000 animals a day and dumped their bodies in landfills. To add to this disgrace the populace of this country doesn’t use the fur, the meat, or any portion of the animals, they just kill them and dispose of the dead animals as if they are trash.
Ironically, that is what happens in America each day. According to The Humane Society of the United States, “Four million cats and dogs—about one every eight seconds—are put down in U.S. shelters each year.” That is almost 11,000 animals a day or one every eight seconds.
The Humane Society of the United States and others may use the words “put down,” or “euthanize .“ The stark reality is these animals are dead. The lives of the vast majority of them have been ended because they didn’t have a forever home, there was no room at a shelter, or no foster home available to take them.
What a waste. What an incredible waste; Shame on us as a society to allow this carnage to occur day, after day; Shame on us as taxpayers for allowing most of our municipal and county animal shelters to be part of the death process; Shame on us as individuals to stand by and allow these deaths to continue, minute after minute, day after day, year after year.
It’s time everyone who has a modicum of conscience, anyone who hates waste, anyone who loves animals to say enough and to begin doing something about this situation.
I am not going to suggest solutions to stop the carnage. Those solutions are well known, starting with the spaying and neutering of pets, or better funding of shelters, or getting more people to adopt from shelters. What I am going to suggest is that if you are reading this and it bothers you that you live in a nation that ends the lives of nearly 110000 animals a day just because they don’t have homes, than become proactive.
You can pick up a phone and volunteer to help at a shelter, or regularly donate to a shelter or animal advocacy group, or do something else. If you aren’t sure what you can do you can begin by reading ‘Defending the Defenseless: A Guide to Advocating and Protecting Pets by Allie Phillips, author, attorney and advocate.’ In her book Phillips provides a practical and no nonsense look into the world of animal advocacy and how to become involved.
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