And today I cried..

Posted by Nina on Jun 11, 2008

I sat down this morning and started reading my regular haunts on the web when I stumbled upon an article about shelters putting animals down because they have no space. I don’t usually read these things, I just can’t emotionally take it… (I know its out there, I know its happening, I just can’t stand to read it every day), only this time I clicked by accident and saw pictures of the pets that have their date of doom in just about 7 hours (8am gas chamber).

First of all, I am not perfect, I’ve loved a great number of animals in my time.. and currently my family includes 3 dogs, 1 cat, and 1 fish.. we love our animals… they are active parts of our family and I truly can’t imagine my life without any of them. If you read my previous post you know just how attached I can get.. even to fish.


I have an acquaintance that phoned recently to tell me that they are thinking of getting another dog and I broke down. This person has given 2 cats and 2 dogs to the local pound (not a no-kill shelter) within the last 5yrs, and as much as I try to educate them and prevent yet another innocent animal from ending up in their home.. there is only so much I can do. I don’t think this person and I will be talking again. I basically told this person if they bought another animal I was done with them. We mixed words and basically just ended it with “well.. whatever” and we haven’t spoken since.. and today I realized… there are lots of people like them out there…. they purchase an animal, keep it while its cute and tiny, and then get rid of it as soon as it becomes a problem…. and I broke down.

I wept. I cried for all the innocent animals put down by local shelters every year, for every single animal thats died at the hands of an abuser, every animal that was abandoned, beaten, and neglected.

Love your animals. Hug them, kiss them, cherish them, and above all else, love and respect them. They will truly do the same for you. There is no love more pure and great than an animals love for their family. They depend on you and they will always be there for you. Animals never neglect their owners (ok.. so some cats do… but isn’t that what we love about cats? their independence??) they will love you unconditionally for the rest of their little lives. I could never imagine my life without them in it. I’m not their ‘master’, I am their companion and they are mine. I respect their independence and their needs/desires and they respect mine. My little babies do not live on satin cushions and drink only evian, it’s not about luxuries, its about love.

I understand that sometimes circumstances may arise and your pet may need to find a new home.. however, as a pet owner its still your responsibility to make sure they are taken care of… and a shelter that kills is NOT the answer. Find it a loving home and if all else fails, a no kill shelter is the way to go… and if you can, please donate or adopt.

Keep them safe, love them, and appreciate them.

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