A Story from the Past
In 1953 the world was simple yet very matter-of-fact. People were important, animals were simply pets to keep or discard at will. The no-kill concept of today did not exist. Best Friends Animal Sanctuary was a non-entity. Rescue groups couldn’t be found and “the pound” was where people took their animals when they could no longer afford them or they were too sick to take care of them.
An eight year old child suffered insurmountable grief when she arrived home from school one day and found her beloved three year old terrier was gone. The dog had unfortunately been set upon by fleas which had infested his ears internally. The mother of the eight year old child had been abandoned by her husband and had four other children to support on $200 per month from the welfare. The dog cried day and night for someone to relieve its pain but there was no money for medication and the only alternative was a phone call to the local animal shelter or the dog pound as it was called.
The dog was euthanized the following day even though it was healthy and strong and only three years of age. The mother’s sadness at the decision she was forced to make followed her to her grave. Just months before she died she had a stroke and was constantly calling for Tippy, the little terrier she had been forced to put to sleep so early in his life. It had been over 50 years and the troubling event still remained hidden in her subconscious mind.
We Have a New World Today
Today we are fortunate to have the no kill sanctuaries such as Best Friends and numerous others that protect the helpless victims of abuse and abandonment. All too often we forget to send our extra cash to lend a helping hand to those who cannot speak for themselves. As the summer months are upon us we vacation and enjoy spending the extra money we have saved all year. Isn’t too bad we don’t stop to think about the many animals that need our help?
Organizations abound such as A.S.P.C.A, HSUS (Humane Society of the United States) and Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. Local rescues such as STRMN (Shih Tzu Rescue of Minnesota are filled with animals needing your help. In addition, the All Paws listing on the internet is showing adoptions available by state.
Adopt before Buying
Most every breed has adoption facilities available. There are thousands of helpless animals seeking a loving home. Never purchase a dog from an ad online or in a pet store. You are only supporting the horribly cruel puppy mills where helpless animals live a tortured life in cages and without any human contact.
People often do not wish to undergo the scrutiny required when adopting a pet, but you will never regret the effort. It is true there are forms to complete and interviews to undergo, but in the end it is well worth your time. You will have added joy just knowing you have given comfort to a lonely animal searching for a loving home.
Animals need our help. Don’t disappoint them.