It’s 5am. The skies are still filled with darkness and the cold is wavering across the pavement. The dogs in the animal shelter begin to rustle, as they hear the sound of jingling keys at the door. The dogs have lived another day to experience a chance at a loving home, or so they think. But then it hits, the euthanasia crew comes in to “do the duty.” A number of dogs get released from their cages one by one. They think they are getting a walk! Love, affection, breakfast…but no. That poor dog never had a chance. They are walking to their death. In an hour they will be laying lifeless in a black plastic bag…
Animal shelters need help year round. Whether it’s with adoptions, volunteering or donations, it’s always a good time to assist rescues. August 20, 2017 is National Homeless Animal Day, so let’s discuss some ways that you can be a big help to the homeless animals in your area and around the world.
I know it’s a chilling subject, but animal abuse happens everywhere, everyday. It doesn’t matter how rich, poor, nice or mean people are. Animal abusers can be standing next to us in line at the grocery store. Scary thought, right? Although people who abuse animals don’t have a stamp on their forehead (dang it!) you may suspect that a friend, neighbor or even family member is abusing their animals. I have a list of actions you can take if you suspect animal cruelty.
I’m so sick of hearing this news story – “Animal shot dead because human fell into zoo enclosure.” There are way too many problems with this. I don’t know what the ultimate solution is, as every circumstance is different, but I do know that I can’t stand to hear another story about a beautiful creature dying because of a stupid human being.
The “pound” is a depressing place. I cry every time I go. And that’s no joke. Seeing terrified, sick animals behind chain link doors never gets easier to deal with. Especially seeing senior dogs look up at you as you walk by…ugh. You can’t help but wonder if they are going to spend their last days on earth alone in a kennel. But these are all of the reasons I go to Maricopa County Animal Care & Control. If someone doesn’t help and speak for these animals, who will?