No matter how long I live I’ll never understand the mentality that leads to homeless, abandoned pets. Every time I encounter a dog like this my heart breaks a little more. Oh sure, this girl is very adoptable and will no doubt (due to the hard work, sacrifice and dedication of a tireless rescue person and group) soon find herself a wonderful home where she can grow up to be the love of someone’s life. But the issue that got her into this mess is what totally and thoroughly pisses me off.
Apathy can’t be solved by manning and funding rescue organizations. Unfortunately, it needs to be stopped at the root of the problem. But every time I try to figure out how this issue got so out of control, my head wants to explode. Meanwhile, people keep trying to save hundreds of thousands of animals that can’t fend for themselves, which is like trying to patch a leaking dike with duct tape. Yes, SOMETHING has to be done, but is rescue solving the problem? I’m not so sure, given there are more grassroots rescue operations up and running now than ever before, and at some point or another each and every one of them has been overwhelmed with intake overload.
Is it possible the apathetic have been taught think that rescue is plan “B” whenever a pet doesn’t work out for any reason? (And the list of reasons is long and many would make you VERY angry.) In mean, if you KNEW someone would come along and take (rescue) your pet every time something didn’t work out as planned, would it be tempting to use that as your “fall back” plan? In that sense, has rescue helped perpetuate the very problem it strives to fix?
I understand that sometimes a pet turns out to be a bad fit and sometimes life throws a curve ball that we can’t dodge. Without question, in certain situations rescue is absolutely necessity to save the lives of an innocent animal who did nothing to deserve such a fate except be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But discarding pets has become a way of life for some people in certain areas of the country and these people seem perfectly content just to dump their animals at their local high kill “shelter” (an oxymoron if I ever heard one) and let someone else deal with the fallout. I honestly hope there’s a speciial place in Hell for those folks … and that’s being kind.
I don’t know what the answer is, I only know that the system is broken. There are far too many nice pets who need decent homes and way too many people who think nothing of just letting “the system” handle their mistakes. I don’t know why this sweet, innocent little Kelpie mix was abandoned (or lost) and why nobody even bothered to try to claim her. I lost my dog once and I was frantic for three days. Frantic. Yet nobody thought enough of this cute little girl to try to find her? Shame on them. Really. For shame.
This is a very trusting, kind, energetic, young pup who would think she died and went to heaven if she had her own person to snuggle and kiss. Was it tempting to bring her home? Oh man, you BET … and I still can’t get her off my mind. But I have two intense, adult herding dogs and I can’t just bring home another young adult without some very serious thought.
Look at that face, that happy, eager-to-please smile, then ask yourself if you could just hand someone the leash and leave this little girl to be gassed?