Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shelter Animals

I'm going to spend a little time today talking about one topic that is very close to my heart. The topic; animal shelters, and the sad fact that there are an overwhelming number of unwanted and abandoned dogs and cats in them. When we lived in Arizona (2000-2006) my husband and I spent one day each week volunteering at our local shelter. We would photograph every adoptable dog that came through the doors and put them on the web site with the hope that some of them would find homes. A few did, for that we were grateful, and that's what kept us going. But sadly, most of them had to be put down when the shelter ran out of space. It's been over 3 years now and I have not had the heart to delete any of the thousands of photos that I took. I'm going to post a few random shots of some of these dogs.
I don't know if they were the lucky ones or not, but they all just wanted someone to care about them. They wanted to be loved like we all love our own family dog/s.

Okay here's where I get on the "bandwagon", and I’m sorry if you've heard this too many times before. I wish that there were stricter laws governing the breeding of dogs and cats in this country. I think that people who do not spay or neuter their family dogs should be fined. I think that it should be made mandatory to obtain a special breeding license for each litter. We all need to take more responsibility for the overwhelming number of animals that are literally disposed of every day in this country.

To know a shelter animal is to love one, but we can’t save them all.

1 comment:

  1. Hi MJ, great Post! I totally agree with you, there should be a law that defines who is allowed to breed and what they are allowed to breed with.
    And that not just in America, over here in Europe we have the same problems. We have a big problem with puppy milling in countries like Czechia and Poland (and I am sure there are others as well)
    where they breed tons of dogs and smuggle them (just a few weeks old) accross the borders, (often in the trunk of a car) into Austria and Germany where the weak puppies are sold on Highway Reststops and Parkinglots...