I showed this post to my son yesterday because we are running a rescue and I want him to understand the severity of this issue. His initial reaction was just like mine except my mind grasped the reality after about 2 seconds. His didn't. I wasn't trying to break his innocence, the kid is old enough for a reality check too. Running a rescue is far from unicorns and rainbows. It's a gut wrenching, heart breaking, emotional roller coaster every day and the deeper we get into this rescue stuff the harder it gets. I want to cry and scream and beg the people who are adding to the problem. I wish with every ounce of my being that there was something I could have done for each and every dog in this picture.
Maybe if I had seen this picture a few years ago I wouldn't have been so set on having puppies to grow up with my kids. I look back to the letter I wrote to the rescue asking for a puppy... I really wish I knew then what I know now... I did get those puppies BTW, from a backyard breeder on craigslist who swore they were not breeding and that the pup was an accident and had a pretty compelling story to go along with it... they had another accident 6 months later.
I took both puppies. I was ready for them. It had been more than 25 years since I had a dog.
I was a kid when I found a starving puppy in a park and took her to my home where I could barely care for myself. I loved her fiercely but I was clueless and broke and we were both being abused. I didn't exercise her, or myself, so she/we were destructive. I didn't properly train her, and worse, I couldn't pay for the vaccines or to have her spayed. I imagined her in the picture below when I saw it for the first time. I'll never ever forget the pup that I sent to the shelter. Not because I am an asshole but because I didn't know better.
I wish I could go back to that clueless, irresponsible girl and help her. Educate her and make her aware of the consequences of not properly caring for her pet, how lack of exercise and training can lead to costly destruction and how being unable to properly care for oneself typically means a shelter is in the pet's future. I wish I could go back and tell that pup I was sorry for what she went through. I swore that I wouldn't get another dog until I was ready, really ready, and once I did, the guilt of what I thought I had to do all those years ago influenced me to make it my mission to reach as many people like me as I can.
The message is simple. We cannot reduce the sheer number of homeless animals in our city shelters and rescues until we stop doing the thing that's fueling the fire.. breeding puppies.
So this I ask of you today.. please, I understand, all the way down to the bottom of my heart, your reasons for wanting a puppy, I had them myself, but please take a look at that picture below, as much as it breaks your heart, look at it and let it soak in that that post is real. That was ONE DAY in a shelter. There are collars on some of those dogs and could have easily been the pet that you accidently let get out of your back yard and never really bothered to try to find or the one that would have been the best thing that ever happened to you and your family. And just so you know.. shelters have puppies too.
I don't know who took that picture. It's a public FB post from 2 years ago.
I can only imagine what some of the shelter workers see daily.
It took this picture to really make it real for me. Scroll down if you want to see the post. There is no blood or gore, just sadness and reality.
PLEASE. STOP BREEDING PUPPIES AND SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS. Not yelling... just wanted you to see this if you are just scrolling. If you cannot afford to do so please look up FB groups that will help. There are lots of nonprofit organizations that will cover the cost including mine. AND for those in my area there is a low cost clinic in Checotah on Thursdays and they even have a pickup site if you can't make the trip yourself.
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