This is the beginning. Not the beginning of my personal journey and quest to living in a no more homeless pets world, as that began long ago. This is the beginning of the documentation and reflection of my rescue efforts and those of my fellow fur-loving friends. This will be an “in the trenches,” if you will, look into the day-to-day lives of animal rescuers, and the sweet souls of the helpless, deserving animals we are trying to rescue.
….We live in a world where it’s “OK” to discard a pet at a kill shelter because a puppy is too much work, or you are moving to an apartment that doesn’t take pets, or you’re suddenly allergic to your 8 year old cat.
….We live in a world where dog fighting exists in the basement of a million dollar mansion in the burbs, not just in the back alley of a poor, inner-city neighborhood.
….We live in a world where people purposely breed their pet so their children can “witness the miracle of birth” – but then discard the babies like they were yesterday’s garbage.
….We live in a world where a majority of people buy animals from breeders and pet stores because they have no idea 4 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year – because there simply aren’t enough homes for them. And those that do know and still buy from breeders and pet stores, well, shame on them.
Animal cruelty, neglect and homelessness exist in many forms – some forms which seem utterly heinous to most people made aware of them, yet typically the only response revoked is a turn of their head. If you look the other way, it doesn’t exist, right? If you aren’t part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Whether it be signing an online petition to ban kill shelter gas chambers in exchange for a more humane method of euthanization, or personally pledging to always adopt a pet and never “buy” a pet – every single little bit matters. And the little bits add up to bigger bits, and before you know it we are on our way to living in a no more homeless pets world. Saving one by one, until there are none.