I’m a very blessed person. I still have my KC dog (see picture on right). I have a nice home with a big, well fenced backyard. I make enough money to care for an animal that may need medical care. And as I learned with Toni, I have no problem adjusting my life to care for the life of another. Therefore, I think it is important that I take in the animal others may overlook out of necessity or preference. I realize that not everyone can care for an older or ill animal but I can, so I should. The thought of a dog living out the remaining time he/she has, alone in a shelter is just too much for me to take. How lonely and painful must that be for them? (One dog I’m considering is Bo)
Not everyone agrees with what Gary Francione has to say about animal rights. Even I don’t. But I do like his reference to the dogs he and his partner care for as “refugees”. I’m not going to go into his argument against domestication (you can read his article). However, I do want to provide a few facts about the lives of domesticated animals, specifically dogs and cats in the United States. Sadly the statistics show that animals often end up as refugees seeking refuge not in a foreign country but in a foreign environment so they can avoid abusive, cruel or heartless lives.
Seven dogs & cats are born every day for each person born in the U.S. Of those, only 1 in 5 puppies and kittens stay in their original home for their natural lifetime. The remaining are often abandoned to the streets or end up at a shelter.
An estimated 5 million cats and dogs are killed in shelters each year. That’s one about every six and one half seconds. Millions more are abandoned, only to suffer from illness or injury before dying.