You are not a young child. You are deaf, blind or missing a limb. You have a medical condition. You are of a certain ethnicity. You are black. You are not a social butterfly.
You are going to spend the rest of your life in an institution, sharing cramped quarters with many others like you.
Or you will be killed.
Do you love animals? Of course. Do we really want to treat our fellow creatures this way? No. And yet we do, every day, across our country. Our beloved pets, who are turned in to shelters because we feel we can no longer personally care for them, who have accidentally ended up outside wandering the streets, or who have been born in those streets – this is what we do to them. We do this, because we turn our heads to what is happening, pretend it doesn’t, do nothing to stop it. And when we go to get a new pet for our home? We want puppies and kittens. Adorable, squishy-faced, can’t pass up those big eyes babies. We leave the others behind.
September 19th – 25th is Adopt a Less-Adoptable Pet Week. It has been proclaimed to raise awareness and concern for these pets, these wonderful and loving animals who deserve better. EVERYONE can help! Do you know someone who is considering adopting a pet? Suggest they consider one who is in this category. Spread the word, through emails, letters to newspapers, coworkers, your Facebook and Twitter posts – this is a week to concentrate on those who’ve been carelessly cast aside.
Who are less-adoptable pets? According to a Petfinder.com survey, these are the pets waiting the longest, many times in vain, hoping for a home –
Go to The Facebook page for Be The Change For Pets, you will find suggestions for what you can do, even help with doing it. Go to the Petfinders.com for more information. Whether you adopt, post a blog, Facebook or Twitter entry, send a letter to your local newspaper, talk with friends and family about the possibilities with less-adoptable pets, donate or volunteer with your local rescue group or shelter — it all helps. Even if you are able to free only one pet from a shelter, giving it a life in a loving home, imagine if you were that animal. It’s priceless.
This coming week we dedicate to those who have loved, lost, and with our help – will love again.