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The Pets of America Deserve Far Better, From All of Us
As the 10-Year Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches and I make plans to re-visit New Orleans, I have sadly realized that not much has improved for the plight of America’s pets some 10 years later. In many ways, things have actually gotten much worse for them.
In the six months following Katrina, we managed to rescue over 15,000 surviving, left behind pets on The Gulf Coast. Over 80 percent of these rescued pets were not spayed or neutered, and had no microchip or I.D. collar. Less than 10 percent of these 15,000 left behind pets were ever reunited with their owners.
Six months after Katrina, the pets that we had sadly not managed to rescue had now turned ‘feral’ and packs of now feral dogs and cats were taking up residence in abandoned homes and buildings, and producing more and more and more offspring which no one wanted. My good friends at The Humane Society of Louisiana are still caring for some Katrina Left Behinds, some 10 years later.
And so very sadly to me, over the last 10 years, over 80 percent of the pets that I’ve rescued from the mean streets of Chicago and its suburbs are not spayed or neutered, and have no microchip or I.D. collar. Homeless and feral dogs and cats are now living everywhere today, all across America, and no one wants them.
There are thousands of homeless dogs living on the streets of numerous cities in America today - cities like Los Angeles, Detroit; St. Louis; and Houston. And by some estimates, there are over a million homeless cats now living in and around the city of Chicago.
And these very sad days for pets, I can rarely find anyone willing to foster or to adopt the pets that I do manage to rescue from a very cruel life out on the streets, pets like the three tiny homeless ‘July 4th kittens' now in my care. I have sadly not found anyone willing to adopt them – and this is so very sadly ‘the norm’ for most pet rescuers all across America today.
And today, America’s animal shelters are all overflowing with unwanted, relinquished, unclaimed pets that so many people are still leaving behind, that so many people are still not getting spayed or neutered, and are still not micro-chipping, all across this vast nation of ours.
I have been hearing a lot of talk about a ‘No-Kill Nation’ for 10 years now, yet I sadly know that this will never happen in my lifetime. We as a nation of so called ‘Pet Lovers’ have very sadly learned very little from the lessons that Hurricane Katrina offered us some 10 years ago.
Please Spay and Neuter Your Own Pets; Please Microchip Them; and Please, Don’t Let Them Run Loose to Produce More and More and More Unwanted Pets.
And Please – Adopt, Don’t Shop – For Your Next Pet.
The Pets of America Deserve Far Better, From All of Us.
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|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
timely, needed, and so true.
I cannot fathom folks who continue to drive out to the country where apparently they believe we have no pets; so they leave theirs
Husband and I agreed that we are at an age that we cannot bring more young critters into the fold.
20 years ago Grizzly came to live with us, and this week she has crossed the rainbow bridge, here, at my house animals live long, spayed, fed, played with and well loved.
We do not want to outlive the fur people who are our companions.
however, we have gained a young something dog, huge, of course, very polite, beginning to show rib on Jan 1 when he sat hopefully on the front porch ... Husband had taken the ham bone out to leave for the raccoons ... Winston sat, eyeing the bone longingly, but despite hunger he politely waited until it and the meat on it were offered.
and, we have 2 new marmalade tabbies, young kids, one boy, one girl, claiming the front porch as theirs.
I'm not turning them away.
wish we could take the kittens, I admire your dedication and determination.
I will shout one more time SPAY is NOT a 4 letter word.
|Reviewed by Ronald Hull
|It seems that ignorance and superstition rule the world these days. They always did as I recall animals were treated in my youth, but there are more of us and more of us are moving from the country to the city while not changing our country ways when we do.
The problem is worldwide and affects wild animals even more than domesticated ones. As we scavenge the ecosystem for our perverse needs, we are forcing many species toward extinction at a rapid rate.
Sadly, knowing that animals have a short life anyway, I'm okay with euthanasia rather than caging animals for long periods of time with no hope for adoption.
|Reviewed by Eva Pasco
|An article worth its weight in words written on behalf of strays that have become a blight on society through no fault of their own but through ignorance and neglect. I think if humans can't get a grip on what was lost during Katrina, it stands to reason the animals will suffer a worse fate.|
|Reviewed by Odin Roark
|Sad, indeed. There's a part of me rooting for the animals in the new TV series "Zoo," and there's another part that quietly weeps with pity on the unconscious humans that constitute the motivation to produce such a series showing the anger of animals in revolt, instead of a series that might dramatize the endless love they are capable of giving to both humans and their fellow animals.|