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I Love Facebook but OMG!

As an animal lover, I of course subscribe to all of the animal stuff: animal rights, animal rescue, animal heroes, animal abuse, animal stories, animal YouTube, on and on and on. It was the primary reason and impetus behind my volunteering for the animal rescue group I am now with.  And of course, one link leads to another, you get the picture. And don’t even get me started on the don’t eat meat, vegetarian/vegan stuff. Facebook played a big part in my decision to wander down that avenue too.

But the sad thing is, all of this animal rescue stuff also includes all of the horrible things people do to animals and all of the animals (with pictures) that were put to sleep each day. Did you know that in this country approximately 10,000 dogs and cats are euthanized EACH day? Yeah, you read that right.  Every day, 10,000 beautiful little critters, that’s 10,000 unconditionally loving dogs and slightly unconditionally loving cats meet their end, And those ends are often in gas chambers which is another horrific story in itself. And yes, I am part of the campaign to put an end to that atrocity. So for each little rescue that comes across my Facebook page each day, there is without a doubt hundreds that didn’t make it and their pictures make my heart ache and I cry. I hate it. And it is every day!

Getting back to the numbers: 10,000 each day and let’s calculate only 5 days per week, 52 weeks in the year. That’s giving those shelter peeps the weekend off from all that killing. So the numbers are: 50,000 per week and 2,600,000 per year. That is a lot of dogs and cats.

And you know what would go a long way towards reducing those numbers……yeah, that’s right. Spay and neuter. If I was president, puppy mills would be outlawed, they would just plain be against the law. That will take care of one of the most shameful things this country allows to be done to “man’s best friend”. Have any of you out there even seen what these mills looks like? It is totally disgusting. And some of the biggest offenders in the puppy mill trade with all of its horribleness is (drum roll please) the Amish! Did you know that? That fact totally changed my outlook about them. That’s for sure.

It has reached the point, what with all of this ridiculous breeding (greed driven), this country has huge numbers of purebreds filling up our shelters, and to top even that, people are charging big bucks now for “designer dogs”. When I was growing up, we called them mutts! I fear common sense and priorities are getting lost, and I am guessing it may well be a part of the dumbing down of America. Well, that’s working.

Getting back to spay and neuter and if I was president. No more puppy mills and mandatory, free spay and neuter clinics. It is the only solution to this horrible, horrible problem. I remember when I first heard someone tell me they wanted their dog/cat to have one litter so their children could witness the miracle of birth. If I was a bitch (at that time: I may actually be one now), I would have told them to take their children down to the shelter to witness the miracle of death too. A good follow up, a full circle of life and death. It is only fair and children deserve a well rounded education as preparation for what I envision may not be a nice future.

Life sucks but death sucks worse.

Jasmine, one of my rescues.

I rescued Jasmine from a certain death. I was working at a local nursing home which had a feral cat problem. This was back in 2006, the summer of. I wasn’t there long but long enough to be told by the administration that a critter catcher company was going to be trapping all of the cats which would then be euthanized. I was really upset but there was not a lot that I could do about it especially since most if not all of the cats on the grounds were feral. There was one particular cat, a little tiger, who every day would come across the lawn onto the patio to visit with one particular resident who was out there for the sunshine and the smoking of her cigarettes. Every day, this little tiger would show up and sit by the resident’s chair and visit with her. She wasn’t feral and was probably someone’s pet at one time, maybe dumped off or left behind. I made plans to take her home so she would not be trapped and put to sleep.

Little Jasmine

Thank goodness I followed through on my plan because I was let go from my position not long after I rescued this little tiger.

I named her Jasmine because she was very sweet. I had her spayed and introduced her to my other cats. She fit right in. I still have her and she is living a good life with me and my other cats.  She is a very small cat with big eyes, and very feisty.  I have no idea how old she is but was full grown when I rescued her. I am glad I was able to make a difference in her life ….. and mine.