Let’s make ‘no more homeless pets’ happen
December 22, 2008
A friend of mine and I recently attended a three-day “No More Homeless Pets” event sponsored by Best Friends Animal Society. If you have never heard of Best Friends Animal Society, I encourage you to check them out at http://www.bestfriends.org, where you will find myriad resources on animals including behavior, training, nutrition and more. Lots of very useful information.
Anyway, it was very inspiring for us to be among 500 other animal advocates searching for ways to become a “no more homeless pets” society. While attending a session, a comment that one of the speakers made really stuck with me. He said
“We’re all animal lovers here, the animals have our hearts … what they need is our minds.” And it’s really true. We love our cats and dogs and want the very best for them. But what about the ones who have no one to love them or care for them?
We need to speak and act for the animals here in our own county. There are many cats and dogs that come through the doors of our Grand County shelter. Through no fault of their own they are homeless and alone.
We need to be creative and come up with ways to ensure that people around us understand that animals are not commodities, that they need us to be their voice. They rely on us to keep them safe and healthy and to help them avoid unwanted litters.
At this event, we learned that over the past two decades, the number of pets killed in U.S. shelters has been reduced from over 17 million per year to now just over 5 million per year. Still too many, of course, but we have come a long way as a society.
Success in the home stretch toward no more homeless pets takes a concerted community effort. My goal and that of the Pet Pals board is to increase our efforts toward awareness and education directed at responsible pet ownership. We are funded via donations so that we may support the spay/neuter program at the Grand County shelter and we need to do so much more. Working together we can bring about good and effective change in our society and it starts with local efforts (the think global and act local concept applies). This takes time and money and in difficult times even more creativity and thought is needed.
Now more than ever is a time to get involved, to make a difference. I encourage you to join Grand County Pet Pals if you are not already a member, to think of ways you can make a difference in the life of a homeless or abused animal and follow through on your ideas. What can we do in Grand County to solve the homeless pet problem?
E-mail me with your thoughts and ideas at firstname.lastname@example.org