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Is your glass half empty or half full?Posted Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 3:51 PM
Boomer trying to figure out the age old question, Is your glass half empty or half full?
I'm struggling with an overwhelming feeling of irritation, disbelief, and sadness today. While I was out wandering around today I opted to stop into an animal shelter. Not because I need or want another dog, but because I love animals and like to be around them. There was one in particular that I wanted to see. Fortunately for him, he was also being visited by a potential adoptive family. The friendly staff asked if I would like to see the other dogs and escorted me back to the kennel area. When she opened the door, I was surprised not to be overwhelmed by barking. Wow, I thought, they must really work at teaching their dogs to keep quiet when inside. I was impressed! But the reason for the lack of barking was not because they had trained the dogs to be quiet, but rather because there were so few dogs there. I did not count the empty kennels, but I would venture to guess that 3/4 of them were empty. Now typically people would be overjoyed to see so few homeless animals waiting to be adopted. Really, that is the goal, but when I see the countless animals that are euthanized due to lack of room, it saddens me. There is room for them in other areas, why are we not moving them to those facilities that are not busting at the seams?
Sometime the excuse is that they have to save room for possible intakes/strays. So tell that to the dog whose time is up. Sorry buddy, we had to keep an open spot, just in case. Sometimes it's because of the long distance the dog is from them. That is a sorry excuse my friends, because there are people all over the United States that donate their time and resources to move dogs across country. There are truck drivers, pilots, and your regular animal lover that will put together a transport and get people to fill legs of the destination. No one usually drives over an hour unless they want to. I suppose you could always use the, sorry, not enough funds right now to take in more. Well, let's see. All of those kennels have a sponsorship tag on them. That means that some kind soul has donated their money for the care of the dog in that kennel. Also, many times people will raise money on-line and the rescue or shelter that takes the dog in will receive that money to help with it's care. That excuse won't work either.
What is the hangup? Are we not willing to work to our greatest potential? Are we not willing to help others outside of our own communities?
So tell me, is an empty shelter a good or bad thing?
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My name is Stephanie O'Brien. I'm an animal lover and enjoy volunteering. I have combined those passions into providing a temporary home to animals that would otherwise be sitting in a shelter or worse, euthanized due to lack of room in a shelter. For the past two years I've fostered pit bull type dogs for a rescue in South Dakota. I've also had the opportunity to do some presentations on responsible pet ownership and have been involved in fighting breed specific legislation in SD and IA. I'm looking forward to providing the readers with animal related topics and possibly answer any questions you may have. Enjoy! Stephanie Sioux Empire Pit Rescue Volunteer
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