As I pulled into the Pet Supplies Plus parking lot this afternoon, I noticed a row of cages on the sidewalk and a plethora of people everywhere. I decided maybe this was not the day for me to get cat litter. Maybe I should just leave now while my mascara isn't running down my cheeks and my nose isn't stuffy and red.... nope. I parked. And as I walked to the building I started breathing heavily knowing it was not going be easy for me to be here.
Each cage was filled with a dog or a puppy and each of those said dogs wanted nothing but my touch. My eyes immediately welled with tears. One puppy licked incessantly through the cage as if to tell me "It okay lady. Don't cry." I did anyway. I wept like a baby for these poor animals that don't have homes. I wept for their lives in cages while their irresponsible owners proceeded with their flippant lives. And it happens every day, and not just with dogs which is where my heartache comes in. I could cry for a thousand hours at how bad I feel for these children, puppies, kitties, and nameless millions of other animals that people carelessly turn their shoulder to.
Or even the people that have to have a "purebred." My mutt is cooler than your purebred could ever be. How could you even stand to spend $1000 on a dog when there are 50 of them locked up at the local kennel who need you and your love? I can't even think about the children in orphanages otherwise you may as well put a bullet in my head. But as an owner of rescued pets, I cannot even begin to understand some people's thought processes. How an animal from the mall would even make sense when the Humane Society is destroying animals left and right because they don't even have the room for them. But oooh, I need a teacup this or a miniature that. Personally, the cat in the cage at the shelter that has one eye or 11 toes on one foot, is the cat I want most of all.
Finding your animal a new home is one thing, but getting rid of them because your priorities have changed is another - and it is thoroughly unsettling. I have a cat who needs a new home and I can't find her one. Have I dropped her off on the Humane Societies doorstep? No, I will wait until she finds the perfect home. She needs it badly, but I'd rather she stayed here than in a 2x2 cage with little to no love every day - or better yet, euthanized.
Then there are hundreds of thousands of animals born each year that don't have homes and don't have any love. They starve to death, they are beaten, they are left alone - when they require nearly nothing but love and love alone. The poor little dears. And today I got to look some of those unloved babies in the face and all I could think was how I wanted to put out a worldwide threat:
Fix your animals or allow me to have you fixed for your ignorance.