Can I drop my kid off, at the animal shelter

We live in a society that, for at least the last hundred years or so. Has found it entirely acceptable to get rid of any animal, that we have grown tired of. Any animal that has some minor issues, that we don’t want to bother with. Or any animal where, we can say, “is just not working out”.

We gave it a shot, we had a good run. Now it’s time for us to move on.

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Now, imagine for a moment. That we lived in a society, where it was acceptable, and the norm, to do the same thing with our kids…..

” You know honey, don’t get me wrong…. You know I really love little Johnny, right. But he’s not that good at basketball. And if, you ask me, it’s just not working out. You know it’s been my dream, to have my son in the NBA…..So I think were gonna have to get rid of him. Don’t worry, I’m sure he’s find a nice home on a farm somewhere. Besides, I really had my eye on that little mixed kid.”

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The point is, we find it acceptable as a nation to dump our dogs. I lost count of the number of clients I have. That while I’m helping them with their dogs, the conversation about the animal sanctuary sometimes comes up. And during those talks, the folk’s I’m helping, will show their disgust for the people that abandon their dogs.

Yet as we talk further, I will find out that they, had to get rid of this dog for that, and that dog for this. And they just don’t see it, that their doing the same exact thing, that other people do. When they abandon their dog.

Although we like to blame everybody for the homeless dog problem. The animal shelters, for euthanizing the dogs. The pet stores, for selling the puppies. And the puppy mills, for breeding the puppies.

We are the problem, not them……We just love pointing the blame elsewhere.

The Spirit Dog

6 Responses

  1. Hi fussypup ; I’m not criticizing you, I’m criticizing the large organizations that have, unfortunately lost their focus many years ago. On what’s important. Every animal organization, starts off as tiny little grass roots; rescues. By one person or a small group of caring individuals, that have the best interests of the animals in mind.

    And if their lucky enough to survive past the first twenty or thirty years of existence , that’s when some real money starts being raised. As more money is raised, and as directors change, their new focus becomes, money, as it should be.

    The problem with this is, now it’s run by business people. Who don’t always listen to their directors of animal care, on what’s best for the animals.

    For all 501(c)3’s, it is mandated by the IRS laws that a portion of their donations must be donated to other 501(c)3’s, if their finances allow.

    The point is, the large organizations have to donate to others, if they want to keep their charitable status.

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    On a lighter note, that toilet bowl drinking fountain, has to be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen !!!

    Have a great day.

  2. Actually, I don’t have an affiliate program of any kind. It’s all stuff I try and like or referrals from friends. If I did make any money from my blog 100% of it would go directly to animals in need. Something I have thought about a lot.

    I do talk about the HSUS and ASPCA quite a bit but I do also talk about smaller, local organizations as well. In fact I am working on some sponsorship opportunities with groups in FL where I reside.

    The HSUS provides a lot of grants and funds to local shelters. They also do a lot of ground work – especially during natural disasters. I vote for the little guy most of the time, but having a big voice and raising a lot of money that is distributed down the line is not something I am going to dismiss entirely.

    I have been criticized for supporting HSUS in the past because they are not no-kill (not to say they are pro-kill)- I remember you discussed that topic in one of your posts.

    I guess my focus is to find relevant topics, stories of hope, opportunities to make a difference while having some fun at the same time. I am going to take your comments to heart – I don’t want to sound like a sales person.

  3. Hi, you have some interesting products for sale. I would check a little bit better on what exactly, the HSUS actually does.

    Its’ my understanding that they are lobbyist
    And they don’t actually, tend too, or care for any animals . Even know, they use cute puppies and kittens in their literature. Its’ my understanding that they are lobbyist.

    You must have an affiliate thing going on. Making money is a good think. But not at the expense of animals.

    It would be much better, if people made donations to the smaller rescue organizations, in their area. And not any organizations, that have multi million dollar advertising campaigns.

  4. I am the proud owner of 2 very fussy pups. I write http://www.fussypup.wordpress.com to share insights with other dog owners facing some of the obstacles we’ve faced. I like reading your posts a lot…

  5. Thanks, I gotta ask ; are you the fussypup, or do you have a fussypup ????

    The problem is, a lot of people that buy puppies, it’s the same to them as buying that new bread maker or that new exercise machine. The novelty wears off pretty quickly.

    Thanks for stopping by;
    The Spirit Dog

  6. I couldn’t agree with you more. What people don’t seem to understand is that dogs are not humans, they’re dogs!

    As responsible, compassionate pet owners, we need to train ourselves just as well as we train our furry friends. We have to take the time to understand their perspective. By doing this, we can uncover the true root of the problem and correct it.

    When you “give up” on a pet you are ultimately giving up on yourself!

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