Famed poet Walt Whitman said it best in an excerpt from his poem, “Song of Myself.”
“I think I could turn and live with animals, they’re so placid and self contain’d, I stand and look at them long and long.
They do not sweat and whine about their condition,
They do not lie awake in the dark and weep for their sins,
They do not make me sick discussing their duty to God,
Not one is dissatisfied, not one is demented with the mania of owning things,
Not one kneels to another, nor to his kind that lived thousands of years ago, Not one is respectable or unhappy over the earth.”
Delving deeply into the depths of your soul, it’s easy to find truth in Mr. Whitman’s proclamation, yet everyday we continue to see staggering numbers of domesticated animals being neglected, abused, and euthanized because of over population among shelters- including non-kill shelters.
Without support and donations, the non-kill shelters are forced to turn down neglected animals’ everyday, adding on to the already over populated city shelters. In the worst possible scenarios, these non kill shelters are driven to shut their doors due to the mounting costs of simple necessities such as food, cat litter, and medical treatment.
As of July 2008, the HSUS estimated that there are 6-8 million cats and dogs entering shelters each year, and of those 6-8 million, 3-4 million are euthanized. The tragedy of it all, is that there is an easy solution that people refuse to adhere to…spay and neuter your cats and dogs!
It’s no secret that proper pet care can be expensive, but there are a number of low cost spay and neuter clinics in most every state, take the time to do your research. A good place to start would be Petfinder.com; they offer a panoply of valuable information, including how to start your own non-profit organization.
Change starts with you! Help give these deserving animals a second chance at life. Wouldn’t you do the same for your human companion?