Hi everyone, my name is Sharon Seltzer and I have the pleasure of writing about animal rights for Care2. Like most of you who are passionate and compassionate about animals, I have been drawn to anything furry, feathery or scaly my entire life. And it has never been a conscious choice. My curiosity and interest in wildlife has always been part of my fiber.
I strongly believe that the animals in our world today are a by-product of human interference and that we have caused the majority of their suffering, so it will now be my privilege to advocate on their behalf. I also naively believe that if we just educate people about the abuses animals suffer, they will step-up to the plate and change.
On a personal note, I have been involved in animal rescue for the past 10 years. My husband and I currently share our home with three rescued dogs, Sophie, Shadow and Cody and three semi-feral cats that we trapped last December. The cats are: Sport, Spike and Tiger. I also have one grown son.
In January 2000, my life changed when four animal lovers and I founded a rescue group called Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary. We are located in Las Vegas, Nevada, where there is a huge pet overpopulation problem. At first, our plans were to take the “last-day” cats and dogs from the city shelters that were scheduled for euthanasia. We planned to build (and even had drawings and land) for a Disneyland type of facility that would draw people from across the country to adopt orphaned animals from us.
However during our first year, it became very clear that it was not possible to “adopt our way out of the overpopulation problem.” So instead we went to W.A.R. (War Against Reproduction) and created a strong TNR program for feral cats and an aggressive spay/neuter program for owned pets.
I am proud to say that almost nine years later, HCWS has spay/neutered more than 35,000 animals. Of course we also save homeless pets and adopt around 1,000 cats and dogs annually. Our cats live in foster care or at local PetSmart stores, while our dogs live at the two women’s prisons. Our Pups on Parole program was highlighted in 2007 on “The Dog Whisperer” TV show.
As I begin the journey of this blog, I hope to hear from you with your thoughts and feedback. Thank you and Happy Holidays!