Inspired by a site that counts down the days until a dog is going to be euthanized, a woman recently took a 788-mile trip to a small town in California to save an entire pack of dogs. Colleen Spalioni was stricken with grief and searching for a way to help animals. Last month her beloved companion Barney, a 2-year-old pointer, was struck by a car and killed when he wandered onto a busy highway. Looking for a new dog to take care of, she came across DogsInDanger.com.
After looking through the website, Colleen found a dog who was slated for euthanasia at the police station in a town near Bakersfield, California. She hired a teenage neighbor to help her and they drove the 7 hours to pick up the dog. When she arrived, she found 27 dogs who were all in the same boat. Knowing that they would all be put down, she decided to adopt them. She loaded them all into her truck and drove them home. Unfortunately, one puppy died on the ride home and two died at her home the next day.
It’s touching how far Colleen went to save the lives of those dogs. The latest news is that all 25 dogs have now been adopted out. That’s good news, but there are still millions more animals who need homes.
We have a huge companion animal over-population problem in this country. Every year over 4 millions dogs are put down in shelters. Shelters are always full and on the brink of bankruptcy. I’ve volunteered in shelters and I’ve seen dogs and cats receive their last injection. Not one person in a shelter wants to see an animal die, and they want even less to be the one who takes their life. It’s a lose-lose situation for the shelters, but the real losers are the animals.
There are countless adoptable animals who need homes, but breeders and pet shops continue to breed more and more. Breeding animals is the real problem here. Every time someone buys an animal at a pet shop like PetSmart or through a breeder, they are signing the away the life of an animal in a shelter. We can solve the companion animal over-population problem if we stop supporting breeders and make sure every animal is spayed and neutered.
Want to help? Pledge not to buy animals from breeders or pet-shops, adopt an animal from a shelter, boycott Petsmart, sign the petition telling PetSmart to stop breeding animals, send a photo to PetSmart, or join the discussion.
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