Christmas time is supposed to be about love and sacrifice, but not necessarily the sacrifice of life. Yet, this is exactly what comes for many homeless animals if they reside in a kill shelter.
Right before the holidays, many government offices (and yes, this means animal control) shut their offices down. Although this gives some much needed rest to those that work diligently before and after the holidays, it literally means a death sentence for the animals still left before the shutdown occurs.
The government budgets do not allow for anyone to go into the shelters over the holidays to feed and care for the remaining pets. It is much easier for them to simply euthanize the bunch that has not been adopted and be done with it.
The scary thing for animal lovers is that just like the story yesterday about Jessica Namath getting her dog back after five long years of having him missing, what if one or more of the animals remaining in the shelter is actually someone’s lost pet? Their chance of reunion is slim to none if the pet is euthanized just because our governments don’t care about anything but money!
Local rescue groups do their best to step into the kill shelters and take the responsibility for as many of the remaining animals as possible, but sometimes there are still many that are not taken and that means life ends tonight on the eve of Christ’s birth! These animals give the ultimate sacrifice – their life!
Let’s all hope that many people across the United States decided to adopt and not shop this year; forcing the puppy mills to take a good long look at what they are doing to innocent animals just to gain a profit. Let’s, too, hope that however many animals remain in kill shelters that someone, a rescue, a foster, someone, decides to take the animals in until the first of the year where they could get another chance at a loving forever home.
The animals that end up in shelters ordinarily have nothing to do with their circumstances; it is just a matter of some very poor luck on their part. Perhaps their owners simply could not take care of them anymore or they are lost or someone abused them. Is any of this the actual animal’s fault? No, but they suffer because of us.
Please step up and help a homeless animal today. Save a life that just may save yours!