There was an article at Examiner yesterday that was linked from Facebook. I clicked on it because I couldn’t tell what the heck the picture was. It was a small mangy dog who had been abused. It was heartbreaking. There was an uproar from the readers who were moved by the pitiable sight. The dog was found next to a garbage can by a teen in Brooklyn who then dropped it off at a mobile vet clinic.

Poor doggy. Dehydrated, matter hair so bad, can't open eyes, unable to stand or eat.

And it was pitiful. The poor dog had been abused for quite a while and then dumped for dead. Except the small creature was fighting to stay alive. And since the dog was found, I’m sure all sorts of resources in the way of cash donations will cover the cost of recuperative treatments. And it will take much in the way of cash and treatment to restore this poor dog to health.

And during the time this dog is recovering, many more dogs will be euthanized because they are in a pound somewhere and no one adopts them.

I would think the outpouring of concern and donations would be put to better use by spreading the wealth around. Perhaps letting pound puppies live a while longer in hopes someone will come by to adopt them.

Another problem with our pet population is that as people are evicted from current housing situations, they cannot find affordable rental property allowing pets. So many beloved pets are relegated to the pound or left as strays, both fairly unacceptable. Maybe a good use of funds would be to create pet homes for displaced people. As the economy improves (and it eventually has to get better), people can come and take their pets back home. Surely there is a business in here somewhere. And those who have the will and the funds to donate to causes such as this, could save many dogs and cats instead of one.

PETA disdains pet ownership, saying we have no right to own another living thing. I fail to see how this is helping in any way. But I’m assuming die hard PETA people aren’t adopting any of the dogs soon to be put to sleep because no one will care for them.

We have too many pets in this country, but there is no place else for a dog to go. They aren’t permitted to run loose. They will be captured and taken to an animal “shelter” and then destroyed when no one adopts them. Cats have a little more luck running around loose.

This doesn’t even begin to discuss the issue of spending tons and tons of money annually across the country to care for pets when we have children who are abused, neglected, hungry, and improperly cared for in myriad ways.

I love my dog. She is just the cutest thing. I’m fairly certain she was abused before we got her. She was frightened by adult males and terrified of brooms. She remains neurotic. She might have been no matter what her puppyhood was like, but it certainly didn’t help give her a start.

And she is a dog. Just a dog. I don’t care how much you love dogs (or cats) they are just pets. On any given day, I would sacrifice LC for my sons, my grandchildren, my family and even some stranger’s family. But nationally, we don’t behave this way. Funds pour in to care for the one case that grabs our attention while we blissfully ignore the needs of those living in our midst.

Perhaps that is function of being able to live in an overcrowded world. We can’t worry about everything. We can’t do everything. But we can do something. I just don’t understand the “something” many people choose to do.

If you are concerned about the well-being of dogs and cats, donate time and money to your local animal shelter. If you have the means, help out someone who is displaced by the economy and has no options for caring for both their family and their pets.

The poor dog in the article may survive. Or not. But all the money spent on the one dog could keep many from euthanization, not just this one poor dog. The money can only be spent once – to save one or to save many. Think about it.

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