Every single day I see sad stories of dogs falling through the municipal shelter system. Good dogs killed due to absolutely NO fault of their own. Good dogs of all breeds and ages. Pure bred dogs. Friendly dogs. Lost dogs.
Thousands of dogs die every single day. Dogs who, if found under different circumstances, would be loving companions. Instead, they are shoved into cold, concrete kennels and left to suck it up. One, small change in behavior and they are now “not adoptable.”
People, like me, shed tears each and every time we see a Facebook post showing the pictures of these happy dogs who are now dead. 64 in Georgia just a few weeks ago.
People like me get angry. We scream for more to be done. We beg for taxpayers to demand better. We shake our heads and throw our hands up. Yet, change remains slow and stagnant.
Today, I am sincerely asking, “How do we change apathetic?”
The truth is that while dog ownership is a billion dollar business, the reality is not enough people are adamant about saving the dogs in shelters. If we could take 25% of how people like me feel and implant that passion in the remaining public, I think we could accomplish great things. But, how do we do that?
If the written word were my voice, I am certain I would be hoarse. I spend time every day preaching about homeless dogs in city shelters.
I also spend a lot of my time and effort convincing people of the relationship between pet stores and puppy-mills and, for whatever reason, I feel like that fight has gotten easier. People seem to be getting that message quicker. More people understand that puppy-mills are bad.
Less people appear to believe that anything positive can be done at city shelters. The general public seems content with the crappy way shelters operate. They seem at peace with the numbers of dogs being killed. Why?
There are groups popping up all over demanding more transparency at city shelters. Groups teaming up to save the dogs from being killed. Groups coming out to protest city shelter actions and policies. There is an upheaval on the horizon. I am excited.
However, until people like me can get Joe Citizen to act, to care, to demand…I don’t know how much we can accomplish.
Like Kathy Pobloskie said in her blog about Joni, “As long as good dogs continue to die, I will continue to write about them,” but we have to do more. We have to find ways into the heads and hearts of the common citizen. We, animal people, are beyond passionate about city shelter killing, but what can we do to change the mindsets of ALL citizens. What can we do to instill our passion and get taxpayers to truly demand change?
I believe that IS the key to No Kill.