Monday, June 2, 2008

Preacher Gold Digger


If you're thinking about getting a dog, don't go buy one, ok?

So, the shelter I volunteer at rescues dogs from the county animal shelter whenever they have room. The county animal shelter has hundreds of dogs (and many other animals) and puts them down (i.e., euthanasia, blue juice, death, whatever word you prefer) after a very short period of time due to space and monetary issues.

So on Saturday my friend Ms. Laguna and I get sent to the county animal shelter to go pick-up two lucky dogs that will live out their shelter life in a nicer environment. In the over 9 years I've volunteered at the shelter, I've actually never gone up to County to pick-up any dogs. However, I've heard horror stories.

And I'll tell you my favorite horror story, because you need to know. One day, one of the animal control officers from my shelter went up to County to pick up some dogs. It happened to be euthanasia day at County . Not only were there around 2o or 30 dogs laying around on tables either waiting to be killed or already injected, the ones that had already been injected were laying on their respective spaces half dead and alone. They get injected, and the injector moves on in assembly line form to the next one. No one sits with the dog while they take their final breaths. There is no comfort. There is just a dog, alone, gasping its last breaths, staring at only a cement wall.

I tell you this because this would not have to happen if people would (a) spay and neuter their pets (b) not get rid of their pets because they decide to move and don't want to find a place to live that will let their pet live there too (c) not decide they just don't feel like keeping their pets anymore (d) not be such fucking dumbshit assholes.

So, don't go to a breeder or even worse, a pet store, and buy a fucking dog. Go to your shelter or rescue organization or whatever and save some poor animal's life from a lonely death. Because I cannot go to a shelter again and look at a dog peering out at me with the saddest of sad eyes, and know that today might be his last day on earth, maybe because of you.






17 Comments, shout outs, and other gold diggin' love:

WeezerMonkey said...

:(

Sara said...

I am seriously a sobbing mess...

amber said...

so sad.

Ashley said...

Poor babies :(

10yearstogether said...

I am guilty of this, but I can't say I regret having got Sophie from a breeder. This makes me so sad, so so sad. Good for you for trying to get a message out.

Kim said...

:(

Aline said...

I welled up and everything. I can't wait till I have a home with a big yard and can adopt two puppers.

And yes, I promise they will be from a shelter for sho.

Laura said...

Amen. It is absolutely disgusting the reasons people have for getting rid of their dogs. I think those people should be euthanized.

wan-nabe said...

i'm guilty of this, too. molly is from a breeder.

you're a wonderful, kind soul for volunteering at the shelter, and for writing this post.

dapotato said...

so sad. we want a dog at some point and have agreed that shelter is the way to go when it's time.

sonia said...

I want to go home and give Sultan a big kiss and hug RIGHT NOW! (we rescued him from the county shelter)

KP said...

We've been back and forth between getting pups from a breeder or the shelter. In the meantime, we play with the ones at the pet store.

I couldn't look into those sad eyes :(

Ruth said...

You made me tear up. You are right, don't ever buy a dog from a pet store. We got our dog and cat from the animal shelter.

I watched the Oprah show on this and bawled the whole time because it was so sad watching them put the dogs down. :(

Adopt people!!!

Stephanie said...

I didn't read the entire post because well, i'd be a sobbing mess as well. But I agree, don't go buy a fucking dog, rescue one. That's what we did, we rescued him from the OC Shelter and it feels reat!

Emily said...

Oh this makes me so sad. Here in Chile they just have millions (literally, 1.2 million!) of street dogs, which isn't the best solution, but happy street dogs living in in packs has to be better than shelter dogs dying alone, right? My boyfriend and I actually just rescued two street dogs, one for his parents and one for us, so this post really got to me!

Kelli said...

The line-up at the OC Shelter is forever burned into my memory. I came home and I think I cried for days after seeing it in person. Riverside was equally as depressing.

Kimberly said...

So sad. All my dogs have been rescue dogs. Thank you for posting this and getting the word out.

 
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