Newsletter - Animal Writes sm
19 September 1999

(By Jonny McCann - Tulsa Community College Connection)
Source: [email protected]

Aren't dogs just the cutest of creatures? Who can resist those gaping stares and wagging tails, those big ol' tongues and playful barks? Isn't the thought of it enough to make you want to purchase your very own canine friend?

Well, unfortunately, for some people, it is. That's why close to 10,800 animals are killed at the Tulsa Animal Shelter every year. To break this down, that's 30 animals per day killed due to greed, laziness, and insufficient planning of pet owners living in the Tulsa, OK area.

This number could be greatly reduced if owners would take a more active role in the welfare of their pets. How many animals wandering the streets right now have a tag on their collar giving their owners' name, phone number, and current vaccinations? Probably none, because all the animals that do have these tags are returned to their rightful owners, not wandering the streets waiting to be hit by a car or picked up by Tulsa Animal Control. How much do these tags cost? Perhaps a couple of dollars. Isn't the life of your pet worth at least a couple of dollars?

There's a sign at the Tulsa Animal Shelter that reads: "We have the cleanest dogs in America. Owners wash them and forget to put their tags back on."

What about those owners who decide that they are no longer able or willing to care for their dogs. The ones who accidentally leave the gate wide open, or accidentally let the dog off its leash in a different part of town. There are many names for owners like this. I'm sure you can think of a few.

What about the people who decide they want a dog, so instead of heading to the Animal Shelter, head to the classified section of the Sunday newspaper. The most common argument for this is, "Well, we wanted a pure breed and there are none at the shelter" or "Well, we were looking for a puppy, and there are only older dogs at the shelter." How do you know, have you checked? Would you not rather spend $56 and save an animal's life than give $250 to a breeder who is continually pumping out puppies whilst shelter kennels are overflowing? Are there not enough homeless animals that breeders could take a 'breeding vacation'?

If you ever decide to open your house to an animal, make sure it is in the best interests of the animal. Have you got the space to keep the animal? Have you got the money to pay for food and vet bills? Have you got the time to walk and play with the animal? You have to remember that, outside of you, the pet has no life. It can't just leave when it wants, or go outside and play whenever it wants.

There's a difference between being physically 'unable' to care for an animal and physically 'unwilling' to care for an animal. If it is the latter of the two, then why don't you bring your animal down to the shelter, put it in the gas chamber, watch it choke on its last breath, and perhaps at this point you could explain to the confused, barely conscious animal why you're too lazy to look after it and why it is better off dead.

Whatever happened to dogs being "man's best friend?"

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