Animal Writes
From 11 January 2004 Issue

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A stray female chow mix was a bundle of nervous energy. She was submissive but distracted, unfocused and jittery. She couldn't handle the over stimulation of the shelter environment and deteriorated quickly, becoming more scared, her energy level nearly frantic. "It's so stressful in here," sighed a shelter worker.

No one came to claim her, and after four days, the decision was made.

We have made dogs to be our most loyal friends, and they live that role, to the very end. And so they go willingly, with trust. They cooperate when the leash is hooked to their collar, and follow obediently on the last walk they will ever take. She didn't know what would happen to her, but she went. Willingly. With trust . . . a trust betrayed first by the family who lost her, and then again by a society who can do no better than offer this as their answer.

~ From the book - "One at a Time: A Week in an American Animal Shelter"

This book is dedicated to animals whose stories are told within these pages, and to homeless animals everywhere.

May they forgive us . . .

. . . and may we be worthy of that forgiveness by giving them the only fitting tribute: to stop the killing.

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