Are Some Pet People TOO Pet Crazy?
The other day, in the Living section of The Leaf-Chronicle, there was an article about the billions of dollars people spend on their pets. Not just food and vet care, but on all kinds of frilly, fantastic, over-the-top pet items. And even though I generally prefer pets over many people, it bothered me. Why?
Because I wonder why, with so many pet lovers in America, so many pet shelters struggle. If people love pets so much, why not more donations and help to shelters, most of which barely hang on? I know it's hard to get involved with shelters, but sending money now and then doesn't require seeing the many horrors. I've been involved with shelters for years and know my limitations, so I help in ways other than direct pet care. So it bothers me that in a country that spends billions on their beloved pets so little help is given to those on the front lines, especially from city and county governments, and especially around here.
Is it because pet-lovers can't face the horrors and need to keep it out of sound and mind? I always dream of winning a million-dollar lottery so I could fund a HUGE, modern shelter and all the good programs that go with it. Our Humane Society and individuals who run private shelters do great things, but so much more could be done. Where are the community leaders to host big-time fundraisers like they do for other charities? Or are "easy" causes easier?
Picture above is Scooter with a little hat I made for some photo contest long ago--can't even remember what. He is the King of the pack, so needed a crown, complete with glued-on Milkbone for decoration. Doesn't he look proud of himself?
I bet you are all sick of seeing my pets all the time, so please feel free to send me more of your cats and dogs and I'll post them, then Dragon Boy can make fun of someone besides Scooter and Zoe and Peanut. Email to: PetsSpeak@aol.com.
posted by Sandy at 3/16/2007 09:12:00 AM