For Dog's Sake, Report It!
I recently had someone ask me what they should do if they feel a neighbour’s dog is being neglected. I immediately replied, “Report it.”
Not That Kind Of Person
I assured the woman that the council wouldn't divulge her details to anyone, and she said, "But I don’t want to be the type of neighbour who dobs others in. I don't want to be that kind of person."
My reply was, "What kind of person? The kind of person who cares? Tell me, why is your first concern you? The dog is the one being neglected, so why are you worried foremost about yourself?"
The woman was silently thoughtful.
I continued: "Let me ask you this: if we were talking about a human child, would you even hesitate for one second in calling the authorities to report the neglect? Would you be at all concerned about things like giving your details to them or being ‘that’ type of neighbour or 'that' kind of person? No, you wouldn’t. Not even a little bit. You’d be on the phone in a heartbeat. So why is it different because the victim of neglect happens to be a dog? This dog needs you - YOU are the dog’s only hope, so stop worrying about yourself and help that poor dog."
An Amazing Response!
I was pretty tough on that woman, I'm sure you'll agree. I don’t ever like to mince words, and this goes double when I'm on the subject of neglect or abuse. And I have to say that I was stunned by her answer. She replied, "What you’ve said makes sense. Thank you."
I was not only astounded at how well the woman took what I said, but I also felt a lot of respect for her. She openly listened to some hard-to-hear words and took them right on the chin. I was immensely impressed.
Please Please Please Help Dogs In Need
The point of this Dog Blog is a reminder that caring humans are the only hope for neglected and abused dogs. If no one steps in to help them, they will receive no help. They can’t make the phonecall themselves so, please, when you see neglect or abuse, REPORT IT.
SAY NO TO PUPPY MILLS! SAY NO TO ANIMALS IN PETSHOPS! SAY NO TO BREEDERS!
Adopt a homeless animal instead - they all deserve a second chance
It's estimated that 130,000 dogs and 60,000 cats are killed every year in Australia because there are not enough homes for them all. And the global numbers amount to millions upon millions every single year.
Puppy mills are a major contributor to the terrible problem of overpopulation. Puppy mills are essentially 'dog factories' where dogs are forced to churn out litter after litter, with no thought for the welfare of the dogs and all thought for profit. The dogs live in appallingly dirty, cramped conditions all their lives, and when they no longer serve their purpose they're killed, dumped or sold to vivisection laboratories.
Petshops fit into the picture because puppy mills are generally where petshops get their animals from. Furthermore, having animals in shop windows encourages impulse purchases, and adding an animal to your family should be a conscious, careful decision - NOT one to be made while shoe shopping.
Breeders contribute enormously to the tragic statistics above too. And it doesn't matter whether they're professional breeders or backyard breeders, and whether they breed for profit or not, because while there are homeless animals sitting on death row in shelters, any and all animal breeding is utterly irresponsible.
Now, here's where you come in. You can either be part of the problem or part of the solution. You can either buy animals from puppy mills, petshops or breeders and be part of the problem. Or you can adopt from a shelter or rescue organisation and be part of the solution.
If I haven't convinced you, visit your local shelter to see the homeless animals. Let their innocent faces convince you that adopting is the only responsible choice to make.
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