Almost every week, somewhere in America, an
animal collector/hoarder situation is raided, often
requiring the rescue of hundreds of animals at a time.
Often the media, the authorities, and the rescue
community condemns and accuses. We are so accustomed to
being betrayed by our society and government that we
have little tolerance for being betrayed by one of our
We tend to pity those who 'love' and/or rescue animals.
“They must not have any friends” or “they can’t deal
with life like normal people”. Well, no they can’t! They
refuse to sit by and watch the rest of us abuse and
neglect and give LIP SERVICE to how much we actually
care for the animals. They are the ones doing the
dirty work to clean up the mess that most of us caused
out of our total lack of involvement, compassion or
Why is it that our society thinks less of them if they
are truly saving the animals we claim to love? If we
honestly loved them so much, there wouldn’t be the need
for all these rescuers. They should be revered.
The biggest reason for being turned into the pound in
America is because people didn’t do what was necessary
to get the dog to be appropriately behaved. The second
reason is that the humans were moving or found it
inconvenient to live with the dog in their lives. This
ultimately guarantees these dogs will die. With the
number of unwanted animals our nation’s facilities are
forced to accept, there is no alternative, but to kill
up to 80% of all incoming animals. Many within hours of
their arrival. Yet we continue to have litters and be
unrealistic in our desires of how we expect our animals
to behave with no professional training or even the
appropriate care. Is that a society who honestly loves
In Europe, with it's no-kill shelters, euthanasia is
only administered by veterinarians and only by lethal
injection. Their strict licensing, animal control and
welfare laws, and national databases of convicted animal
abusers and neglecters put American's laws and actions
(or lack there of) to shame. There is no lip service
there, but a genuine love and responsibility taught and
expected from every citizen.
They don’t have collectors or hoarders. There is no
need for an overload of rescue organizations. They
truly understand their place and the animals’ place.
We cannot say that about North Americans. We’ve created
a prevailing system of apathy and ignorance, where
shelters and volunteer rescue efforts cannot possibly
stem the tide, where government has mostly turned its
back on animal welfare and control efforts, where
anything "animal" is usually paid ‘lip’ service (always
said softly, bottom lip protruding in that tone of voice
that denotes sympathy or pity) and then, given the
lowest priority, where animals often die horrible
deaths, where local animal rescue organizations can
barely fund the resources they provide to "crisis"
situations, and where a lot of people, as well as the
major humane organizations are making MILLIONS AND
MILLIONS from animals.
Americans believe they can buy their way out of any
situation. “I’ll do what ever I please, then when it
catches up to me, I’ll just buy my way out”. That is
exactly why the national organizations are rolling in
the dough. We send funds out of guilt and out of pity.
Then refuse to do the right thing the rest of the year
by speaking out, altering pets and helping the local
situations that we can more closely monitor.
I get a lot of mail each week and often from rescuers
who are out of hope and out of funds. They sometimes
describe personal situations to me that worry me, and
they ask me if I have any suggestions of help for them.
Then everything I suggest is something they just
couldn’t imagine trying. I've even angered some Rescue
efforts with criticisms (largely borne of frustration),
because their efforts and websites and fundraisers and
other events include NO advocacy and education
That means we will always be forced to deal with the
status quo, rescuing animal by animal, with no end in
sight (and where I'm often "wrong" is that's still
better than nothing!). The next generation will be
doomed to spending time and money rescuing to a similar
degree. We will NEVER save all the animals who need
help. There will be that given percentage which cannot
be reached in time. If each rescuer were to take 20% of
their time and resources and went to the local schools,
we could ALL see a reduction of the need to follow in
their footsteps in our lifetimes! So, for every rescuer
who is spending all their time and resources on rescuing
animals and not addressing the cause of these problems
to their local ‘masses’, I ask you to view this more
from the standpoint of a business.
For every "accomplishment" we cheer about, some other
situation or decision by government seems to take us two
steps backwards. One more reason I added 'PROJECT VOTE
SMART" to this site. You need to know where your
representatives stand on the local and area animal
issues, let them know you are voting accordingly and let
your voice be heard.
For evil to prevail, good people need to do nothing.
Of course nobody wants to see the animals suffer. No
one adopts a pet for the fun of taking it to the pound
to watch it die. Yet, we watch and still do nothing
and we take nearly a thousand pets to the pound every
day in this country - few for any justifiable reason.
(“moving”, ‘don’t have time”, not right for the kids”)
With that said, education does make the most sense. It
changes people's perceptions of what is happening, what
they can and can't do in order to prevent further pain
and anguish and death among our animal friends. I've
seen it change teen lives right in front of me.
If we could get America and Canada to "no kill" as soon
as possible, if we could outlaw every method of
"euthanasia" except by lethal injection (http://www.crean.com/kindness),
if we could get every animal lover in the country to
write a letter to an editor on an animal issue, and
demand that our media report on those issues, and hold
government at all levels accountable for, at the least,
animal control and welfare issues - we could see such
improvements, stop creating "collectors" and maybe we
could negate the need to rescue hundreds/thousands of
poorly cared for animals at a time, who further deplete
Below are some additional resources on the issues.
Please join the advocacy and educational effort as soon
as you can.
"Killing With Kindness" - An Act of Compassion
One campaign. One goal: A U.S. FEDERAL law for the
HUMANE euthanasia of surplus, homeless companion
animals. One result: Putting an end to the cruel
killing! For more information and a sample letter,
"Loving Animals to Death," a psychological profile on
Animal Collectors from the Animal Protection Institute:
National Cruelty Investigation Schools: