You know who “Jerome” reminds me of? That dog at the beginning of the ASPCA commercial with Sarah McLachlan. The difference being that the dog in the commercial is being used by ASPCA to say “give us more money so we can help dogs who look like this” and Jerome, well he’s just dead:
The head of an agency that took in $127,871,245 in one year alone, ignored pleas by the city’s pound to save Jerome, a seven month old dog originally adopted from the ASPCA itself and for which it was responsible. When the call went out to save the dog, some rescuers thought it was a joke, given that the dog’s microchip registered to the ASPCA and the ASPCA is the richest humane society in the nation. But it was no joke: the ASPCA refused to pick Jerome up from the pound. And the dog is now dead. To justify the killing, the city pound claimed the dog guarded his food, a condition which should never result in a dog being killed because the prognosis for rehabilitation is always good and the ASPCA has enough resources to make cost, which is negligible to begin with, nonetheless irrelevant.
So if I am moved by the sight of the dogs in the ASPCA commercial and give money to help more dogs just like them, how exactly will my money be used? And perhaps just as important, how will it be denied?