You. All of you in your local community, partnered with your rescue contacts in other communities.
You can advocate for the pets in your local kill shelter. You can connect with others in your area and form a group. You can talk to your local media about the needless killing going on in your public shelters and how other cities are doing a much better job saving lives. You can make a presentation to your community leaders about the proven programs of the No Kill Equation. You can contact your state politicians about introducing the type of law they passed in Delaware to save more lives.
This post is my answer to everyone who attempts to justify the needless killing of healthy/treatable pets in their local shelter by asking, “Are YOU going to save them all?” No, I’m not. I will not be renting a truck to drive to your community shelter from my home here in SC every week to load up every friendly pet on your community shelter’s kill list. I will not be whisking them away to a magical land of fairies and sparkles. Because those ideas are totally ridiculous.
In reality, it takes a group of dedicated animal advocates willing to stir things up in their own community by challenging the status quo and refusing to accept killing as a means of population control. There are consequences to such actions: old friendships may be broken, egos may be bruised, glass houses may be shattered. This ain’t no fairy tale. It’s hard work which will be met with resistance by some. You will no longer be able to ride the I Love Everybody and Everybody Loves Me bus. You will not be nominated for homecoming queen. No soup for you.
Like all things in life, working to end the killing in your community is a choice you must make for yourself. You can choose to carry on with the “save a few and kill the rest” status quo. You’ll get to keep all your Facebook friends and play Farmville with them in between posting pets from kill lists. Or you can choose to reject the idea of needless killing as justifiable in any way. You’ll make some people feel uncomfortable and they will resent you for it. But you’ll have the opportunity to educate and learn from others who are on the same path. No longer will you feel an awkward compulsion to defend those who kill friendly pets in shelters while simultaneously advocating to save shelter pets. You will have the clarity of mind that comes from knowing where you stand.
I am for no kill. What are you for? And why are you asking ME to save all the pets in YOUR community’s shelter?
What I will do – and this goes for anyone working toward no kill in their community – is support you via the blog in any way I can. I will publicize your efforts, bring attention to your cause, promote your events – whatever I can do to help. Just let me know. This is how I choose to advocate. This blog is what I’m doing to work toward no kill. And I will be more than happy to share with readers how you are working to save the pets in your local shelter. You.
I believe in you.