This post is for anyone who would like to share a prayer, quote or some words of your own to express why you are lighting candle for the pets at Memphis Animal Services tonight. You may participate by lighting a candle at home and/or lighting a virtual candle here.
So many people have been touched by the images of helpless pets being mistreated and killed at the hands of their “protectors” in Memphis. I know many of you can relate when I say there are occasional photos that just reach out and grab my heart. This is one of those images:
If you click on the photo to enlarge, you can clearly see the dog’s face. She is being taken to die by someone paid to protect her from harm. We don’t know what she may or may not be aware of but many dogs balk at this point on the last walk, presumably smelling death and sensing betrayal. This dog does not balk. She watches her person intently and patiently while she listens. She trusts.
This is why the killing of healthy/treatable pets anywhere is unacceptable to me. These animals are pets, created by us to be our loyal companions. Shelters are supposed to be safe havens for pets in need. Since there are enough homes for all of them, I believe we are obligated to get them there. And no one – not any shelter director, or staff member or politician – has the right to take away their lives.
MAS, you have no right.
Tonight, I am lighting a candle for this dog, and for all the other friendly pets killed at MAS. You were faithful to the end and I am resolved to be faithful to your memory. To the end.
Memphis, please – stop the killing.