Many people think of pets as intuitive in the sense that they know when they are in the hands of people who would hurt them. We often see pets housed in so-called shelters who appear fearful, depressed or extremely anxious and agitated – behaviors indicative of pets under stress. But some shelter pets don’t seem to pick up on the the fact that the people around them may commit the ultimate act of violence against them at any moment. Maybe they had an owner who only ever showed them love and affection. Maybe even if they were strays, the only humans these pets have ever known were kind and compassionate. Maybe they have an unshakable faith in our species. Who can say?
This dog and cat, listed on PetHarbor as being held at the Iredell Co pound in NC, don’t seem to realize they are headed for the gas chamber if someone at the pound decides to kill them.
Paraphrasing Nathan Winograd: When your pet dies, you will grieve. When you die, your pet will grieve. That alone should take killing off the table.
There ought to be a law against the arbitrary killing of pets in shelters.
There ought to be a law against gas chambers.
As compassionate human beings, we must endeavor to deserve that unshakable faith.