What is going through your mind as you look at the picture above?
When I first saw this picture, I was heart broken. The old cliche “a picture says a thousand words” hit me right in the nose. Here is a man “buying” a new puppy for his child while a homeless, starving dog is laying right there on the street. It even looks like it is raining outside too.
There are a few thoughts that I feel can be taken from this picture.
Thought One: At As I mentioned in my very important post, You’re Child Not Acting The Way You Want Them To…Drive Them Out To The Woods”, many animals are given as gifts this time of year. But an animal is not a toy or a material item. Animal are living, feeling beings. Bringing an animal into your life should be well thought out and planned, just as a child is planned for. Animals require food, water, shelter, attention, exercise, veterinarian visits, and love. This takes time, patience, money, and commitment. It is not something to take lightly. Animal abandonment skyrockets during the holidays and shelters are flooded with unwanted animals.
Thought Two: When you “buy” a dog from a pet store, you are supporting puppy mills. Most dogs at puppy mills are living in horrible conditions, all so somebody can make a buck. If people do not “buy” dogs from these places, THEY WOULDN’T BE IN BUSINESS.
Thought Three: There are MANY animals waiting in shelters to be adopted. If they aren’t adopted, then all too often, they are euthanized simply for no other reason than no-one adopting them.
Thought Four: There are many animals living on the street. It is assumed that they can care for themselves. Dogs & cats are domestic animals, they need us! Many of the animals living on the street were abandoned or are lost. If you see an animal wandering, please take the time to see if they have a collar/tags on with information for contacting their family. If they do not have a collar/tags on, then take them to a veterinarian to see if they have a microchip. If not, and you can not take them into your home, take them to a shelter.
Humans and animals are living, feeling beings. Both need food, water, shelter, and love. The needs are the same, the difference is power. As my header says “A righteous man cares for the needs of his animals.” We should be aware and help animals we see in need.
What do you think?
Please consider sharing this post. Not for my sake, but for all of the animals out there who might be given as a random gift this Christmas and for all of the homeless animals. Thank you!
If you haven’t seen the important post “You’re Child Not Acting The Way You Want Them To…Drive Them Out To The Woods“, I encourage you to please check it out.