Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Politics Aside... It's the Right Thing to Do...

Earlier today, I saw the phrase "Do the Right Thing!" on a bumper sticker attached to a cute little car driving down the highway. Seeing those words did get me thinking about life. My life personally revolves around animals, and with my newest venture, 'No Kill Wilco' making our debut this month, I really wanted to dive past the politics of the No Kill Movement. 

The animal welfare world is extremely divided right now. We have the Pro-No Kill Organizations and what I call the Anti-Change Organizations (you may call them pro-kill organizations). 

The Pro-No Kill Organizations are a tight knit community focused on life-saving programs that are guaranteed to save a large majority of all pets entering our shelter system. The No Kill Equation, the backbone to all true No Kill Organizations, sets a positive guideline for our sheltering system to follow. This method has proven successful in both large and small communities. No Kill works, there is no denying that. Facts don't lie.

The Anti-Change (pro-kill) Organizations are those that scream about pet overpopulation, irresponsible pet ownership issues, over-breeding, etc, etc, etc.... the list goes on and on. While some of these 'issues' are a sad reality (not every pet owner is responsible and breeders will always be breeding) they fail to acknowledge that there is more good than bad in the world, and with some changes to the way things have been done in the past... more lives can be saved.

Between these two types of organizations there is plenty of bad-mouthing and pointing fingers and of course the arguments range from small to large... however, politics aside, I just have to ask... what is the right thing to do?

There are many organizations that feel every animal cannot be saved... but I don't understand why they aren't at the very least doing MORE to save the lives that they feel are deserving or that CAN be saved... Surely more than 50% of your animals are adoptable. Surely if you have any sense at all you can see that saving more lives is absolutely the Right Thing to Do....

Stephanie Conrad
The Pet Studio | Owner | Artist

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