Coincidentally, the day after my previous post about adopting Hermes, I came across a link on another site to an article that is incredibly heartbreaking. Only those who are ready for a seriously sad story should read this. If you don't want your daily dose of tragedy, it is the story of an animal shelter worker's day, gathering the cats and dogs who are slated for euthenasia because they have overstayed their 5-day welcome.
"If we cut up beasts simply because they cannot prevent us and because we are backing our own side in the struggle for existence, it is only logical to cut up imbeciles, criminals, enemies, or capitalists for the same reasons. " ~C.S. Lewis
Yes, this is sad news. But not news to me. I volunteer at a local charity that does low-cost/free spay and neuter for low-income families to do my small part to prevent this kind of sadness. If anyone wants to contribute, their website is at: https://www.spanonline.org/
Or support your local similar charity if there is one.
"Ever occur to you why some of us can be this much concerned with animals suffering? Because government is not. Why not? Animals don't vote." ~Paul Harvey
You can also support all no-kill shelters. This movement is increasing but is sadly underfunded. Most such shelters have no room for more, especially during puppy/kitten season, which is right now. For a national list of no-kill shelters, see: https://www.fluffynet.com/shelter.htm
or google "no kill animal shelter" with the name of your city or state.
Another option is to donate to the ASPCA, which in response to a similar article about New York's homeless animals (you can find it on the ASCPA home page), has pledged $10,000 to New York City's shelterss and is asking for matching donations by 7/31.
"Why should man expect his prayer for mercy to be heard by What is above him when he shows no mercy to what is under him?" ~Pierre Troubetzkoy
I'm not Mother Teresa, not that any of you were confused. I am not a vegetarian. I wear leather. I am not a member of PETA, and there's a lot more I could do besides these examples. I do what I can do.
Incrementally, we can all do something that will add up to a difference in the lives of many of the most defenseless in our society.
Adopting Hermes will open up a slot at BARC, which is full up and not currently accepting animals, and now is the height of the kitten and puppy season, when the most animals are put down. This isn't altruism. I want that cat for very selfish reasons; for cuddles, for purrs, for the fun of watching him play with my boys.
Progress report: Someone at BARC is slated to call me back today to see if my fat Kitler's transportation can be arranged. Keep your fingers crossed. Speaking of Nazis:
"As often as Herman had witnessed the slaughter of animals and fish, he always had the same thought: in their behaviour toward creatures, all men were Nazis. The smugness with which man could do with other species as he pleased exemplified the most extreme racist theories, the principle that might is right." ~Isaac Bashevis Singer