Thinking Out Loud 10/24/18

Today my favorite dog rescue, Mac’s Mission in Missouri, posted a series of before, during, and after photos of the grooming session a little female schnauzer received after being rescued from a deplorable situation with a thick coat of dirty and badly matted fur.

I can’t help but think how heavy it must’ve been and how hard for her to move around, how miserable she must’ve felt! And this occurred while living in the care of someone and producing unwanted litters of puppies that were also neglected.

I am trying hard not to pass judgment on the owner that relinquished these dogs, because I really don’t know her situation and I’m sure there are bigger issues involved.

But for the life of me what I don’t understand is how anyone who knew this person could look at her poor little dog and all the nearly-feral puppies and do nothing to help, no kind of assistance or intervention at all.

Recently Mac’s Mission shared another rescue story with us about a dog that was found laying in a ditch along side the road and people drove by for several days and tossed food to it, yet no one bothered to stop and find out why it was still there, if it was sick or injured.

Clearly something was wrong or it would have run off at some point. How did the people tossing food go home and live with their conscience, did they try to convince themselves they were alleviating it’s suffering?

What is wrong with people? Have we become so afraid of offending someone that we can’t find the courage to be a voice for those who have none? Have we become so hard-hearted that we can turn away from a suffering animal and do nothing? It makes me cry!

Thank God, in both of these cases, and in many others like it, once Rochelle at Mac’s Mission was alerted to the situation she initiated plans for rescue and care.

If you encounter a situation like this and don’t know what to do or how to help, PLEASE contact someone who does… don’t just turn away. The survival and well being of these animals depends on YOU!

And if you find yourself with a few of spare dollars now and then, please donate to Mac’s Mission (Mac the Pitbull on Facebook) or to your local rescue group. They do amazing work and they can’t do it without your support!

If you are an Amazon shopper like I am, you can also participate in the Amazon Smile program in which Amazon donates a portion of your purchase money to the charity of your choice. Mac’s Mission is on that list, along with many other good causes. It costs you nothing, and every little bit helps!

-JTS-

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9 thoughts on “Thinking Out Loud 10/24/18

  1. We get these kinds of things all of the time. Often the person involved is mentally unstable. Sometimes the person meant well and just got in over his/her head and wasn’t able to keep up with the care of the animals. Fear keeps them quiet, they are afraid of the authorities in some instances.

    Only in the cases of dogs being trained to fight or people breeding for profit with no regard to the animals is it because the person is intentionally cruel.

    Either way, the results are the same, and we’ve rescued many a cat or kitten from such a situation.

    • I agree with you Mimi. In cases of neglect there are almost always bigger problems going on and this is just another symptom.

      My issue is with friends and neighbors who see the problem and are aware of it but do nothing to change it.

      • A friend of mine once called me in on a case of neglect. She decided she had to call animal control services, and the people responded by turning her over to child protective services to get back at her. Their animals were taken away, she was able to prove her kids were fine and nothing came of it, but that is another reason some people turn way, the fear of reprisal.

  2. It breaks my heart to here of all this suffering. I am glad there are rescue groups that save some. I just wish all could be saved.

  3. Our two dogs are from a poor country in Southeast Europe where the people are too busy with surviving themselves. How we treat animals is a mirror of our society. Humanity includes watching out for animals as well in my opinion.

  4. This is heartbreaking… Thank you for sharing about the Amazon Smile program. I didn’t even know it existed until now. I make a lot of purchases via Amazon so I will definitely be participating. Thank you, Josie. – Happy November to you and yours. 🙂

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