Military Blues: I Helped Save a Life

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Military Blues & a Life Saved

military blues dogYesterday was a pretty profound military blues day for me. I was able to help save a life. The experience was both rewarding and a very sad one at the same time. During my day it made me realize just how easy it would be for anyone to do. While the convenience factor may not exist when you save the life of a animal shelter resident. The reward factor is an amazing high.

My day started as a pretty normal one. I did my normal routine, and figured out my plan for the day after a cup of coffee. My neighbor has been fostering dogs through a local non-profit animal rescue group. I decided that I would like to do the same. Something about a speech she gave to me about how when you foster a dog you really safe the lives of three dogs, really resonated with me. It also helped that she had the two cutest puppies in the world running around her kitchen floor. She also told me about how those adorable little puppies were pulled from a shelter. They had been set for euthanization the day after they had been picked up. My shock was almost enough to silence me. If you know me, you know that I am not silenced so easy! Really? Eight week old puppies set for death?

Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized (60 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats). Shelter intakes are about evenly divided between those animals relinquished by owners and those picked up by animal control. These are national estimates; the percentage of euthanasia may vary from state to state. This statistic was pulled from the ASPCA’s website. (Take me to the ASPCA webpage.) What is even more sad, is that many shelters don’t give a lot of time to the animals. What I mean by that is they have a set amount of time to be put up for adoption, and if they don’t get adopted in that time, they are set for euthanization.

While at the local Petsmart, where the adoptions were going on. My neighbor told me about a 5 month old female pup. She was set for euthanization at the close of business yesterday. Let me tell you, she is the most darling little German Shepard pup. The shelter claims she is a mix, however looking at her, she didn’t look mixed at all. (Twenty-five percent of dogs who enter local shelters are purebred. (Source: NCPPSP)) The pup’s sister and her were brought to the shelter by an animal control officer on October 6th. They were just picked up along side the road. The sister got adopted the day before yesterday, leaving her behind. So eight days in the shelter is apparently the maximum at this particular shelter. Sad huh?

With the non-profits blessing to help this beautiful baby, my neighbor and I set off on a race against the clock. We were on a mission to save her. The animal shelter is 50 miles away. We were pushing on the closing clock but we made it just in time. The pup had been marketed a lot on Facebook and there were quite a few pledges from people to help rescue her. Seeing her was great, her picture posted on the internet did her no justice at all. With a whopping price tag of $80 (insert sarcasm here) she was well worth every penny.

People go every day to their local pet stores and many other places to find their pets. Many people would like a pure breed, and I can understand that. However, you can see from the statistic above. You can still get a pure breed from your local shelter. With the holidays around the corner, it just seems like a good time to spread the word. As this is a time of year many families adopt new furry members to their families. Remember this, adopting an animal from the animal shelter, is like using a coupon that saves a life.
While the convenience factor may not exist when you save the life of a animal shelter resident. The reward factor is an amazing high.

Stay tuned for the next installment of Military Blues ~Amanda

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