Thursday, July 22, 2010

Second class citizens?

Is that how the world view us, rescue and shelter dogs? That article from the LA Times started me thinking. Unfortunately the more I thought, the angrier I got. Yes, angry. Fuming. Ticked off beyond words. I had to calm myself down enough to write this. That meant walking off the rage into coherent thinking. So, let me quote the part that really got me angry:
"From April 2006 through June 2007, the agency bought 322 untrained dogs at a cost of $1.46 million, or an average price of $4,535 each — a reasonable cost, the inspector general found."
OMD! 4,535 dollars... Do you have any idea how many dogs could be rescued and save that money?

The lack logic, the total lack of logic, really it's insane. Nine million dogs are killed yearly and our own government is spending 4,535 dollars per dog while admitting that:

"Males and females ages 12 months to 36 months are eligible. The department is looking for Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, German shepherds, Dutch shepherds, Belgian Malinois "or other working, herding or sporting breeds with prior approval."Homeland Security says no training is necessary — their experts will handle that. But the candidates must be "alert, active, outgoing, confident" and "extremely tolerant of people," according to the solicitation, which sets a July 23 deadline."
So, why are they NOT looking into shelters and rescues???? Do you mean to tell me that NO shelter dog or rescue dog meets that criteria????? ARE YOU SERIOUS??

Who is making a kickback from this? I have to ask.

Al Franken (D-Minn.) you claim to love dogs.... soooooo STEP UP!!!! You wrote this article, help us fix this horror!

GUYS, anyone reading this blog, please, call write, fax, post, email, do it all!!!! WE ARE NOT SECOND CLASS. Make the US government set an example. SAVE A LIFE!!!!



Not a second class anything!


rocky-dog said...

I'm a firm believer that all 4leggeds should have the opportunity for satisfying work. Apparently I am already too old for the security gig (what, you think you can't teach an "old" dog new tricks??? -- hmmm, they obviously have never met a bichon!) I also think it is ridiculous to be spending such huge sums of money when there are so many of us pining in shelters! Plus they say that no prior experience is necessary. Come on guys wake up and smell the kibble! cappuccino or whatever wakes you up.

While I am quite proud of our cousins who do this work, I am sure that there are many others who would love to serve their country instead of being jailed through no fault of their own, except for being unwanted.

Okay -- off the mama's soapbox for now -- Rocky

silvieon4 said...

here here we second, 3rd and 4th you!

bichonpawz said...

It saddens me to read so many posts about dogs being euthanized for no particular reason...or so many that are up for just makes me so sad. Rescue is many sweet, sweet dogs that just need an owner to love them.