Notice – friendly senior dog dies on Sunday at a small, rural animal control, aka “dog pound,” on Sunday if help does not come in time.
Undoubtedly, you have seen something along these lines written about homeless pets time and again – what follows is an editorial about the comments left on volunteer-run (keyword “volunteer”) Facebook pages which post photos and information about death row dogs.
Time and again, people leave comments similar to the following:
Why do you keep killing dogs?
You should be ashamed of yourself?
Don’t you have anything to post besides doom and gloom and dogs who are going to die?
Stop the killing!!
I’m unfollowing your page – this is ridiculous!
People leaving such comments are “sometimes” directing their anger towards actual shelter staff, but more often than not, they are criticizing the very people who are volunteering their time to get photos and information out to the public – people who are playing a critical role in securing rescue groups and adoptions for pets who are otherwise doomed to death.
Volunteer-run Facebook pages are giving a voice to dogs who are sitting in silence, waiting for their fate – dogs (and cats) who are in a low-traffic, rural animal control, or a busy, over-crowded animal control, and who are out of time. The volunteers who take the time to post photos and information have NO SAY in whether a pet lives or dies…they are simply trying to help by getting important information out to the public.
Anyone who cares about the fate of these animals who have been cast aside by society should support the Facebook pages which function to save lives – they should never berate them for their efforts and they certainly should not unfollow the page.
Networking saves lives – the more an unwanted animal’s image and their adoption information is shared, the better their odds are of being saved. Please support these pages and speak up when you see an ignorant comment posted about the efforts that are being made to save a life.
Note – in case it was not clear, this is an editorial, not about a specific dog which dies on Sunday (though dozens are at risk at shelters across the nation).
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