Unless you live under a rock, you have seen or heard my opinion about the emotional impact animal welfare has on humans. The lack of understanding of this fact is particularly frustrating to me as I seek to continually raise money for the services provided to Columbiana County residents at the hands of The Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC). I attempt to educate the non-pet loving segment of the community to the importance of supporting this hardworking organization since they help people, not just animals.
An example of emotional impact is being played out in Sochi, Russia, alongside the Olympic athletes as large numbers of stray dogs roam the Olympic Village. Athletes are enduring barking dogs alongside the cross country trail during a training run and the horror of fighting dogs outside of the Gorki Media Center.
Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy saved a litter of pups and their mother from the streets, saying, "I've been around animals all of my life. It's hard to watch." Shouldn't this Olympian be able to just concentrate on bringing home the gold? Reports indicate mass euthanasia prior to the games by hired exterminators with poison darts. If this picture doesn't scream emotional impact, what does?
Over 10 times the normal number of humans was impacted by animal welfare during recent weeks in Columbiana County. This is evidenced by the increased number of phone calls of concern that were answered by the humane society during the difficult winter weather. Animals are unable to pick up the phone and dial, so we can deduce that humans are being emotionally impacted and compelled to make the call on their behalf.
The next time someone tells me they don't support animal welfare organizations like HSCC because they support organizations that help people, I think I'll tie them to a dog box and give the dog my cell phone. Hopefully, a human will care enough to call for help on their behalf.
Jenny R. Pike