Kudos to Jenny R. Pike for her letter that appeared on Feb. 19. While I have never met Jenny, I know her name through her work with people and animals through the Humane Society of Columbiana County (HSCC).
If her words encouraged just one person in the community and changed their perspective of the emotional impact animal welfare has on humans, then she succeeded. That one person could possibly impact another person and the way they feel and react to animal welfare.
Remember, Jenny, "To say nothing, to do nothing, stops nothing."
For animal lovers, animal rescue is a rewarding job, yet heartbreaking. You witness a level of cruelty you didn't think was possible. The ignorance of others angers you. You pick up the pieces of damage you didn't do. But when you look into the eyes of a saved animal, it was worth it.
According to the Humane Society of the U.S. (HSUS), between 6-8 million dogs and cats are left at shelters each year. It is supposed to be us to speak for these creatures who lack a voice, for who will, if we don't?
If you're unable to donate to HSCC's fundraising efforts, consider volunteering at your local shelter to help feed and walk the dogs. If you can't volunteer, why not buy some straw, treats, doggie toys or warm blankets and drop them off at your local shelter? It might just make a difference to someone.
Don't lose hope, Jenny, your attempts to educate the non-pet loving segment of the community to the importance of supporting the HSCC since they help people, not just animals, is not going unnoticed and you have my genuine appreciation. Along with educating people, we need things like maximum sentencing for animal neglect and abuse, and a national registry for convicted animal abusers.
"Science may have found a cure for most evils but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings."
P.S. I have two rescued dogs and one rescued "princess" cat.