Friday, November 11, 2011
After spending a couple of days at the local animal shelter helping with an influx of bunny rabbits rescued from God awful conditions with a crazy breeder, I’m exhausted.
The work is extremely rewarding, and it won’t be done for weeks, and it’s hard – physically and emotionally. I came home Wednesday evening and cried for hours.
The rabbits are in an overflow area at the shelter’s back end, in sort of an over-sized garage. It’s clean and it's suitable temporarily – in fact it’s a Hilton compared to where they came from – but there are so many rabbits.
The first day we saw to their basic needs, separated the males from the females and assessed them for injuries. It’s bending and reaching and squatting and lifting – it’s work! That was on Monday.
Wednesday I returned to clean their pen areas and help shuffle the buns to and from the vet exams. There was a time when I was alone, and I noticed a young woman coming and going from the garage.
About the fourth time she came in I saw she that she held a black bag and she carried it into a walk-in refrigerator and laid it on top of the others there. I suddenly felt a knot in my stomach.
The knot lasted the day and into the night, accompanied by shifting feelings of pain and anger, grief and rage – followed by blame. It was business as usual in a typical animal shelter, and animals die in shelters.
If you are reading this and you are a breeder or you buy animals from a breeder or support breeders in any way – please STOP. You are part of the problem. When you buy rather than adopt, you are perpetuating the cycle of pet homelessness. Maybe you didn’t know – it’s true.
My heart is still broken from the disposability of those cats and dogs, a minuscule sample of the larger population – turned into waste because of human selfishness, closed-mindedness, ignorance and irresponsibility. We don’t have to continue the cycle.
It’s hard to believe that we live in a world that needs so much love and yet we destroy the vessels of love so easily. I ask, no I beg for what it’s worth, please – spay and neuter your pets, and speak up! Educate others, be part of the solution – don’t be afraid - this is an opportunity!
For those of you who know me, this post isn’t as bubbly as the norm, but it is a message of hope. A new dawn emerges! As sure as there is a sun and a moon, we are are moving in the direction of compassion, it’s just that the pace is an intangible.
All you have to do is think back to the changes that have occurred over the past 50 to 100 years – it’s a perspective thing. The middle of change isn't easy, and some days trusting in the slow work of God seems inconceivable.