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This One Wild Life – I DARE you to read it.


I don’t always direct my readers to another blog instead of mine, but in this case I felt that Kim Clune’s post “Animal Overpopulation: The Euphemisms of…” on her blog This One Wild Life was powerful enough that I thought it didn’t need my words added to it.

I will just say this… she includes a video in her post. I dare you to watch it. And then, I dare you to pass it on.

Change is only accomplished when all of us become a part of the solution. Let’s BE the change we want to see.

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  1. January 29, 2011 at 5:40 PM | #1

    Thanks for passing on Kim’s post. The video is an excellent reminder that killing unwanted animals in shelters has a high cost for humans too.

    • Mel
      January 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM | #2

      Thanks Pamela. I agree. Too many are dying in shelters needlessly.

  2. January 30, 2011 at 2:46 AM | #3

    Thanks for linking to that article – it really made me think. People often point fingers at puppy mills and pet stores for contributing to the overpopulation problem, and I understand why. But I never really thought about how breeders also contribute to that. Not that people shouldn’t have a choice about where they get their dogs from – it would just be good if people at least thought about the issue beforehand.

    • Mel
      January 30, 2011 at 2:56 AM | #4

      You’re welcome Oscar! Glad you were able to check it out!
      I actually don’t think that responsible breeders are a part of the problem. The good ones ask you to bring your dog back to them if you decide not to keep it. They also will check to make sure you really are the right person or family before they give you one of their dogs. It’s the irresponsible breeders, puppy mills and backyard breeders who don’t care. I also believe that each one of us plays a role in this process. Those of us who understand the issue should educate, those who get a pet to match the drapes should get a pet rock instead, and those who just want to give in to that immediate gratification of having a pet “now” should be forced to wait. Like you said, I just wish people would think about the issue beforehand and really be honest with themselves about why they want a pet and whether or not they can really handle having one for life.

      I so very much thank you for your thoughtful response. :)

  3. January 30, 2011 at 6:32 AM | #5

    Mel, I heart broke and I had a good cry from this post. Of course, I know this happens over and over again, but this piece brings it to the core and makes you “feel” it. Please know that I, like you, am putting this on my blog to direct my readers to.

    • Mel
      January 30, 2011 at 9:23 AM | #6

      I know how you feel Ginger. Originally, I chose not to watch the video – I know what it’s like. I’ve volunteered for years at a shelter. I’ve seen the toll it takes on staff and volunteers. It’s heartbreaking. I did however, end up watching it anyways. Still broke my heart. :(
      Thank you for choosing to pass it on. I hope the post and video go viral.

  4. Kristine
    January 31, 2011 at 1:13 AM | #7

    I am still affected after watching the video a few days ago. I am so glad everyone is passing it on. The more people who watch this, the better. Maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t have to be this way.

    • Mel
      January 31, 2011 at 5:16 PM | #8

      I still am too. I hope it continues to make the rounds.

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