There we were, going about our everyday business…while checking out what’s going on on Facebook, we stumbled upon a photo that a friend posted [thank you Linda!]. She titled it “GENTLE ONE” and it was a photo of a dog in Brooklyn Animal Care and Control and it said she’s to be destroyed [euthanized] within a day. Now, I [aga] follow a lot of rescues, animal welfare organizations, shelters, info pages on FB and I see this everyday; hundreds of pleads for animals to be saved. It’s hard, but I re-post; comment and do whatever I can to to help. So, my heart breaks every time I see a message like this.
A day went by. Marcin, out of nowhere told me – there’s something about that one. Let’s get her. I looked at him and said that she was posted yesterday; they put down dogs starting at 6am; we might be too late!!! So the frantic rush against the clock started; calling the shelter is a total nightmare; they are understaffed and have so many animals to care for; getting through took hours. I asked for her by her ID; those dogs on that list aren’t up for adoptions; they are in cages waiting to die. Nobody knows about them other than the workers and volunteers. Now, that’s where URGENT comes into play. An organization which helps those dogs be seen by the world. All started by one woman with a heart! There are few locations of ACC in New York; and thanks to volunteers and good souls; some animals from the death row are saved. Most of the dogs on THAT list don’t have a chance; they are either old or bully breeds – they are put on there due to things as simple and treatable as a cold [but it's not all ACC's fault; hundreds of animals go through their doors - they simply don't have the means to save them all -yes, can something be done about it? you bet! but let's not get into the politics of this now]. Back to our story. A kind voice told me; she’s still there to come get her quick. It was late by the time we got through the shelter. Next morning we took off to Brooklyn with Luna [they have to meet and see if they can get along] and got her. She’s sick, tired and severely underweight but she has the most gentle deep gaze and just craves closeness of people; although very very scared. Shows HOW DEEP the love of K9 goes toward humans; it amazes me each time she puts her head on my lap and looks into my eyes with her sad ones.
Rest assure, little girl, no more sadness for you.
So, if you’re on facebook and have the heart, like the page of “Urgent” and even if you’re not planning to get a dog [yes, it's a big responsibility and one should be 100% sure that they have the time and heart for 10+ years to give a soul life it deserves] but if you re-post the dogs and the notes about kill shelters in the city; sometime in the future we can make a difference and stop the senseless killings.