" I hold that, the more helpless a creature,
the more entitled it is to protection by man
from the cruelty of man."....Mahatma Gandi
For those who have STOLEN a pet, or who have FOUND a pet without reporting him/her to the local shelter, in addition have NOT tried to locate the families of these pets but decided to keep him/her or give them away...which is still considered THEFT....here is something to think about:
Imagine, if you have the empathy, what the families of these pets are going through. The heartache, the mental anguish, as well as the financial hardship that they are forced to endure as they scrape together "REWARD" money....which MANY on fixed incomes just DO NOT have!
Of course this is not limited to the humans involved; keep in mind these frightened and confused animals are suffering as well! PLEASE try to imagine what helpless and powerless feels like for these pets who so desperately want to be back with their families!
Once you have taken this in, realize that it really does come down to you to do the right thing and either take the pet to ANY animal care and control (shelter), which is the first place most go to look for their pets... you may also try taking the pet to vet to be scanned for a chip...service is free.
If the shelter is closed contact a 24/7 Emergency Pet Hosp. where in addition to scanning for a chip, may hold the pet until the shelter opens. One should also try posting on the following sites: Craig's List (lost & found) & CL(pets); Nextdoor.com; PawBoost.com and Petharbor.com. Of course INSIST on proof from anyone claiming ownership.
Imagine if this were to be the last day of your life what actions would you take?
As a member of a community in which you live I would hope you would engage in several acts of kindness and compassion....AS IF WERE THE VERY LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!
It comes down to you to make a difference and possibly save a life.
If you see a cat, dog, rabbit, wandering about don't assume the owner is close by as there is a good chance he/she may be lost and they need to be gotten out of harms way.
IN ADDITION if you come across a DECEASED animal PLEASE have the good sense to contact your local animal care and control or if possible take the animal to your local shelter where they can scan for a chip and put the body on ice until the owner is located....again, shelters are the first place most go and not everyone uses social media. IF the shelter is closed a 24/7 emergency pet hosp. would most likely be the place to go as they will cover until the shelter opens.
DO NOT think you're doing anyone any favors by leaving the pet at a curb thinking the owner will find him/her...or even worse BURYING the animal.
I think most would agree that times are hard and the news....not good. WE ALL need a little compassion and kindness during these dark days.
Lets all try to do our part in helping one another!
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