4 Million Disposable Dogs — 4 Million Disposable People

I’ve been involved in animal welfare and rescue since 2004. I felt the calling and followed it after surviving a terminal illness. A dying and rebirth process that changed my life forever.

With a new lease on life I felt compelled to help others. The others I chose were animals, in particular death row shelter dogs. Actually dog rescue was not a cause I chose, it chose me. For before my life change I was a hard charging corporate executive with Fortune 500 companies. I loved animals, and always had dogs but never thought it would turn into a calling.

Life seems to have its own agenda however and we must be ever alert for the correct path to walk to find our calling — and a life of deeper meaning. I didn’t question or argue with it, I just started doing it. I always loved dogs and that was good enough for me. And that’s how my journey to save 8 million dogs…and cats started.

Soon into the journey however I started to ask myself some hard to answer questions. Like, why are we killing these healthy, beautiful homeless animals? Why when we love our family pets so much do we dispose of them and destroy them. I kept asking others and myself questions such as, why do they have to die? Why do we as a society allow this to happen? Can’t we see the needless tragedy of it all? Why when we seem to be as smart and affluent as a country can’t we solve this problem?

I finally came to find my answers about five years ago. The answers all revolved around one thing.

Disposing, discarding and destroying family pets is basically a mirror reflection of our disposable mindset American society.

Our disposal of our 4 million homeless dogs and 4 million homeless people is no different than anything else in our current disposable society. This is not an indictment, but simply a fact. Today we all live in a disposable society. We acquire something and if we tire of it we get a new something. Don’t like your perfectly good cell phone? Turn it in and get another shinier one. Don’t like your marriage? No problem, dispose of your spouse and get a new one. Not feeling happy? Don’t look inside and examine your thinking, just get some drugs and your pain and unhappiness will all go away. Tired of this or tired of that? No problems dispose of it and get a new this or that.

But there is a steep cost to our souls, our health our stability and our lives to living in a disposable society. We have skyrocketing divorce rates. We have skyrocketing consumer debt. Our disposed of kids are lost emotionally, taking drugs to mask the pain and are dying of heroin overdoses at alarming rates.

And as to our family pets? Well when we tire of them, or they become a bit of a problem? No problem, we just emotionally detach ourselves from then and dispose of them as well. We take them to the shelter; dump them off there and wham our problem is solved. We turn them into a community shelter and let the government handle our personal problem. Well they handle it all right. They dispose of the problem. We know the facts. We know that when we turn a family pet over to the shelter the odds are at best 50/50 that in 5 days the shelter will destroy and then dispose of your problem for you. And in some cases; at ultra-high kill shelters the statistics are 90 %, will destroyed and discarded in just a few days’ time.

America, we have to wake up and realize that the only way we can solve our homeless pet issue is to see it for what it really is. 8 Million homeless pets in America is a reflection of our disposable society. We talk about the future and ignore the present. We only want the future and do not respect, or learn from the past. We tire of what we have, always wanting something new. In rescue I see it every day. There is a belief that homeless animals are too big of a problem to solve. Too many believe euthanizing 4 million of them is the only solution. They are not open to implementing proven alternatives to the problem. We seem to have no will to solve our problems any longer. We seem to prefer to argue and ignore social issues. We put forth no effort to tackle hard issues and offer balanced solutions.

I have become so exasperated that I wrote a book with the 20 best solutions to end the believed need to euthanize homeless animals in America. The book is not about kill shelters versus no kill. It is not about blame for the people who relinquish their pets or the shelters who must deal with what has occurred. It’s about a better way, an intelligent and humane way to care for our beloved homeless animals. And a better way to operate animal shelters. Changing the focus of shelters from a place that disposes of homeless animals to a community center that adopts its community’s homeless animals…. all of them…not just half of them.

Our current system of saving homeless animals is terribly dysfunctional and broken. We are dealing with a system we have inherited. We as a society are dealing with this system we do not like and only we working together as a society can we reinvent and create a new system of animal welfare that we will like.

Can we change society? Well eventually all societies change, for the better, or for the worse, but all societies change. Despite our many social issues I am optimistic however. I really believe that our country is awakening to our disposable mindset and is moving towards change.

Believing that society is shifting — and linking that positive shift to animal welfare is why we started our non-profit Green Pets America, and recently published our first book, Rescue Renew Rehome. We believe that shortly we will become a greener recyclable society that values all life. We believe it is not too late to awaken and become a better society that goes from discarding and destroying our family pets to recycling them by “rescuing renewing and rehoming” That is our mantra, our tag line and therefore the name of our book.

Rescue Renew Rehome offers pragmatic solutions. Solutions that when fully embraced by a country that loves its companion animals will finally end the needless disposal of 8 million pets yearly, and the needless euthanization and destroying of 4 million annually in our shelters.

We hope you will read this thoughtful book of solutions and purchase an extra copy for your local animal shelter as well. Help them learn the 20 ways to solve this problem in America and help them adopt all their cats and dogs into loving homes in your community.

Don’t be an observer in life become part of the solution. Volunteer at your shelter or rescue group and help them Rescue Renew and Rehome Americas loving companion animals. Rescuing dogs saved my life. Rescue a dog and you will find that your heart will be rescued and saved as well.

There are also almost 4 million homeless people in America.

They have also been discarded and overlooked by our disposable society. Here are some staggering statistics. If saving animals is not your calling, perhaps saving America’s discarded people may be your calling. We must stop, examine our disposable mindset in America and work together to save our homeless people and our homeless animals.

From a 2015 study done by the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, homelessness is considered an epidemic in major American cities.

According to the Institution of Housing, the U.S. Government has focused 42% more on foreign countries homelessness rather than homeless Americans, including homeless veterans.

· One out of 50 children {1.5 million} are homeless in America.

· In 2015 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti declared a state of emergency to secure $100 million to cure what has become a homeless people crisis in Los Angeles.

· In 2015 homelessness in New York City tripled in just 5 years, from 20,000 people to more than 60,000 in January 2015.

According to the United States Conference of Mayors, the top three causes for homelessness in their cities was, in ranking order.

  1. Mental illness or the lack of needed services. The deinstitutionalization movement from the 1950s onwards in state mental health systems, to shift towards ‘community-based’ treatment of the mentally ill, as opposed to long-term commitment in institutions.
  2. Drug abuse and lack of needed services, including the failure of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide effective mental health care and meaningful job training for homeless veterans.
  3. Low-paying jobs.

Nationally over 3.5 million people, are homelessness in America {2007 study National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty}

· 78 percent of all sheltered homeless persons are adults.

· 61 percent are male.

· 39 percent women

· 22 percent children

· 12 percent veterans

· 61 percent women and children

· 62 percent are minorities

· 38 percent have a mental or physical disability.

We must stop ignoring our social issues; examine our disposable mindset in America and come together to save our homeless people and our homeless animals.

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