Susan Wallace: Saving dogs, not at the expense of people in need
In response to Ms. McDonald’s question, (The Union, Oct. 22) “Why should we care more about homeless animals than our fellow humans?”
Her question assumes facts simply not in evidence.
I am weary of people holding out some of our community’s love of animals as fact, when it is faulty logic as to why we (or somebody) doesn’t help our human homeless population enough. I never walked by someone who appeared homeless and asked for a meal that I turned down. In my whole life.
But that is hardly the issue. Some good people are very afraid of people who don’t look like them; and some people who help the homeless are afraid of dogs (so the homeless human population with dogs are left without shelter so as to not intrude on those fearful but with overnight shelter) and I try not to judge them. But I am grateful for whatever generosity touches their hearts often enough to open their wallets to help those in need, be they homeless humans or homeless animals.
Why do we have this need to feel we must measure our deficiencies or our needs by what others do to help or support something different from what you or others want done and are willing to do?
Across the country, we kill hundreds of thousands of dogs each year because they have no home. And people purchase “pure”-bred dogs for thousands of dollars for one dog, often brought into this world by breeders, many who live off the misery of those animals’ lives they sell to the extravagant elite.
The last time I looked we are not shooting or putting down humans for having this misfortune of being homeless with nowhere to go.
Susan Wallace is the founder of Scooters Pals Dog Rescue in Grass Valley.
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