Garland, TX – I am currently 3000 miles from home.
Just outside of the door from my hotel room are swaying palms, white sand beaches and aqua blue water for as far as the eye can see.
I am away from home – away from the day to day horrors of rescue – but that doesn’t mean that anything has changed.
Dogs are still being abused – dogs are still dying inside of shelters across the nation.
This afternoon, just moments after posting one of the few stories which I have chosen to share while “on vacation”, I received an email about a dog who will die on September 2, 2011.
Two days from now, this un-named dog, a shelter favorite, will die quietly.
It doesn’t matter if I go away on vacation.
It doesn’t matter if you choose to stop reading the sad stories.
The dogs are still dying.
This dog, ID# A153896, is at Garland Animal Services – here, Pit bulls are the first to go.
Even if they are a shelter favorite – even if they have displayed no temperament issues which may cause concern.
Shared from a shelter volunteer,
I have met him and he is just the sweetest. He seems uninterested in the dogs in the kennels around him and tried so hard to lean through the chain link door to get too me so he could rub up on me and get some much wanted love. He is not rescue only per se and if someone is interested, they can go in person and prepay his adoption fee of $80 which will cover his shots, neutering (before he leaves the building) HW test.
ID# A153896 cannot ask you to spare his life. He can do nothing more than seek affection from anyone who will pay him some attention.
If no one steps up to lend him a hand, he will be yet another nameless dog, thrown away by someone who either did not care, or who “assumed” that he would find a home.
He will die after a short walk to a quiet back room with an attendant carrying a lethal injection.
His eyes will look into those of the attendant – he will press into that individual one last time, hoping for some reassurance for the fear that is coursing through his body.
And then he will be gone.
Another dog, another number – gone.
Will you please help this boy? Can you take two seconds from your day to share his story?
Take it from a want to be vacationer – even if you try to step away from the reality of animal control facility deaths – they will not go away – no matter where you are.
Palm trees and oceans will not make the killings stop.
This dog’s contact information:
Garland Animal Service
600 Tower Street
Garland TX 75040
972-205-3571 option 2 then option 4
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