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Animal Shelters Essay

  • Submitted by: dnelson1969
  • on February 19, 2012
  • Category: Miscellaneous
  • Length: 918 words

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Mark Twain said “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man.”
I met my future wife doing volunteer work for Pawsibilities: The Humane Society of Greater Akron.   Not the “fun, playing with puppies and snuggling with kittens” kind of volunteer work that everybody signs up for, but the “dirty, packing up supplies and equipment from the inside of a filthy, old barn” kind of volunteer work. The kind that only dedicated idiots can be tricked into doing. At the time, we had both adopted our dogs, Gino and Farley, and I my cat, Brick, from Pawsibilities and we have grown to love helping keep the shelter running and meeting the hundreds of animals that we’ve seen come though there. I would like to tell you about this wonderful place where we spend our time.

But first, a little background on animals shelter - The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that there are 5,000 community run animal shelters nationwide. Most of these shelters are not affiliated with the ASPCA or the Humane Society of the United States and depend on donations instead of federal funding and volunteers rather than full time staff to keep them running. These shelters take in between 5 and 7 million animals every year with sixty percent of dogs and seventy percent of the cats that enter a shelter being euthanized. These animals are destroyed simply because there aren’t enough people to adopt them.
Shelters such as these are necessary for several reasons but chief among them is the fact that animals are abused, neglected and abandoned with alarming frequency.
So on to our particular shelter…
Pawsibilities, like many other shelters, is not affiliated with any government program. We operate on money from individual donations and from fund-raisers and a grant here and there. We also rely heavily on a volunteer workforce with a small, core group of very dedicated, very underpaid...

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