Don’t just be sorry ... do something
“The sad reality of ****** people that let dogs go stray.... thank goodness, some animal controls care and turn to rescues for the animal’s well being and another chance. We got this sweet, little senior girl in -- such a trooper. Her teeth were so rotten she had no gums left in certain places, but she tried to eat any soft food we put in front of her. She would hop and skip because her knees were rickety. She would often have urine in her crate. She had discharge from her vulva -- probably from not being spayed. Mammary tumors were apparent. Her eyes were itchy from lack of tears (dry eye). We brought her to our wonderful vet, Dr.Moali, at Lasalle animal hospital. We did blood tests, urine tests, ultra sound and came to the conclusion that she was suffering from many ailments -- that it was only fair to put her to sleep. I will never understand why someone would let a dog go stray. At some point in her previous life someone cared. Animatch was here for her to pick up the pieces.” - Helen
Her name was Keswick and she wasn’t just a dog; she was a living, breathing, wonderful creature who deserved more than the hand she was dealt. Above, is a message that Helen Lacroix, the founder and leader of Animatch, wrote because she just had to get the frustration off her chest. The post on social media has sparked an emotional reaction. Your comments and encouragement mean a lot to Animatch. But, is that where it stops!
A problem exists in North America with stray and abandoned dogs; however, there is a deeper problem in our province. Did you know that in Quebec the average dog spends two years in her home? There are many reasons that dogs are abandoned and we are not here to judge or criticize people who feel a need to give up their dog – at least they had the decency to find a reputable rescue. Not having the “guts” to bring a dog to a rescue but to abandon her as a “stray” is simply not acceptable.
What can the average person do. Dog abuse and abandonment is a “people” problem that has nothing to do with the animal. Neglect and abuse can be prevented in so many ways, but nothing can be done if it’s not reported – sometimes that means talking to a friend or a neighbour about the neglect. Educate people that you see mistreating or neglecting their animals and always, always report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement or animal control. Encourage spay/neutering of companion animals and above all …. Do not buy while so many amazing dogs need your help.
“The world is a dangerous place. Not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and do nothing.”