In Memory Of KodiakWhy do people dump their dogs at a shelter when they are no longer wanted? Several years ago my neighbors had a beautiful Siberian Husky. When they decided to move to another state they dropped their dog off a local shelter. I was furious, but held out hope that Kodiak would be adopted. They gave me their address and went on their merry way. I found out that Kodiak was euthanized 3 days after they abandoned him at the shelter. I sent them the following letter, which probably was cruel, but i didn't care:
Dear====This is to inform you that Kodiak was destroyed, put to sleep, killed 3 days after your surrender of him to the BCAS.
Pet ownership is a responsiility and a commitment. If you are not willing to accept that then please do not get another animal. Pets are not disposable like trash.
I moved from the Northeast with my dog of 13 years. Abandoning her was not EVER considered.
Did you even think what kind of message you gave to your little boy when you thoughtlessly abandoned Kodiak? Did you even think of your son's feelings? Save an animal from misery - don't get another one. Hope you have a thoughtful Christmas.
I am the voice of the voiceless,
Through me the dumb shall speak,
Till the deaf world's ear is made to hear
The wrongs of the wordless weak.
From street from cage and kennel
From stable and zoo, the wail of
My tortured kin proclaims the sin
Of the mighty against the frail.
Oh shame on the mothers of mortals,
Who have not stooped to teach
Of the sorrow that lies in poor dumb eyes,
The sorrow that has no speech.
And I am my brother's keeper
And I will fight his fight.
And speak the word for beast and bird
Till the world shall set things right.
--Ella Wheeler Wilcox, 1850-1919