Thursday, August 21, 2008

Pet Box Inspection

"Anyone who has spent time volunteering for a rescue organization knows that - generally - people suck. Doing animal rescue we do not see the best side of people. Yes, every now and then we meet wonderful people who are doing great work in the humane community - but far more often we hear about and/or witness the truly apathetic, insensitive nature of human beings.

Over the years we have seen many, many injustices towards animals - including animals left in trash cans, tied to poles, kicked so hard that they lose an eye, thrown out of cars into traffic, taped up in boxes on the side of the freeway, left in bathrooms at pet stores…. just to name a few. Having seen what we’ve seen, all of us in rescue participate in what we refer to as the “Mandatory Box Inspection”…

This means that whenever we see a box - wherever we are - we will stop and look inside of it. This is to be sure that there are no kittens or puppies or hamsters in the box. We will stop traffic if necessary, pull over to the side of the freeway, go WAY out of our way to have a peek inside of any suspicious box. Once we determine that there is nothing in the box, we will then tear the box apart so that nothing can be PUT inside the box. It is a habit that we all have. It’s second nature."


Designing Hilary said...

I've always admired and appreciated the folks who rescue animals, especially since the majority of the army is unpaid. But I never thought about how it would affect one psychologically.

Thank you for your work!!

Keep in mind that there are many, many animal lovers out here who do take care of their pets as best they(we) can. I'd like to think we are truly the majority ... a huge, but silent, majority.

Hawksdomain said...

Just frightening to think that a box could be used as such a weapon. Penalties for such neglect should be so much harder, but would be difficult to prove, I suppose. I had to give my dog up several years ago and I could not imagine abandoning her, it was hard enough to take her to the shelter.