Question: Dear Luise: I have a terrible time over the way pets are treated. How they are abused, neglected and abandoned. I do what I can but the need to attend to the problem is huge. It just breaks my heart, even thinking about it. Help me, please. Mae
Answer: Dear Mae: I’m with you. When I see a bewildered stray, I can hardly stand it. I can’t tell you how many I have picked up and taken to the Humane Society, knowing what the odds were for them. Every week my favorite TV station features their homeless “Pet of the Week”…and I always want to call. Our dog is from a shelter and so was his little companion, who has since passed on. You’re right in your thinking that it’s a huge problem. It always has been.
If we were to go to many third-world countries, we would see human beings in the same situation: children dying of starvation, often without families or shelter and old people, abandoned. I don’t know where you are from, but here in the United States
our homeless shelters are often overflowing and people in ghettos and tent-cities live without dignity or hope. It goes way beyond the inhumane treatment of domestic pets, and farm animals. The sad truth is that, as a race, we have many issues that we are not dealing with effectively. Endless inequity exists that puts one person in a home offering 10,000 square feet of opulence and someone else under a bridge in a cardboard carton. Those doing well often feel they have earned it, and yet many of those in despair have never had a chance. All I am aware of that we can do is to support, in any way we can, the agencies that address these issues, if not with money then with volunteering our time. Beyond that, I personally feel that prayer, in whatever way you approach it, is what’s needed. Blessings, Luise