Let’s start by saying that in the past, I was a PETA supporter. I made sure never to wear fur, I supported their campaigns to take on the industrial food companies who hurt and torture animals, and I even went through our neighborhood when I was young, collecting all the L’Oreal products to ship back to the company with my letter of complaint over their abuse of rabbits.
So I was shocked an appalled to read that PETA has a shelter, where they make no effort to rehabilitate the animals, and instead, they kill them all.
“Well,”, PETA people said, “They were unadoptable”. But I do not believe this, based on my own personal experience with my own rescused (read previously “unadoptable”) pets.
Let’s take just three of my rescues:
1. Sherman, the beautiful unadoptable beagle who was adopted 4 times and sent back to the rescue group every time because he always peed on the floor. When I met Sherman, I reached down to pet him, and he peed on the deck. But I adopted him anyway, and he was one of the most loving, sweet and incredible dogs I ever had. And in only 18 months, he was housebroken too.
2. Pixie, the smallest, sickest, and most unadoptable beagle ever. Pixie had heartworm, and after the treatment, was left with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder) – she couldn’t breathe easily.
Pixie was the most expensive dog, the rescue group (www.brewbeagles.org) ever had, and was deemed unadoptable. Except that I adopted her and again, she had the best personality, the way she hoarded dog treats by stuffing all of them into her cheeks and then carefully hiding them under her pillow was a real treat to watch. And she turned out to be a wonderful dog, too.
3. Roxy is my most recent beagle – she was also unadoptable, in terrible health and right after someone dropped her off at my house, I found out she had heartworm. After the heartworm treatment, she recovered by looking under every sofa and chair cushion in the house, looking for a kernal of popcorn or a long forgotten pretzel. Still with stomach issues after the heartworm treatment, she may be the absolutely best beagle I ever had, despite her issues.
So when PETA says their pets are unadoptable, I can’t believe them. Whether it is chronic breathing problems, chronic stomach issues, or peeing on the floor, these dogs CAN be healed, they can be rehabilitated, and they can both experience joy and love, AND give joy and love to everyone.
So they just lost me!