A Humane Society Thanksgiving-Adopt a
It always breaks my heart when I go by the Wichita humane society or city animal shelter and see all
those unwanted or lost animals.
When a dog looks into yours eyes from behind those bars it looks so sad. I can feel it deep down. The
sadness, confusion and pure desperation. The thing is a dog, or cat, doesn’t understand. It just knows
that one minute it was frolicking happily about without a care in the world and the next minute it’s
locked in a cage completely alone.
I shouldn’t say completely alone. Those people who work at the humane society and animal shelter
here in Wichita are really great people. They give the animals all the love and support they can.
The reason I bring this up tonight is I was writing about foreclosures earlier. What I found is that, like
what happened in New Orleans, when people lose their homes, their pets lose their homes too. Many
people just can’t afford to take their animals with them as they strike out into the cold and lonely world
of homelessness. Even when taken in by relatives, friends or the Government, the pets generally aren’t
The alternative is “the pound”. While I’m sure many people would like to and may even plan to come
back for them, most of the time it’s just not feasible. No one ever knows how long the bad times are
going to last.
The country has had an unprecedented number of foreclosures this year. That has left the homeless pet
population growing immensely. The shelters are filling up quickly right at a time when the lost and
homeless pet problem was nearing a solution.There is an actual plan, a goal, to not have to put animals
down anymore sometime in the future and to get control of this problem.
The shelter and humane society will keep the animals for some time waiting for the owners. I’m not
really sure what the policy is exactly, but the last time I was there interviewing some of the workers
they showed me some dogs that were being “stored” while the owners were in jail or workin