Since working for the SPCA I’ve been exposed to the harsh realities animals face daily. Before I knew but I didn’t really know.
As a bookkeeper who keeps busy with numbers all day I truly admire the strength our inspectors and clinic staff possess. I won’t go into the gory details but between the cat stuck on a roof and the dog who needs sterilization, the things they see on a daily basis is gut wrenching and shocking. Dog fighting, Horse racing, circus animals, caging, breeding, inhumane methods of slaughter houses, the cruelty and abuse is endless. It’s no wonder most of my colleagues are vegan. By the way tying your dog up for long hours ( especially with no shelter and water) is considered abuse and that might seem obvious but its unbelievably common in our neighbourhoods.
Honestly I can’t tell half the stories my colleagues can but after seeing pictures they took and videos, I prefer not knowing. I react emotionally and end up in rage, so I prefer capturing figures in my oblivious bubble.
Working here has opened my eyes and taught me things people take for granted. Yes we all know dogs have super hearing, so do you take that into account when you’re setting off fireworks? If a Dog can hear a grasshopper eat, imagine what a firecracker sounds like.
During these festivities, we’re inundated with stray animals, most of which have fled their homes trying to escape the sounds. Animals are knocked by vehicles while running away etc. Many people don’t realize and prepare for things like this which end up in catastrophe for the pets they claim to love.
We’ve consequently developed an education team who works with schools to teach children how to take care of their pets. Thought of giving a bunny to your kid for Easter? Cute right? Not so cute when the novelty wears off and you realize that maintaining this pest isn’t so cool anymore, and when the rabbit starts breeding…
There are benefits to working here too. I get to play with puppy dogs and kittens everyday, even cows and horses. We also have a Wildlife care facility which is essential.
There is a lot you can do to help the voiceless, innocent creatures out there but it may be overwhelming for some. I suppose I can request that potential pet owners think hard before buying a dog in a store (or illegally from a random uncertified breeder) just because it looks cute or cool (some youngsters buy vicious dogs thinking it’ll make them look cool). And that current pet owners educate themselves on how to properly take care of their animal as sometimes specific breeds have certain needs. Also know that some animals are not under any circumstances fit as pets and should stay in the wild where they belong.
If after considering all the facts and repercussions, you still want to commit to a lifetime with a domestic animal, go to your nearest animal shelter. They might not be pedigrees but they too can provide the same amount of unconditional love.
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