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Thursday, June 25, 2009

California's Hidden Homeless

By A. J. Llewellyn

This is my new baby kitty. Isn't he adorable?
He was slated for execution yesterday, but I saved him, by a whisker if you'll pardon the pun.
He's nine weeks old and pure, pure love. He is the sweetest boy, but like countless other cats and dogs, the state of California just wants to get rid of him.
I know in these harsh economic times that families are suffering, jobs are down, money's non-existent...in California, the water shortage is now a state emergency. Government employees are taking enforced days off each month, everyone's getting pink-slipped, but thanks to a new law signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, animals in shelters are being slaughtered in record numbers.
Animals brought to the state's shelters are given a scant THREE DAYS thanks to Arnie, to find homes. Or else.
Wednesday is D-Day for animals in the shelters and I used to receive a weekly email bulletin of all the adoptable animals slated for death. I had to drop the list since it rendered me hysterical each time I saw photos of wonderful, lovable animals in cages scheduled for euthanasia with the reason: LACK OF ROOM.
The prime victims? Puppies and kittens, because they're more work than adult animals. Also, whelping mother dogs and cats and their litters and any animal that requires extra medical care.
I know some people will roll their eyes that I am blogging about animals, but to me, they are the most innocent victims of our times. They are the true hidden homeless and there are many, wonderful people who rally each week and try and rescue all the animals they can but of course, countless numbers don't find a ninth life.
Please keep in mind, if you can, give a home to a shelter pet. If you can, foster a puppy or kitten, but above all, please think about emailing our Governor and asking him to grant our hidden homeless a longer life.

Aloha oe,
A. J.

6 comments:

C.R. Moss said...

oh that kitten is cute!
all three of our animals were from foster/rescue.
=)

AJ Llewellyn said...

There are many reasons I afore you CR, these are three of them!
:)

Lynn Crain said...

You have a sweetie on your hands.

And I don't think it's a bad thing to let people know what's going on. In most people's eyes, cats and dogs are expendible. In my eyes, nothing on this planet is expendible except maybe the occassional bug. If they annoy me they will get it...LOL!

Yes, I'm the type of person who will find a way on taking a spider out of the house or getting the latest herd of water bugs out the front door.

If I could take more in, I would. I have 3 cats and 1 dog. I could get another dog and definitely would take the right one but just haven't found the beast yet. In my town, they know me and have checked to make sure I'm not above my limit of 3 cats and 2 dogs. Makes me want to use my family farm in Ohio for an animal sanctuary.

Lynn

Erin Sinclair said...

What a sweet baby! I am a huge advocate of spaying/neutering. I want pet ownership laws changed to indicate if you are not a licensed and registered professional breeder, you can not own a pet capable of breeding, you must sterilize them. The irresponsibility of NOT having your animal spayed/neutered is beyond me.

We recently brought a new addition to our home...a sweetheart of a beagle puppy (I'm a sucker for those faces). His name is Duncan and he's a terror but he's my terror and quite the cuddlebug. He wraps his paws around my neck and buries his face in my chest and eats everything. He finally learned how to bay and sounds so young next to my older boy beagle.

I agree with you AJ it is a horrifying epidemic and inexcusable. In Las Vegas and North Las Vegas where I currently live, the animal shelters have instituted a program where they are sterilizing feral dogs and cats to combat the population growth as there are no more rooms in the shelters.

Erin

AJ Llewellyn said...

Lynn and Erin, thanks so much!

AJ

michelle celmer said...

I wish I could adopt them ALL! This is why it's no important to neuter and spay!

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