We hear more often about happy animals adopted in shelters and given a second chance in life, but for the animals that stay too long in the overcrowded animal shelters, there is unfortunately only one way out.
In the media there are countless pictures of dogs being picked up by animal rescuers, but we never see the beautiful dogs sadly having to be put to sleep to make room for more unwanted animals.
A volunteer from an animal shelter has set himself the task of changing this with a special memorial page aimed at all unwanted animals.
Approximately 1.5 million dogs are reported every year in the shelters of the United States of America ASPCA put to sleep.
But despite this shocking statistic, we never saw the dogs behind it.
When Pat Gregoire came to her volunteer shift at Baldwin Park shelter in Los Angeles, USA, she witnessed something that gave a face to this heartbreaking situation.
Pat arrived before the shelter was opened and had her camera with her to photograph and share dogs for adoption in the social media.
“I came to the kennel of this one dog, who was always very quiet when staff took her out. I asked him, “Where are you going with her?” He just looked at me and said, “I’m taking her to the back.” And then I knew “Oh my God,” I knew what that meant,” Pat said to Pat. Le Dodo.
“That’s something the public won’t notice.”
“Every dog counts”
She also told us that the dog slowly walked away with the employee who led her to the room where she was to be put down.
“I don’t know why I took that picture. I think the dog meant something, at least to me,” Pat said.
She usually deletes photos of dogs that have been euthanized because no one wanted to adopt them, but that has changed. Meanwhile, she’s at Facebook created their own album for them, so they won’t be forgotten.
“I’ve stopped deleting the pictures because even the dogs that aren’t adopted count. They were here in the world,” she said.
“Fought so hard.”
“I have given all dogs a name, for they deserve one too. I have tons of albums and in each album there are about 200 dogs who didn’t make it. That’s a lot of dogs.”
It is difficult to look at the cute dogs, but this makes you realize how many dogs lost their lives because nobody wanted them.
“I had no idea when I started the shelters killing so many dogs. When you work there, you see it first. I think that’s why so many of us work so hard because it’s just not right,” she added.
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