On my facebook page I came across the following, from ACE, and knew I had to share it here. Spreading this message is very important.
“I died today.”
You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am now in a black plastic bag in a landfill. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge.
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get me puppy toys.
Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all! There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door.
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days.
Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying, “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here, I’m here! I want to be your best friend!”
Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how.
Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me.
I died today. Love, Your Puppy.
Remember, the animal you bring into your life is a living, breathing, reasoning, understanding creature who bleeds the same blood you bleed, feels the same things you feel, and needs the same things you need. This isn’t just an animal. This is a sentient being, worthy every good thing you could want for yourself. This is not a toy, or inanimate object to be minimized, abused, or shunted around like worthless garbage. What you do to this creature determines the kind of human being you are. There is a higher power, and you are being judged. How will you measure up?
Share this with everyone you know, especially those who don’t get that there’s no such thing as “just an animal”. Be the voice of the voiceless.