Too many dogs?
Posted by anahidscv at 09/18/2013
I am in a situation. I have two german shepherds which I adore and I saved a puppy from the shelter back in July. Although I feel good, I can't get my mind off of the ones at the shelter on death row. I came across another puppy there at this moment and want to save her but I have no time and space for the 4th dog. I feel so aweful and feel terrible leaving her there. I also feel extremely sad to visit the shelter seeing so many wonderful animals in cages that will die. I work 9 hours a day with every other friday off, and don't have the time for a 4th dog. What do I do? I feel that once I bring another one, I will lack the care and attention the others deserve. I am told by my family that I can't save them all! Help.
Don't go to the shelter, don't think about all those in the shelter. Focus on moving society forward and moving yourself forward. You are not a "superhero" nobody is not even if you burned every slaughterhouse and liberated every lab because the only way to end this is to change the society which we as destructive selfish humyn beings created. Part of that is not only working towards animal rights and liberation but also towards voluntary humyn extinction. If we make animal exploitation less profitable we can make some decent changes at the very least.
You will be a far better activist for the animals, if you work for all of them and not try and limit yourself. It is hard, very very very hard but you need to do it because ALL ANIMALS NEED YOU! Focus on the facts and use emotion carefully and sparingly. If we look like sane rational people and make the industries that exploit animals look crazy and horrible, we can have more victory.
You have a very bright daughter!
Worldly Wags10/23/2013 03:37:06
My suggestion would be instead of visiting the shelter, volunteer there! You would be surprised at how rewarding it feels to actually take an active step in helping the dogs and can relieve some of the pressure you feel to take them all home. If you continue to feel severely impacted then try finding a different way to help them. (Running an adoption website and promoting that, or doing less dog-intensive work for a shelter are a couple of ideas, but you can get very creative!)
Being an advocate for animals is one of the toughest passions out there, its perfectly normal to become impacted by the work! Even the hardest, longest working animal welfare folks break down sometimes, so don't beat yourself up too much! Just try to figure out something you can do which won't burn you out :)
Hope this helped!
You can also try fostering the dog to see if it works out for you, or at least to get it out of there. By doing this, you will only have temporary discomfort, and the animal will be in a much better place. It may not get fully attached to you, anyways, if it finds a permanent home fast enough. It'll also increase the animal's chances of adoption, since you can tell your friends and family about how great it behaves in the home and you'll be able to take it out in public (even if just your neighbors know about it).
The Hammer06/19/2014 00:24:55
Instead of focusing on things you simply never ever can achieve (adopting ALL the dogs in that animal shelter, and feeling sad and guilty about it, you better focus on what you achieved and waht was in your limits; adopting several dogs.
Seen it with people, they had the world on their shoulders and feel sad and frustrated 24-7 for the things they can NOT do and eventually in the end just gave it all up.
Better focus on what you practically can do and celebrate anything you have achieved.