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  A Million Left Behinds A Year
by Mr. Ed
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
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“Feral dogs are the untouchables; they are the ones who ‘belong’ to no one.

They are the hold-outs: the animals the under-funded pounds cannot catch,

And the now over-burdened humane societies cannot deal with,

The ones rescuers can no longer convince to trust any human again.

 

They colonize whatever neighborhoods afford them the best shelter,

The most food, and the least amount of contact with human beings.

They now exist, like genetic castaways, in the evolutionary

No-man's-land between domesticity and wildness.

They are completely and utterly, alone.”

 

Randy Grim,

St. Louis Stray Dog Rescue

 

 

Our efforts to rescue Shadow continue

And today, it is a tragic race against time

We now have an ‘Epidemic of Feral Canines’

Yet another of our abysmal modern day crimes

 

I first came across these feral packs of dogs

After Hurricane Katrina, down in New Orleans

The dogs we sadly did not rescue after the storm

Eventually became feral, on those streets so mean

 

Ninety percent of those ‘left behinds’ were not spayed or neutered

To survive, they formed packs and they invaded abandoned homes

They started families, and they no longer trusted we human beings

Today, so very sadly, they and their numerous offspring, still roam

 

It is estimated that a million dogs are now being dumped every year

All across this callous nation of ours, in rural areas, cities, and towns

And, they and their offspring, are now treated like their wild brethren

Like the wolves today, they are rounded up, poisoned, and shot down

 

It is estimated that 50,000 abandoned dogs now roam the streets of Detroit

Down in Houston, people cruelly dump their dogs in ‘The Corridor of Death’

These starving dogs now roam the streets of L.A., Pittsburgh, and Cleveland

And in Chicago, I sadly know we haven’t seen the worst of abandonment yet

 

The longer an abandoned dog like Shadow remains out on the street

The greater chance he will join a feral pack, and become 'unadoptable'

Yet another horrific tragedy, caused by our growing cruelty and callousness

My sadness increases daily, seeing what we do to our pets and wild animals

 

Nearly all the street animals we rescue today are not spayed or neutered

So called ‘animal lovers’ don’t get it, or they very callously just don’t care

And so many ignorant people, are still buying their dogs from Puppy Mills

While thousands of starving, unwanted, puppies, are being born out there

 

 

©April 2012, Mr. Ed

 

 

 

  


 


 

        


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Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 4/28/2012
A "Shadow" in signs of sadness!!!!
Blessings *Mr Ed* seeking to save!!!!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 4/25/2012
The wolf packs are returning, but the conditions are horrible. Patrick
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 4/25/2012
This is always so heart-wrenching. How anyone can abandon, mistreat, or harm anyone of God's creatures never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for this reminder Mr. Ed, I do hope many pay attention and if they see this abuse and mistreatment they quickly intervene and turn them over to the authorities. I do

Love and Light
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 4/24/2012
My helper found one at her house this week. She can't care for it, but hopefully, it will be adoptable. She says it's quite fearful, though, and emaciated.

Ron
Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 4/24/2012
I couldn't believe the numbers you mentioned! Luckily in Hawaii there aren't any dogs as you've mentioned but we do have cats out in the woods, campgrounds and certain beaches ... Such a sad poem indeed ...
Reviewed by Mary Ann Biddinger 4/24/2012
Ohh, Myy, for all the mistreatment of animals I am so sad.
Shadow you are in my heart.
Lady Mary Ann
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/24/2012
And more breeders and puppy mills are opening every day, you'd think the people making the laws would close them down instantly, wouldn't you. Bless ya!
Reviewed by jude forese 4/24/2012
i think i may have mentioned this before but thankfully NYC takes care of its strays ... there aren't any ...
Reviewed by Laura Fall 4/24/2012
Oh my so sad, as always a truly touching and very meaningful write Laura
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 4/24/2012
Far too many tragic stories like Shadow's! I do hope he comes to you, Ed! I'm sending positive energy his way.....

Anna
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/24/2012
God knows I've tried to adopt & I've tried to foster, but these societies that do that sort of thing don't seem to want help from people who have no fenced yards as well when they live in the confines of motorhomes, like me...I have just about given up...e
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 4/24/2012
timely, needed, poignant


ghandi was right,
m
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/24/2012
It is s shame that people don't take the responsibilities of their pets. It is downright cruel what they do..

Rose

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Where The Redwing Sings

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My Dog Is My Hero

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Curious Creatures - Wondrous Waifs, My Life with Animals

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Through Katrina's Eyes, Poems from an Animal Rescuer's Soul

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Cemetery Island

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Gold River Canyon

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Mystery of Madera Canyon

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