Sunday, December 6, 2009
My daughter started her community service this weekend. She got caught shoplifting and was ordered to work 10 hours and pay a fine or work 30 hours and not owe a fine. She begged me to pay the fine for her. I didn't steal anything. Why should I pay the fine? No.
She's cleaning cages at one of the local animal shelters. She told me the first room they had her work in was full of the sick dogs. One of the cages had 2 puppies. Puppy number 1 was asleep, and puppy number 2 was cuddled up next to him. At first she thought "it was so cute because he was like saying, ' I love my brother. I'm going to snuggle with him.' " Then she realized puppy number 1 wasn't sleeping. When they took him out of the cage, puppy number 2 started whimpering. She was heartbroken.
I wish I could go to the shelter and rescue all of the animals. My two cats are rescues from the SPCA. The next time you are looking for a pet, please check out your local shelter instead of the pet store. Even if you are looking for a specific breed, please don't visit the pet shops. Those animals are not healthy. They come from puppy mills. Go to http://www.petfinder.com/index.html to find animals available in your area, including the re-homing groups for specific breeds.