Friday, June 12, 2009
Inspired by solidarity of animal lovers!
All of us here at NMHPU are recovering from Strut Your Mutt. I don't want to make it sound like Strut Your Mutt is in any way an infliction; in fact I feel deeply honored to be a part of this amazing event. It is simply very tiring.....very gratifying and very tiring. 2,502 people registered for the event this year, record attendance! This year, I found myself up on the hill, doing crowd control, at the start of the walk....it was there I saw the start.....
a veritable sea of people and their pooches making their way around the park, it literally took my breath away to witness such solidarity.
In that moment I knew that we can end the tragedy of pet overpopulation, that we will end killing animals as a way to reduce their numbers.
Killing animals as a means to control their populations is the number one cause of death of cats and dogs in this country. I know people are no longer complacent to view this as a necessary tragedy, people know that we CAN stop the killing and people are demanding of their governments to support life-saving sheltering measures in their communities. We all must do our part: individuals, government, private agencies, corporate partners, shelters, and veterinarians. No one entity has the power to stop the killing alone and yet as No More Homeless Pets in Utah and others have proven, one person, one entity, one agency CAN make great strides towards the day in which there will truly be No More Homeless Pets in Utah.