Editor’s Note: Talking about topics that he is passionate about—animal rescue and writing—Jack McPadden seems wise beyond his 11 years. Jack sent Pet News and Views an e-mail asking if he could guest post. I get a fair number of people asking to guest. Jack’s e-mail stood out.
He wrote: “I am eleven years old and completely blind; this does not stop me the least bit when it comes to my passion—animals, mostly dogs.” Following is Jack’s article on the importance of rescuing dogs:
By Guest Blogger Jack McPadden for Pet News and Views
“Woof! Woof!” Many of us don’t hear the call, but it rings through the air daily. It is the dogs pleading for help, begging for our support. They amble the city streets teeming with cars. Others roam the dangerous woods of the infinite countryside. No matter where, these vagrant dogs are in need of our mercy. It’s high time that we intervene, feel what they do, and, as a community, come together to rescue.
Many people are deaf to the call of vulnerable animals. You may drive by a stray and think nothing of it, as it is deemed everyday life. It seems the way of the world. Yet, when you take the time to empathize what those dogs are feeling as the car whizzes by, it sinks in.
What would you do if you saw a child standing in the middle of a road? You’d get out and help them. Sadly, this is not the case with many people and dogs. Cars swerve to avoid the animals and keep on going, not thinking about what hope the dog just lost.
The reality is dogs need human companions for their well-being. We feed and care for our pets. Likewise, humans need dogs; they comfort us, bring us much joy, and, most importantly, save lives.
The puppy mills defeat the efforts of compassionate people who take in dogs that have been horribly exploited. At these retched dog factories, the animals are bred in the most vulgar conditions. All of those dogs are unbelievably malnourished and sleep restlessly. We need to rescue the dogs that need us, not neglect them. This is simply giving back to the dogs who have saved our lives. We need to do our share.
So, next time you want to get a dog, go to a shelter, a foster home, search the streets, and for Pete’s sake, DON’T BUY FROM A PUPPY MILL!
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to help the needy animals that linger along the streets. Please, make a difference. Next time you see a stray or a lost dog, don’t avoid them, help them. If they are lost, bring them back home. If they are a stray, don’t leave them by the side of the street just because you are allergic. Find somebody who can properly care for them.
Jack McPadden lives with a four-year old dog named Dallas. He volunteers with a neighbor who rescues dogs, and also volunteers as a dog trainer. He walks, feeds, exercises, and trains his neighbors’ dogs.
Jack is writing a book with his aunt. “In the book,” he says, “I go to live with my aunt to help her with her organization that fosters dogs. My objective is to raise awareness regarding the fact that the dogs depend on us and are waiting for us to help them. It will also express what a dog can do for a human, both physically and psychologically.”
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