Every morning I wake up to several WhatsAPP messages from people reaching out to me for help with dogs in need. I have said this to friends in my day to day life…” I wish I could say no, and not be affected by the neglect, hunger, sadness and fear these beautiful animals feel. I wish I could turn a blind eye, and my heart and soul not be affected by this day after day. It would be much easier…and less painful. But I can’t. Although I don’t live on the island of Puerto Rico anymore, during my childhood years, I was left with this feeling of wanting to help them. Seeing these helpless animals affected me. It hurt my heart to see sick dogs begging for food and people ignoring them, even kicking them to go away. My grandmother used to save some of them so I grew up getting to know the “abandoned dog”…the hunger, distrust and sadness that lived in them. I also saw their transformation into happiness, trust and unconditional love never forgetting what you mean to them and what you did for them. It’s a feeling I can’t explain but I know it is my happiness and I will continue to do it until the day I am no longer here on this earth.
Part of my mission is to educate. This is about what we do and why we do it. It’s about what should be done when we rescue them so more of them don’t end up in similar situations. I really can’t stand it when I hear uneducated people say “Oh, I can’t cut off his manhood” or “l will let her have just one litter, I will make sure I give the puppies away”. People are not aware of the thousands of animals that don’t have homes. This needs to STOP. Educate …spread the message that pets need to be spayed and neutered to control this problem. A big percentage will multiply and sadly that is worsening the suffering..
The reason I am showing these photos is for awareness of the seriousness of this problem and the need to educate everyone on the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It takes moments for a dog to impregnate another dog. This issue is an endless cycle to the point that even rescues (not mine) find themselves in a situation where they take in a pregnant dog and they must abort the puppies because the overpopulation, even in the rescues, is overwhelming and unaffordable for a non-profit organization. I know this firsthand. It is overwhelming to run a non-profit organization. Rescuing these angels, getting them healthy, helping them to trust and love, either for the first time or once again is a long costly process. It doesn’t happen overnight. We are dealing with cases of puppies that have been abused to dogs that have had to learn to survive on the streets because their owners “dumped” them. Not just dumped, but abused, neglected and then dumped them like trash.
While this work is close to my heart, it is also something I believe is a responsibility we all share as human beings–to protect and nurture the wellbeing of those we share this world with, in any way we can. Whether it’s adopting an animal and welcoming them into your home or helping to raise awareness in our communities of the pressing issues we face in creating a better tomorrow, no effort is too small.