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Featured Shelter: Blue Sky Dog Rescue

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Dog Blog: Pitbull Photo

At lunch time yesterday, I was scrolling through Facebook on my phone (typical) and I came across an alarming photograph. When I first saw the photo…I couldn’t even tell what was in the picture, which forced me to look even harder and follow the link. What I saw ruined my appetite to say the least. In fact, I was hung up on this photo all day…and mad that I had even looked at it

So what was this photo? Well for starters it was linked to a Facebook page that raises positive awareness for pitbulls – something I strongly support. However, in doing this they posted photos of pitbulls that have been harmed because of people. The caption on this particular picture said something along the lines of, “This is what happens when humans stop caring for animals. The chain the dog is on actually weighs more than the dog. He is covered in 4 layers of maggots. And he was alive when they found him this way – blind, deaf, unable to move. They quickly gave him a shot that ended his life because of the pain that he was enduring.” I’m not going to link to the picture, because I can’t get it out of my head (and if my readers are interested in seeing, a quick Google search I’m sure will point you in the right direction.)

I was telling me husband about this picture and how I wasn’t so sure that it was a good idea for people to be posting photos like that on Facebook. Then, it hit me. Here I am, hung up on this photo, almost 24 hours later. Maybe it was a good thing to post the photo. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard, “I don’t abuse my dog, why should I have to see the photos, sad commercials, etc.?” Because turning your head to the horrible things that so many animals endure in this world doesn’t make the problem go away. Do I wish I didn’t see that particular picture? Maybe. But it has motivated far more than anything else I’ve ever seen I’d say. It’s made me want to help even more. In fact, last night I wrote in to our local shelter asking what supplies they needed and I offered to do research on automatic payments to help them bring in more money. If one picture can ignite the spark inside of me, who’s to say that it won’t do the same for someone else?

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