(Among them are Kim Clune, Amy Burkert, Peggy Frezon and our very own Vicki Cook of Bunny's Blog, to name a few!)
This year, there is a collective push to promote a worldwide event on July 23, rallying bloggers around the need for dog rescue.
Why is there such a great need for dog - and cat! - rescue? A recent story on NPR revealed that the abandonment of the family pet has become almost epidemic in Europe during the summer months. This is the time when many families leave their homes for a summer break that often lasts a month or longer.
NPR reported than an estimated 100,000 pets are abandoned each summer in France alone, by people who either won't take their pet with them or refuse to arrange for proper care while the pets remain back home.
Claire Brissard, who runs a shelter in Chamarande, France (45 minutes outside of Paris) told NPR, "Too many people think a pet is like a stuffed animal that can be thrown away when they're tired of it."
Bringing a pet into a shelter, though, is at least less cruel than abandoning the family pet to a life of outdoor survival.
Ask Amy of Sebastian the Sensitive Soul, who years ago, found herself the horrified witness to a neighbor who heartlessly dumped their cat outside, emptied an entire bag of kibble onto the driveway, loaded up the kids and drive off for vacation. They were gone over a week.
People who consider this type of behavior to be acceptable need to be re-educated. And local legislation needs to be passed that will allow citations for animal cruelty upon abandonment.
|photo courtesy Mink (flickr) via Creative Commons|
Be the change in your neighborhood.
If you see such behavior occur, call your local animal welfare agencies and ask about legal policies in your area - and if your neighbor can be ticketed for abandonment.
At the very least, look out for this poor abandoned animal.
If it has indeed been abandoned, perhaps you can find it in your heart to take him into your own home.
Or find a rescue group or no-kill shelter in your area that will find the abandoned pet a new loving, caring forever family.