Okay, everyone, I'm a little annoyed, so I'm going to go on my soapbox for a moment:
See this guy?:
I found him playing in traffic on the street in front of where I work. He had a collar that was on way too tight, but no tag. He also hadn't been micro-chipped. So, I had no way of getting him back to his owners.
LESSON NUMBER ONE: If you fail to tag or microchip your dog, your dog will not be returned to you, genius! Your dog cannot tell me where he lives. A microchip is only about thirty bucks, and if this dog had been given one, I would have taken him home instead of to the animal shelter.
So, because he was starving and in very real danger of getting run over, I took him to the animal shelter. On the way there, he lay his head in my lap, stopping only to lick my face at a traffic stop. Once I got there, I was greeted with a sign that said:
OUR DOG AND CAT ADOPTION PROGRAMS ARE FULL. IT IS LIKELY THAT YOUR ANIMAL WILL BE EUTHANIZED IMMEDIATELY.
So, this awesome dog, who trusted me and spent the twenty-minute drive over to the shelter loving on me and thanking me for being such a great pal, is most likely dead at this point. When I dropped him off, he clawed at the door and howled at me through the glass, so I get to carry the guilt of that around for... oh, I don't know, the rest of my life.
Why didn't I keep him? Because I'm already at the legal limit, and the city will prosecute me for animal hoarding if I go beyond it. Sooooo...
LESSON NUMBER TWO: Get your pet spayed or neutered. Having a littler of puppies or kittens to show your children the miracle of life is teaching them a horrible lesson. Even if you find homes for them, you are taking a potential home away from an unwanted animal. As long as there is even ONE animal at a shelter, you have no right to add to the overpopulation problem. None. NONE!!!
In short, people, earn your spot at the top of the food chain and show some responsibility. These animals are suffering and dying (in Tulsa, the report is that upwards of thirty.... yes THIRTY animals a day are being killed). If you are really an animal lover, love all animals and quit putting people like me through days like that.
Sorry... nothing funny today. I don't want anything to distract from this message. Be glad that I didn't show a video I was considering. We'll get back to it tomorrow.