With the Olympics upon us, patriotism and team spirit have been in abundance. Teams battle for gold medals, or any medal for that matter. However, I’m going to have a mini soapbox here. My newsfeed has been blowing up this past week about the Sochi dogs being murdered, and my biggest question has been, why has it taken this long to do something about rescuing these poor dogs? They’ve probably been freezing and starving to death for years, and now people are finally doing something about it? Different cultures have their own ways of dealing with problems, and they have different views on animals, I recognize that. These terrible things are going on all the time, but we need to fix the problems before they get this bad and not have to take such drastic measures after there are hundreds of homeless dogs on the streets.
We as animal lovers should always be taking steps to protect animals, not just when something terrible is going to happen. Too many tragic stories of, “This animal is on a kill list in a shelter and is about to be euthanized, so please adopt it before it gets put down!” circulate on the Internet, when in reality we should be focusing on responsible pet ownership in the first place. Making sure to always talk to clients about spaying and neutering to prevent overpopulation and unwanted pets from mating accidents is essential to veterinary medicine. Informing people before they get a pet about the time, money and energy involved in owning a pet goes a long way to keep down the levels of pets set free on the streets. It’s really a sad thing to hear about tragic ends and drastic measures being taken when the problems could have been prevented in the first place.