Whenever we have to let go of our beloved pets, the pain is unbearable. In fact, the emotions overwhelm us so much, we forget about the rest of the world. And that’s only natural. But many times, there’s someone sharing the hurt. In the cases of euthanasia, for example, it’s the carrier of death. Recently, Brenda Gough from Burford, Ontario penned an emotional Facebook post, explaining how the vets feel when pushing the needle into our little buddies, taking them to the other side.
Brenda’s honesty is vivid in every word of the text, which has already received over 112K reactions and 123K shares. And while it can’t bring back our pets, knowing that there’s somebody who’s going through the crushing experience with you might just make it a little bit easier.
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As difficult as this topic is, it has a brighter side. Every year, 6.5 million animals enter U.S. animal shelters – 3.3 million dogs and 3.2 million cats. Also, 1.5 million shelter animals are euthanized every year (670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats). And even though this number can seem shockingly high, it actually has been declining. For example, back in 2012, the total figure was 2.6 million while in 2009, it was 3.7 million. During the 1970s, the number of cats and dogs euthanized in the U.S. stood even higher – at over 20 million.
Since then, large-scale activism, industry professionalization and shifting cultural attitudes have helped limit euthanasia, The New York Times said. “Society is no longer willing to say, ‘Well, there’s just too many animals and not enough homes,” Richard Avanzino, a longtime activist known as the father of the “no-kill” movement, stated.
“Rescuing an animal has become a badge of honor,” said Matt Bershadker, the president and chief executive of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “People proudly go to dog parks and walk around their neighborhoods talking about the animal that they rescued from a shelter.”
Here’s how people reacted to the emotional post