This month’s Pets of Iron Knights post isn’t about a single pet in particular, instead it’s about all of them. This month’s post is to raise awareness on the subject of worldwide animal homelessness.
4 million animals are put to death in shelters around the country every year because families getting a pet weren’t ready for the responsibility. They die alone and afraid, never knowing the mistake they made that lead them to their fate, and left by the families who have abandoned them because it was convenient. The world is currently captivated by acts of heroism on the big screen by people like Captain America, Iron Man, and the rest of the Avengers. The acts of these fictitious heroes that many now idolize boil down to one thing alone. Heroes save lives. Be a hero and save the life of a shelter pet by adopting.
“My family brought me home, all cradled in their arms. They cuddled me and smiled at me and said I was full of charm. They played with me and laughed with me and showered me with toys. I sure did love my family, especially the little girls and boys.”
“The children loved to feed me; they gave me special treats. They even let me sleep with them – all snuggled in the sheets. I used to go for walks, often several times a day. They even fought to hold the leash, I’m very proud to say.”
“These are the things I’ll not forget – a cherished memory. Now that I’m in the shelter – without my family. They used to laugh and praise me when I played with that old shoe. But I didn’t know the difference between the old one and the new.”
“The kids and I would grab a rag, for hours we would tug. So I thought I did the right thing when I chewed the bedroom rug. They said that I was out of control, and would have to live outside. This I didn’t understand, although I tried and tried.”
“The walks stopped, one by one, they said they hadn’t time. I wish that I could change things; I wish I knew my crime. My life became so lonely in the backyard, on a chain. I barked and barked all day long to keep from going insane.”
“So they brought me to the shelter but were embarrassed to say why. They said I caused an allergy, and then they each kissed me goodbye. If I’d only had some training when I was a little pup, I wouldn’t have been so hard to handle when I was all grown up.”
“‘You only have one day left, I heard the worker say. Does that mean I have a second chance? Do I go home today?”