One at a Time: A week in an animal shelter by Diane Leigh and Marilee Geyer During the week this book was written 363 animals passed through the shelter. How did they get there? 249 were brought in lost or stray 97 were surrendered by their guardians 14 were brought in for euthanasia due to illness or old age 3 were taken in under protective custody What became of them? 15 were found and claimed by their families 6 were dead on arrival 6 died after arrival 2 were stolen 2 were transferred to other shelter 215 were adopted to new homes 117 were euthanized "My dream: to witness the birth of a tiny kitten or puppy and not feel sad. To be able to see a litter of newborns as the wondrous creatures that they are, not another potential victim of our society's ignorance. To know that each and every one will find and keep a loving, lifetime home. Will it ever be so?" -Shelter staff member. Could you imagine....working in a shelter and your sole purpose in that shelter is euthanizing 117 dogs a week? Thats about 16 dogs each day. Could you imagine, holding each dog or cat, injecting it with sodium pentobarbital, and gently talking to it while it slowly falls into a subconscious state then dying?? No one should have to make a living this way. No dog should die in a stranger's arm. "Before we can fix our troubled relationship with nature, we must be willing to look at it." -Derrick Jensen "The hope for the animals for tomorrow is to be found in human culture which learns to feel beyond itself. We must learn empathy, we must learn to see into the eyes of an animal and feel that its life has value because it is alive. Nothing less will do." -Kenneth White Now, are you caring? Do you see? An animal shelter is a prison. Alot of the time a death sentence. And most of the time what have they done to deserve this? NOTHING. Absolutely nothing. Who's to blame? We humans, every single one of us. If you have the ability, you have the obligation. Educate yourself, then educate others. Save a life. Whats the first step? Passing this on.