Homelessness Among Animals: The Struggle and The Rescue
Animal homelessness is a persistent issue, even in the most affluent nations. This cause for concern has become more apparent as the population of stray animals, including cats and dogs, continues to grow every day. Despite the existence of animal shelters, it is insufficient to accommodate all of the animals in dire need of a safe haven. Nonetheless, we express our gratitude to the non-profit organizations, groups, and individuals who have stepped forward to reduce the number of stray animals, particularly those living on the streets. Compassionate individuals are employing every available means to address animal homelessness, one rescue at a time.
With the soaring temperatures outdoors, homeless animals are more vulnerable to sickness and starvation. Fortunately, rescue heroes are ubiquitous. Lisa Arturo and Lisa Chiarelli, animal rescuers based in LA, received a call from a concerned citizen who reported a stray dog wandering in their vicinity. Unfortunately, instead of providing the dog with food and water, some locals attempted to drive him away from the neighborhood by hurling rocks at him. This kind of mistreatment is a common issue that many homeless animals face on a daily basis.
Therefore, on a Memorial Day weekend, the two rescuers wasted no time and drove to South Central to rescue the dog from his plight. Upon arriving in the area, their initial plan was to wait for about 20 to 30 minutes until the dog shows up, but it didn’t go as planned. To search for him, they decided to drive around the neighborhood, search through alleys, and ask people if they had seen a homeless dog around.
They searched for approximately five hours but ended up empty-handed, the homeless dog didn’t show up. The determined rescuers called it a day but asked the woman who reported the dog to leave a small blanket on the front porch. Fortunately, the trick worked! The next day, the woman once again spotted the homeless dog lying in the blanket she had left on her front porch. The two rescuers immediately drove to the house where the dog had been seen last.
When they first laid eyes on the poor pup, he appeared to be very frail and unwell, with no more fight left in him. “He just surrendered, he didn’t care,” Lisa said. To them, it seemed as if the dog was communicating, “Do whatever you want with me.” After some time, the dog finally learned to trust his rescuers. The first indication that he was starting to open up to them was when he wagged his tail, a clear sign of happiness. As he received more care and attention, his hair began to grow back and he became even more handsome than before.
Finally, the time had come for him to meet his new adoptive parents. This is the kind of happy ending that every homeless animal deserves. However, it’s not always the case for all of them. In fact, only a small percentage of homeless animals are lucky enough to be rescued, rehabilitated, and adopted. The majority of them continue to struggle on the streets, facing danger, hunger, and loneliness.
The issue of animal homelessness requires a collective effort. As responsible citizens, we can do our part by supporting local animal shelters, adopting instead of buying pets, and reporting cases of animal mistreatment to the authorities. We can also support non-profit organizations and volunteer our time and resources to help rescue animals in need. By working together, we can make a significant impact and improve the lives of countless homeless animals.
In conclusion, animal homelessness is a serious issue that requires our attention and action. We must not turn a blind eye to the struggles that homeless animals face every day. Instead, we must come together as a community and do our part to help them.