Each month thousands of unwanted dogs (and cats) are killed, having been brought to shelters by those who are unable to keep them for various reasons, or after they have been rescued from dire circumstances, yet were not able to be re-homed. The lucky ones are taken to shelters that have a no-kill policy, or they are rescued by organisations that believe every life counts.
Many of these rescued animals subsequently spend most of their lives in shelters or rescue-camps, unwanted and forgotten, because they are not the right breed, not pretty enough, they are amputees, or there is some other physical feature or disfigurement (usually inflicted by a person), that doesn’t fit the humans’ idea of doggy or cat perfection.
Breeders conduct thriving businesses while on the opposite end of the fulcrum lives are being snuffed-out senselessly. What is not (made) common knowledge, is that many dogs kept for breeding also live miserable, pitiful lives. They are confined in small cages, their paws never get to feel the grass and their little faces don’t know what sunlight is. They are breeding machines, viewed as objects, not as sentient beings.
Once too old, sickly or unable to produce anymore, they are killed or dumped at shelters or animal welfare organisations, where they too become THE FORGOTTEN ONES. If a person absolutely must obtain a pet from a breeder, (questionable, when the shelters are over flowing), the very least one can do is ask to see both the parents of the puppy (or kitten) being considered, to try and ensure that they are not supporting a puppy-mill. You should never acquire an animal via on-line trading.
THE FORGOTTEN ONES campaign assists in finding homes for these dogs who have been without loving homes, some for many years, and who truly deserve a second chance. They are not unwanted because they are bad dogs, they are unwanted because humans have failed them!
For each dog adopted via this platform, we will sponsor 1 sterilization – therefore 2 animals will benefit from 1 adoption. Using the formula that 1 female can be the root / beginning of 67,000 new dogs in a period of 6 years, sterilizing 2 dogs for each adopted dog that is profiled, means that together with the help of our owners and residents, we will have stopped a possible 268,000 unwanted animals from coming into this world.
Remember that no matter how much somebody loves you, there is a dog (or cat) out there somewhere that will love you more. #AdoptDontShop!
To meet these dogs or to sponsor a sterilization or kennel, or to enquire how to become more involved with this organisation, please contact them directly:
PETS – Pet Empowerment in Townships, contact Glenda Pickering at firstname.lastname@example.org or 082 901 0763.
Should you adopt a dog that we feature (please note that home checks and an application process apply to safe guard the dogs), kindly advise PETS of the source so that we can sponsor the sterilization.