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Time for Issues

A Penny for My Thoughts: Americans own 75 million dogs, 90 million cats, 139 million freshwater fish, 48 million small animals and 11 million reptiles, but not all are taken care of.

The United States of America certainly seems to adore their pets. The pet industry is alive and blooming. In 2009, we spent 45.4 billion dollars on food, supplies, veterinary care, live animal purchases, and grooming/boarding. That's BILLIONS folks. Wow!

The general population states that companionship, love and affection are the reason behind owning 75 Million DOGS, 90 Million CATS, 139 Million Freshwater FISH, 48 Million Small ANIMALS, and 11 Million REPTILES.

Wow again! Looking at those statistics, some may say that it shows that America takes good care of their critters. Some may say that we need to get our priorities in line- after all, there is abject poverty in this country. And, others may ask, "What about ALL the abandoned and abused animals?"  Commenting on these causes could easily fill the pages of a book.

I suppose that I must simply say that some people do respect and nurture their animals and that some people do a poor, if not cruel job. And, yes, poverty is not justifiable nor without extreme merit. It is painful and abhorrent. Let's make sure that our BILLIONS of dollars are going to care for the many needs we have in the United States. Can't we approach both 'people' and 'animal' issues and give them the time and effort that it will take to see changes? After all, we say we are a compassionate, empathetic and resourceful society. Let's put our $$$$$$ where our mouths are.

"Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring and integrity, they think of you."
   ~ H. Jackson Brown, Jr. ~

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Steven DeVaux December 07, 2012 at 10:46 PM
...and without any recognition Kathy. Nothing in return. Pretty simple. I agree.
Leslie Yager December 08, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Hard to reconcile how our society is okay with euthanizing millions of unwanted animals ( and puppy mills and pit bulls bred for dog fight rings) yet the lucky dogs are family members, fly in jets, live in mansions, eat from fine china.... okay I'm exaggerating. But this contradiction stays with me. Where's the outrage?
Steven DeVaux December 08, 2012 at 05:05 AM
The First Selectman has flat out said he doesn't want a pet play area behind town hall by him next to where kids come to play. Family orientated, no?
Leslie Yager December 09, 2012 at 09:18 PM
I stopped to watch about 100 dogs playing on the beach today in Greenwich. They were all in heaven. All dogs should have a place they can play outside.
Kathleen Gemmell December 09, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Thank you Leslie...that touches me. Oh, let's continue to help the caged, the ill and the sad dogs we see in Puppy Mills...they never run on a beach. Ah my.
Susan Balla December 11, 2012 at 03:37 AM
I remember not so long ago that dog owners wanted to have a dog run in Happy Landings. I know it go voted down but I do believe people need to find a place to have their dogs run free but in a confined area where they will not bother people. And as far as the puppy mills when people stop asking for a certain kind of dog or off the side breaders you will continue to have puppy mills. I for one cannot understand why people need a pure bread unless they are in competition. The mutts are more intelligent.

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