Yesterday I paid a visit to the Humane Society (www.hsus.org) here in Omaha. It is only approximately 1 mile from where I live. I needed to go there in order to renew pet licenses for my cats for the year. It's always a very bittersweet trip into that building. I have very mixed emotions when I see animals in each their own kennel without homes. Don't get me wrong. I'm thankful that there are institutions that will house and feed and take very good care of helpless cats and dogs... through no fault of their own. And in case you were not aware, most times these facilities are run purely on donation and volunteers who take time from their own lives to help take care of these homeless pets. But on the other side of the fence, it's sad to see them with such wanting in their faces. They're just waiting for someone to come over and pet them or talk to them. Even an occasional scratch behind the ears or a simple pat on the head. And if you look closely enough, you'll see genuine sadness deep in their eyes....more so as you walk away from them again.
Attached to each cage door or window is a sign. On the signs you'll find information for each respective animal. It has their name (if known), age, breed and what kind of home would be best suited for that particular animal. It also states the reason the animal was brought to the facility and just exactly how long the Humane Society has been their home. I saw some pets that were taken there because the former owners had health issues and could no longer take care of them. Or another instance would be that they were found injured by some nice soul and brought there for healing. And of course, there is always a handful of cases where the animals have been mistreated by the owners. And humans are often referred to as the "Humane Race." It amazes me how people can treat others, including animals. Regardless of whether that animal has a good self-defense system or not. UNACCEPTABLE!!!!!
I encourage anyone that reads this post to browse the humane society web site. It's very interesting to say the least. Even if you don't have pets, or can't have pets, donations are always welcome there. These facilities are what keeps the animals from roaming the streets. It also gives our "Humane Society" an opportunity to get acquainted with an animal that they may have in interest in adopting. And if you, as an individual, decide to actually adopt a particular pet, that animal will never let you forget just how much your love for them is appreciated! I for one, as a future home-owner, plan on adopting a dog! I can't wait for that beloved day!