With Christmas 2011 behind us, many of us will reflect on joyful times with family (including our pets), relaxation, some good food and nice presents. These are some wonderful memories. Unfortunately, this holiday season there are some who won’t remember happy times during the holidays because of some startling and heartbreaking stories about our furry four-legged friends and the people who are supposed to take care of them. I don’t like to think or write about these stories. I do believe that it is important that people know what is happening to helpless animals, so that in the future, maybe some of them can be spared the cruel treatment that they have received at the hands of someone who shouldn’t even be allowed around animals. Even with all the education about animal welfare, the problem persists.
The Oregon Humane Society released a report on December 21st, reminding us of the Portland man who brutally killed a 3 month old puppy by beating and kicking him and then throwing him in the garbage. The good news in this report is that this man will not be able to own domestic animals for 15 years. Although he pleased ‘no contest’ to felony animal abuse, he was also sentenced to five days in jail, two years of probation, 80 hours of community service for his unnecessary cruelty.
On December 22, 45 year old Shellie L. Hubbard of Portland, Oregon, was arrested for allegedly throwing her boyfriend’s dog into traffic on I-205 where the dog was struck and killed as he tried to make it back to the vehicle. According to the story in the Colombian, an argument preceded Hubbard’s malicious action. She is being charged with first-degree animal cruelty and her bond was set at $20,000.
And then there is poor Bella, the Border collie mix who somehow survived the day in early December that her owner fatally shot his wife, her twin sister and then set the house on fire. The Columbian article reported that there were several animals in the Washougal house at the time of the tragedy. Some escaped and some perished in the fire. Fortunately for Bella, she found a family who is willing to give her a better life. Hopefully the one she deserves. These stories are heart wrenching. So, I want to try to balance it out by telling you some of the good things that are going on for pets and their people.
The Humane Society for Southwest Washington of course works very hard to find homes for animals, provides education to youth and adults about animal welfare and has a host of fun events throughout the year to helps support the shelter. There are many ways you can participate, donations of many kinds, volunteering for the humane society and even shopping at one of their Paws-N-Claws Thrift Stores
Check out Spot Magazine for many pet related activities, adoptable pets, informational articles about pet related businesses in the Portland /Vancouver area, fun pet related contests, and much more. Spot Magazine’s goal is to ‘provide pet guardians and animal lovers a one-stop resource for information, ideas and events of interest.
The Oregon Humane Society like the aforementioned organizations is dedicated to helping animals and educating people. They website is a rich place to find out about adopting pets, animal related news and events. Check out this cute OHS video of the animals saying ‘thank you’ this holiday season.
All of these organizations can use our financial and in-kind donations to continue to do the hard work they do for animals and people.
Maybe someday, those who choose to be cruel to animals and people will realize the great hurt they are causing and the loss they are experiencing in so many facets of their lives because of their poor choices. I dream of a day when all people will realize the enormous benefits owning, caring for, and loving an animal will bring and they will seek to heal their lives with the support of their animal and people friends rather than hurt them.
I want to leave you with some cute and funny pet videos. If you have any great animal videos to share, please leave the web address in the comment section below.
“I Love You”
People Magazine’s Best of 2011-Best Animal Videos