After hearing about Willow and the plans the shelter had to euthanize her, I was heartbroken. I called the Wythe Co board of directors president to ask for more information – and he gave me the best news: They agreed to release Willow to the Mid-Atlantic Jack Russell Rescue!
Willow is now safe, being cared for and fed and ready to have her babies.
I’m so thankful there are people out there who care enough to fight for dogs like Willow. But this brings up a disturbing reality at shelters – especially in rural areas like Wythe Co.
Why was it so easy for the shelter to unanimously vote to euthanize her? Why did it take a firestorm of animal advocates asking for them to reconsider?
Shelters are in the business of saving animals. I know the cards are often stacked against them, they have little funding, too many animals and not enough people adopting. But it is upsetting that Willow was set to die – for killing a chicken. For being a dog. If the animal advocates didn’t speak up – we never would have known about Willow or her puppies.
So the next time you think – that’s not my business, or someone else will do something… Stop. Do something. See a dog in distress – locked in someone’s car? Do something. See a dog chained up outside a home with no food or water? Call the humane society. Hear something that just doesn’t seem right? Speak up. You may be the only one who does.
“Never doubt that a small group of dedicated people can make a difference. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead