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If we don't help them who will?

Abby was found by an animal control officer tangled up and choking from the heavy chain around her neck.   She arrived at the Lynchburg Humane Society very afraid of everyone.    There are few things worse than seeing a dog who has not had any positive contact from the humans in her life.   She obviously lived outside on a chain for the first year of her life.   We vaccinated and treated her for minor medical issues and the staff began working with her to help her realize just how wonderful people can be.   Tiny kisses to faces and wiggling all over is now how she greets people rather than shrinking in fear.   She was adopted by a wonderful couple and is living her life as a family member rather than just a chained up, back yard dog.   If we don’t help them who will?   Tanya like so many other cats in our shelter, got a virus due to stress, lack of immunities as a young kitten and the improper air handling systems that exist in our shelter. With Tanya, the virus affected

When you know better you do better...

I want to first give warning that this is a tough love blog post brought on by some recent events but it is an effort to hopefully open some eyes and make people think.   I also want to make it clear that this blog is directed to SOME, NOT ALL groups and not to the good people of our community trying hard every day to help the animals.   This is the first in a series of blogs I am going to do around this topic on “start trusting people”, in hopes of making people think.  When you know better you do better…. This is one of my favorite quotes because it embodies my career in this field.   I have learned so much over the 12 years in animal welfare.  I learn something new all the time because this field is ever changing or there is a new fresh idea to use, you name it things change.    So it struck me recently, at which point did animal welfare organizations decide it was better to kill pets rather than trust people?   I know it seems like a very severe statement but in my mi