The Tragedy of Homeless Animals

A perfect introduction to the plight of homeless animals which has become a global tragedy is the incredible story of,Daisy-the little pup who believed. One of the most heart-warming stories of a sweet little dog you will ever see.  Skillfully filmed with a hauntingly beautiful song by Josh Groban. There are millions of Daisys out there desperately waiting to be rescued, saved; from the cold, from starvation, from pain and cruelty. All they want is to be loved.  

Equally as compelling is a poignant true story about, Sonya, the Dog Who was rescued. 

The number of homeless animals, mostly dogs and cats, is estimated by Cesar Millan, to be approximately 600 million in the world. That is a staggering number and it is completely unnecessary considering that this overwhelming problem can actually be dramatically decreased and eventually eliminated by human beings, here and in the rest of the world.

The suffering and misery that these poor animals experience every day all of their lives, is appalling, and it is up to us to aggressively seek all the possible solutions that exist. It is NOT an impossible goal, and it is unacceptable to disregard the awesome toll it takes on these living beings who live in constant despair.  It is a given that most people know that animals are capable of experiencing; fear, joy, sadness, depression, and loneliness, and that they and suffer  rejection and anger towards them from cruel people who do not for one moment consider their plight. Spaying and neutering animals is an obligation that is far from being the norm yet in America, but in most countries outside our borders, spay neuter programs are in their earliest stages, or hardly practiced at all. The heinous methods to control numbers homeless animals around the world are outrageous. There are many countries that just poison homeless animals, shooting them is also common, as is hanging and starving them to death. This is unconscionable in any civilized society. Spaying and neutering animals, adopting them from shelters, fostering animals until they find a home, donating money or food to shelters that are in need, advocating to friends and neighbors about their plight, and urging politicians and elected officials to establish and enforce animal cruelty laws as well as mandate, spay and neuter regulations for all their citizens, are all powerful and positive efforts that people can easily undertake. Until then, these poor forsaken creatures will continue to live in misery and millions will die from traffic accidents, diseases, and injuries from deliberate cruelty, as well as starving to death, freezing to death and dying in the scorching heat from dehydration. This is on all of our consciences. Doing nothing, means you approve, you accept these atrocities. That must never be the case that there is so little compassion in our hearts. There are varying statistics, but between 5 and 7 million animals are killed in shelters in America every year, because; people do not spay or neuter them, because they let them roam freely outside to produce more and more unwanted animals, because the quality of care is lacking so animals get lost, people abandon them when they get sick or have puppies or kittens, or some people just move out of state or to a place that doesn’t allow animals, so they end up at a shelter. Elderly people often do not provide instructions in their will regarding their animals, when they pass away, so they, too end up in shelters.

It is a myth that you can’t find a quality dog or cat at a shelter, because the selection is astounding. Most shelters have ample pedigreed animals as well to choose from. The way to really help your animal kin is to never buy from a pet shop or breeder, but go to a shelter to adopt, thus saving a life, because most shelters are not no-kill shelters. The variety of animals, breeds, sizes, attractiveness, and personalities are endless. Most shelters will let you get acquainted with an animal by holding it, taking it on a walk on the premises, finding out if they are dog friendly with other dogs or cat friendly, or like children. It is easy to determine if cats are dog friendly or fearful or even aggressive. Many shelters have counselors that can advise you where to seek help if you experience behavior problems that easily can be solved. Many communities have classes or workshops, and there are thousands of websites where you can seek advice from a wide array of animal groups and even free veterinarian hotlines to ask questions.



Photos of homeless animals

Homeless animals

Habitat loss is threatening the survival of wildlife worldwide. Natural environments are being destroyed and fragmented by human activity, wiping out species’ food sources, dispersing populations and leaving animals around the world literally homeless or displaced.
Born Free believes wild animals need their wild habitats; their home, nothing can compare. Habitat loss is caused by deforestation, war, expansion of human populations and agriculture, climate change and much more. Where habitat loss occurs, species (whether large carnivore or amphibian) are forced into ever-decreasing, fragmented areas which in turn decreases prey numbers, water availability and species’ range. Additionally, human-wildlife conflict increases as encroachment occurs resulting in major problems for wildlife and local communities. Ultimately, habitat loss leads to wildlife population decline and extinction.
Using the spectacular photography of George Logan and the skills of Steve Hawthorne and Katy Hopkins at advertising company WCRS Limited, these images of wild animals placed within an urban setting aim to provide a shocking reminder that wildlife is losing its habitat at an alarming rate. All services involved in this campaign, including advertising space and printing, have been kindly donated and together we are working to raise awareness of the issue and the work which Born Free is doing to “keep wildlife in the wild” – without strong, well-connected areas of habitat, this will be impossible