The Consciousness Behind the Good Deed

by SOS Algarve Animals on March 20, 2013

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 The days have been complicated lately. Especially for anyone who loves animals and worries about the growing waves of abuse that we are experiencing across the country. Neglect, beatings, animals burned, buried alive, stabbed, kicked, humiliated. Cruelties that are shaking up the coldest hearts and insensitive. In this context, it is increasingly common to see people mobilized in favor of these animals, organizing marches, demonstrations by stricter laws, projects for the removal of cats and dogs from the streets among other actions. But many people have a totally misguided vision than it really is to protect an animal, than it is to do something that effectively bring a benefit in the short, medium and long term.

So let’s see: what is your vision of animal protection? What is secure for you? Do you think protecting is to educate? Of course it is. Education is the foundation of the whole process and should be done consistently and at all stages, since it is through education that you will be able to raise awareness, change opinions and concepts, open horizons, instigate, planting seeds that will stimulate people to adopt correct attitudes. And these people will educate more people and so on.

But of course that only educate is not enough, it takes more. Rescue, feed, rehabilitate, vaccinate, vermifugar, donate. Yes, remove animals from the streets and donate them to responsible homes is a noble act and should be encouraged, since they performed with discretion and rationality. So here we go again. What matters most to you, donate animals? Assemble an album on your facebook profile with thousands of pictures of dogs and cats that have been proudly handed over to new owners? Sleep with a clear conscience for having removed dozens of animals from the streets, believing that you did everything and even a bit more than I could, and therefore, it was more than enough? This is a serious mistake that some people make while thinking they are doing animal protection. Because the efficiency of a person is measured not by the number of rescued animals and donated, but rather with how these redemptions and these donations are conducted. For example: do you believe in the importance of sterilizing cats and dogs before being donated? If you believe and put this into practice, congratulations, you are on the right track. But if you are those who don’t see the importance of it, what matters is giving the animal and nothing else, I think it would be important to clarify a few points:

1-responsibility for the dog or Cat rescued and donated not just the moment you the delivery into the hands of new owner. Everything that occurs after this, will be part of their responsibility as well, simply because any attitude that you have with an animal today will reflect on his future. If you do the right thing, he will be happy and get the chance of a decent life. If you do bullshit, he will suffer.

2-since the responsibility for the future of the animal will be donated in part his, obviously, if you deliver whole (not neutered) and He procreates, the responsibility for the descendants generated will also be yours. That is, if one day you find out that the puppy puppy puppy from puppy that you delivered without castrate was stopping in the middle of the street, much of the fault is his. Because remember: your attitude towards the whole animal will reflect on his future.

3-If you accept and encourage people to donate animals under these conditions, you’re being complicit with an attitude that may reflect negatively on future of them. Remember when we talk about education? Because this is the time. If you know what is right, but to see people acting so contrary, educate. East, plant the seed, not be complicit with erroneous attitudes and that nothing will help change the situation.

4-don’t assume that all people are like you is Not a whole animal. acreditanto that the new owner will take care of the rest, because it is not how it works. Statistically, 80% of the animals delivered integers (not neutered) continue as well, i.e. they are potential puppies factories that tomorrow or the day after will be on the streets too. And with just one detail: each dog or cat will bring 5, 6 or 8 puppies for lambing. There will be homes for everyone? Obviously not.

So note that make protection is not as easy as it may seem. Several steps must be followed with the final focus, which is the donation of the animal in perfect health and properly sterilized to a responsible tutor. But then you may be wondering: “I shot the street, give bath, food and even vermifuge. No longer am I doing enough? ” No, it isn’t. Simply because the removal of the animal from the streets is the easiest part of the whole process, the most difficult comes next: rehabilitate, assist, vermifugar, vaccinated, sterilized, chooses a good adopter and only then give it away. If you do the service by half, you will be taking attitudes that once again I repeat, reflected negativament