First, a disclaimer. I do not have a pet, nor do I intend to have one. I live in an apartment, which, in my opinion, is no place for a pet. When I was growing up, my family did own, at different times, several cats and a dog.
But the big story of this past week proves that nothing results in an emotional response more than a story about the apparent plight of hundreds of dogs from a raid on a local kennel.
Shortly after the news broke Saturday night, we were asked "how can I adopt one of these dogs?". And most of them hadn't even been transferred yet. And all week long, we've been asked variations of the same question, except that "how" has since been changed to "when".
I have no doubt that most, if not all, of these people are truly good-hearted people who are as concerned about the welfare of these animals, as much as they truly would like to own one of them. And it may be a good idea, if only for financial reasons, to adopt a pet rather than buy one from a store.
But these, according the the Humane Society of Parkersburg, aren't the usual adoptable pets. They have, by their accounts, lived under different conditions than the animals normally kept at the animal shelter. (This applies particularly to older dogs, who presumably were used for breeding purposes.)
I hope these dogs find good homes. It would be a shame if a significant number of them have to be put down. But people who are interested in taking them in think with their heads...not just with their hearts.