All American Mutt Rescue posted this entry on their facebook page today:
"All American Mutt Rescue has many mixed thoughts/emotions re. Mr. Snelling and his 'hoarded' animals. Nice man, good heart, got in over his head, needs help. The 'owners' of the animals have some responsibility here. If they kept ID (esp microchips) on their pets and kept their pets at home, many could not have ended up with Mr. Snelling. Just a thought."
One week ago, Angels of Assisi took in 102 dogs and cats that were seized by Animal Control. It is now our responsibility to provide these animals safe housing, fresh air, fresh food, fresh water, and as much TLC as possible. It's a lot of work, but when we look into the eyes that are depending on us to care for them, it's all worthwhile.
It is not our place to judge Mr. Snelling, that is what the court system is in place to do. It is not our place to comment or speculate on Mr. Snelling and the situation that led up to the seizure last week. It is however, our place to continue to care for the animals that all need medical intervention.
As compassionate beings, it is also our place to listen to and accommodate the people who may have lost a beloved pet. Chances are slim that their cat or dog is in our building, but it's worth a shot for them to come look.
This situation would have a perfect time to launch a “You Must Microchip Your Pet Or This Could Happen To You" campaign, but we felt it would have been very hurtful to people who feel bad enough about losing a family member. Believe me, every person who walked through our front door in hopes of finding a lost pet wished that pet was microchipped.
Things happen, pets get lost. And yes, sometimes even stolen from "owners" who love them. Seems to me that times are hard enough lately- lost jobs, lost homes, a country at war, and for some an uncertain future.
Let's not insinuate that people we don't even know are irresponsible and made the horrifying error of not microchipping their pets. I think they have learned their lesson, and I bet others have picked up on it too. We're all in this crazy thing called life together; my vote is to leave the judging up to the judge, learn from our mistakes, and move forward.