January 28, 2011
Crunching The Numbers
Comments have been made that "Irresponsible people are to blame", and yes, this is often true.
However, last year in the United States, an estimated 47.7 billion dollars was spent on pet care. Billion. People love dogs and cats. They love their own dogs and cats, and are usually sympathetic to the plight of the less fortunate ones.
At Angels of Assisi, we can always count on our community to show up when we are involved in a big rescue. Donations of all shapes and sizes appear in our lobby. Nice people volunteer to clean, transport, and help the neglected or abused pets anyway they can. It feels like a group effort. Actually, it IS a group effort.
Let's take a step back and define "community" as it pertains to our RCACP. The Regional Center receives stray and owner relinquished animals from Roanoke City, Roanoke County, Botetourt County and the Town of Vinton.
The population breakdown is:
That means if 1 out of every 44 people stepped up and adopted, fostered or networked an animal, we'd be in pretty good shape. I think we've got 1 out of 44 people out there that care. That's around 2.2% of our local population. Anybody in?
"Love of animals is a universal impulse, a common ground on which all of us may meet. By loving and understanding animals, perhaps we humans shall come to understand each other."
-- Louis J. Camuti
at Friday, January 28, 2011