Adopting even one pet can make a difference

Published: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 10:32 p.m.

I am writing in response to The Sun's "Life behind the lens" picture page (Jan. 8). First, I would like to say that most of the pictures displayed were absolutely gorgeous.

However, there was one picture that was horrifying to me. The picture depicting the row of dead dogs on the floor while two workers say goodbye to another is appalling.

Although some people are not offended by pictures like this, publishing them for thousands of people to see is terribly offensive and simply vulgar. I am glad that someone felt the need to display this kind of message, however.

But why not show someone adopting a new puppy, it running to its new owner's arms, with a caption telling how one was adopted while 40 others had to be euthanized the same day?

When pictures such as the one published are shown in the paper, it is extremely disheartening and leads many people to think that there is nothing they can do by just adopting one pet.

As someone who has adopted four animals from Gainesville Pet Rescue in the past two years, I know that one little adoption can make a world of difference - and it didn't take a picture of dead animals lying on the floor with their eyes still open to make me realize that.

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