There are certain harsh realities in the world that are easier not to think about. If we took time each day to dwell on all of the sick and abandoned animals in our society, we'd have little time to get anything else done. Unfortunately, these problems, as difficult as they are to think about, will never be solved if we continue to ignore them. Each year, nearly 7.6 million dogs and cats are placed in animal shelters - and that's just in the United States.
It's no secret that these shelters can't provide everything our furry friends need to live a happy and healthy life. This is especially troubling when you consider how conditions here in the United States are significantly better than some shelters around the world. The more details we hear, the more unsolvable this issue seems. You might ask yourself, "If millions are facing the threat of euthanization each year, how will adopting a single dog make a difference?"
Do you remember Loren Eiseley's famous story about the young man who tossed starfish back into the ocean so they wouldn't die in the sun? A wise old man mocks him for thinking he could make a difference, but the young man points out that he's making a difference for each starfish he saves. The family in this video learned a similar lesson when they rescued a litter of puppies from Turkey. The conditions they witnessed in the Turkish animal shelter were shocking, so they decided to adopt a litter of terminally ill puppies so that they could live out their final days in peace. When they returned home, however, they learned that one of the little pups wasn't going to give up on life that easily ...
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