Why Save a Special Needs Animal?
Recently, I have written blogs on pets that were rescued (Rosie, The Resilient Spirit of One Little Dog, The Story of Dunkin - Is There Ever A Happy Ending?) from horrific conditions that were either born with a medical condition, disability, or have been so severely neglected that they developed health issues. Each individual that has saved a special needs animal has gone above and beyond being their caretaker.
During my research, I also came across many negative comments from people questioning why these caretakers are even bothering. Some of these comments are vicious attacks that are cruel, degrading, and even border on bullying.
Why is it that we feel the need to discard a pet that is otherwise not "normal?"
When taking on a special needs animal, many people will pose the question, "Why not just end their suffering? There are so many healthy pets that need homes" Yes, there are many healthy pets looking for their forever home, but that shouldn't mean that a pet with a disability or medical condition should be a throw away.
When it comes to animals, there are some individuals that prefer to discard the "broken" ones. But if we nonchalantly free ourselves of these so-called burdens, how do we continue to educate and show compassion toward other living things?
The caretakers of these wonderful animals aren't looking at them as a burden, and they don't feel they are wasting their time. No. Instead, they express how humbled and honored they are to care for these animals that otherwise would have been deemed unadoptable.
Who are "we" to determine what type of quality of life is worthy of saving?
These caretakers are doing what they are called to do: taking care of a special needs animal. I don't feel it should be up to us as a society to pick apart which animal is worth saving or not. If an individual is up to the task and has the means to take care of an animal in need, let them do so.
I personally applaud these caretakers, as I know I couldn't do what they are doing. Not because I wouldn't want to, but my schedule won't allow the time needed to focus on an animal with special needs.
If someone takes on a Special Needs Animal, why are they asking for money?
These caretakers give up their time, personal finances, and so much more to meet the needs of these animals. They often have fund raisers and donation campaigns to help alleviate the cost of their care that they may otherwise not be able to afford. Donation is an act of kindness executed by giving something to someone else in need. Yes, special need animals are in need of care. We each get to decide on how to use our money, and if someone chooses to donate their money to one of these animals in need, let them.
Let's not be quick to slash and tear apart another person's decision to take care of an animal that has a disability or medical condition. Instead, let's sing their praises and thank them for opening their hearts and homes to these Special Need Animals.