Just finished an exhilarating and exhausting two-day event – SummerTails – this past weekend. We brought together a lot of folks from varied backgrounds and different aspects of animal guardianship. Yet, we all agreed on one basic concept: there are too many dogs (and cats) and not enough people to adopt them!
Everyone was enthusiastic and cordial during the event. But it’s over. Now what?
Do we each go back to our own domains, continuing to work tirelessly . . . but frustrated at not being able to save more of the perfectly adoptable pets that are being euthanized every day in U.S. shelters? Who the heck has time to think about the possibilities when they’re doing all they can just to manage the animals in their care right now?
We’re seeing a new role emerge for harnesslife.org. In addition to targeting financial support for spay and neuter through our grants and in addition to educating groups and organizations about pet overpopulation and its surrounding issues, there’s something that we are in a unique position to do.
Harnesslife.org is not in competition with rescues, shelters, clinics, veterinarians, or animal welfare groups. In our quest to unravel the underlying issues and understand why some solutions are working (and others not), we meet many dedicated people and learn about many diverse approaches. We’re also talking with folks who are not in “the pet industry” but who are animal lovers.
So many untapped resources . . . so many opportunities and possibilities . . . so many folks willing to help, but not quite knowing where to begin. Harnesslife.org has the inherent capability to see how two or more apparently dissimilar (or competitive!) organizations can come together to accomplish the goal of saving more lives in our shelters. We’ve already made three productive connections in the past couple of weeks!
After all, aren’t we really all pulling in the same direction?