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Animal Empathy

December 10, 2011

I don’t think it is to much of a stretch to say that vegans hold a special place in their hearts for animals. Well, most vegans anyway.

I was reminded of that today when I had the chance to avert something that could have been potentially hazardous. My husband and I were on our way home from the pet store where we had just gotten our dog’s nails trimmed when, a quarter mile from our home, a tiny white dog darted in front of our car.

Before we were even stopped all the way (at a busy three way intersection), I was hopping out of the car. To our right was a field and some train tracks and to our left was an even busier road. There were about 3 other cars in the intersection, but when I got out of the car they (luckily) all stopped.

The tiny dog tried to run away from me at first, but when I crouched down to her level she came running right into my arms. Luckily, she had a name tag on and I was able to get a hold of her owner right away. The owner was out of town and the dog was staying at a friend’s house. When she got loose she panicked and didn’t know where to go.

If we hadn’t taken that way home, I shudder to think what would have become of her. It’s only 24 degrees Fahrenheit right now!

I only had her for about 15 minutes but immediately my mind started working. What if her owner doesn’t want her? What if she needs medication? What if, what if, what if?

When I placed her into the arms of her temporary owner he was so grateful. That just made my day.

I just… think that if something ever happened to my dog I would want someone to do everything they could to find me. But not only that, sometimes animals get overlooked in favor of other (worthy) causes around the holidays.

This recession doesn’t just have an effect on people. It has an effect on any animal that’s ever been dumped on the side of the road because they don’t have any money to feed them. Or any animal that’s been put to sleep because the owner can’t afford their vet care.

So… please, this holiday season, consider doing something for the animals. They don’t have a voice.

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