You can say the name “Patrick” to almost anyone in the animal world right now and they will immediately think of the starved and left-for-dead pit bull currently recovering at Garden State Veterinary Specialists, a pet hospital in Tinton, New Jersey. Since the day he was found and posted on Facebook, Patrick has become a worldwide phenomenon, gracing news channels and articles around the globe. People everywhere have taken to his cause; donating funds to his care, sharing videos of him prancing through the grass, and most importantly, creating countless Facebook pages on his behalf to bring awareness to animal cruelty everywhere.
In fact, people have become so enamored with this cute little fellow that they want to adopt him. They want to give him the life his previous owner denied him. But why don’t these same people have room in their hearts for another dog? Why does it have to be Patrick, the “famous dog”?
Many of the “Patrick pages,” as well as rescues and animal welfare organizations everywhere, have encouraged their fans to adopt another dog on Patrick’s behalf. After all, if these people had the time, patience, and living situation to take in Patrick, doesn’t that mean another pit bull around his weight, size, and temperament would make an equally fantastic addition to the family? Or is it that these people only want to save the severely abused or abandoned dogs?
Well if that’s the case, these people are in luck. A quick walk through any local animal shelter will tell the tales of sad, lonely, underprivileged dogs wasting away behind the bars of a kennel, often times with too little compassion or attention and rarely enough exercise or stimulation. Despite the feverish efforts of shelter staff and volunteers, many animals don’t get the emotional connection they so desire. Just because their stories don’t make international headlines doesn’t mean they don’t need love. It doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate every second they have with you. And it certainly doesn’t mean you should let another dog suffer or die in a shelter simply because he doesn’t have the fame attached to his name.
Patrick isn’t the only dog out there that needs your help. And you better believe that you will be an enormous hero to any dog you save.
Interested in finding a dog or cat to rescue in your area? Check out this countrywide list of animal shelters and rescues. Petfinder is also a fantastic resource to find ANY breed you’re looking for. If you need more help, contact your local shelter or rescue. They will be happy to point you in the right direction and give you resources to save your next best friend.
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