Valentine’s Day is often a day to say “I do,” or to ask your sweetie to say “I do” a little later. It’s a day to share love and let those close to you know how much you care.
How about if this year we share that love with those that have the potential to give us so much and ask for so little … Detroit’s homeless animals?
According to Detroit Dog Rescue, there are more than 50,000 homeless and stray dogs running loose on the streets of Detroit. Here is some other startling statistic from the ASPCA. Approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. So says the ASCPA.
Here are other incredible numbers from dosomething.org.
- Homeless animals outnumber homeless people 5 to 1.
- Only 1 out of 10 dogs born ever find a permanent home.
- It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the U.S. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
- It is also impossible to determine how many dogs, cats, horses and other animals are abused or neglected.
As Aldous Huxley once said, “Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
WXYZ TV and the Michigan Humane Society are not ignoring the facts. They want you to share your love for animals on Thursday, February 14 by tuning in to the 2013 Valentine’s Telethon for the year’s most “awww-inspiring” TV programming. Yes it will pull at your heart strings, and that’s the idea.
Sure you can still share the love with your sweetie but take a little time to share some love (and some dollars) with these animals many of which have never experienced the love an owner, a warm bed or a meal every day.
“Cats, dogs, horses and so on are completely dependent on humans and are always loving and thankful,” says Paul Huxley, a Michigan Humane Society board member. “They should never be hurt, cold, hungry or without love. The Michigan Human Society rescues, accepts, cares for, and finds love for our best friends.”
The telethon will be hosted by Channel 7 anchor Alicia Smith. It’ll feature adoptable animals, heartwarming stories of animals rescued from abuse and neglect and information on the Michigan Humane Society’s many life-saving programs and services.
“There are so many animals out there who need the Michigan Humane Society, and sadly, this need has never been greater,” says Cal Morgan, MHS president and CEO. “We rely on the support of pet lovers across Michigan to help us care for animals who are homeless, hungry, neglected and abused. On Thursday, Feb. 14, please say ‘I do’ to saving animal lives.”
There are 50,000 homeless dogs and who can guess how many cats out there that need your help.
The telethon sponsors are Purina, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, US-Mattress.com, Center for Computer Resources, Meijer, Grid4 Communications and Petco.