Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Best Friends Animal Society Request on Behalf of Homeless Animals

Best Friends Animal Society is an organization I've supported for a number of years and I am a big fan of what they do. I got a request from them that I wanted to pass on because I'm a big believer in pet adoption. If you agree and you have just a minute, please support this petition:

"Senator Obama and his family have said that, win or lose, they’re going to add a dog to their family after the election this November.

That’s a great idea. But I hope they decide to adopt one from their local shelter. Why? Because as long as people still buy their pets from pet stores and commercial breeders, millions of abandoned pets are killed in shelters across the country every year.

So here’s one issue that’s truly bi-partisan – one that we can all agree on. Let’s ask our national leaders always to adopt their pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores.

Members of Best Friends Animal Society have started a petition to invite the Obama family to do just that. Whether you're a Democrat or a Republican, left-wing, right-wing or any other wing, you can make a bipartisan difference by signing our petition at, and encouraging all your friends and family to sign it, too.

Thanks for thinking about the nation’s homeless pets!"


Charles Gramlich said...

That's definitely a noble cause and I bet they will do it. I don't think I'm going to sign it though. When Lana and I get a dog we will definitely go to the pound, but I hate to feel like I'm forcing someone else to make that choice. They have to consider their children and many issues. But I'll hope that they make the choice to go to the pound.

Lisa said...

Charles, I can appreciate and respect your point of view. When I first saw the request, I felt a little funny about urging someone to adopt a dog, rather than buy from a breeder or pet store since I've never done it with anyone I know. For me, what tipped the scales is knowing that Senator Obama is a role model and because of that I don't feel like it's out of line for me to urge him to consider doing something that would set a good example for other people. Of course, these kinds of campaigns could conceivably get out of control if we all suddenly decided to impose our own value systems on every decision a politician makes. I don't know if that would even be a totally bad thing either though. But I do have a special place in my heart for the shelter animals :)

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