Animal shelters normally try to encourage people to adopt a pet and provide them with a new home. But Southern Hope Humane Society in Atlanta, Georgia is spreading the message of “don’t get a dog.”
The organization, which runs Fulton County animal shelter, is launching an advertising campaign and the Don’t Get A Dog website to spread the message to those thinking about getting a pet.
Southern Hope Humane Society wants potential pet owners to think about all of the responsibility that goes along with owning a pet. They see numerous cases of animal neglect each day and want to prevent those situations from ever occurring.
“The sheer volume of neglect we see is overwhelming,” said Susan Feingold, director of the Fulton shelter. “A lot of people just don’t realize they’re financially responsible for taking care of their animals.”
Signs with strong messages like “If you don’t want to go to the vet, there’s always jail” and photographs of neglected and injured dogs will be put up among the city. Most of the signs will be placed in the inner-city area, where most of the reported neglect cases occur, said Stacey Hall, the president of Southern Hope Humane Society.
Hall said, “We’ve tried other, more subtle campaigns, but it hasn’t had any effect. We’re trying to make people understand it’s their responsibility for 15 years when they take a dog in. It’s not the taxpayer’s responsibility to pay to care for their pet. If they can’t do that, they shouldn’t get a dog.”
Source: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution