i have said it a million times over the years.....loving an animal (or animals)...(or anyone for that matter!) means diddly squat if said love is just an airy fairy human feeling. love has to include appropriate demonstrated, measurable, physical acts of caring....proper feeding, consistently clean and comfortable living environments, meeting their emotional as well as physical needs, including physical exercise and mental stimulation along with good medical care.
if love was only about saying the words or feeling the welling up of warm emotions..then the victims of that kind of totally useless love will be hungry, dirty, sick, unhappy and will each day that they live feel like shit while surrounded by fake human love.
love is hard work. love is expensive. love is committment. love is following thru even if you are tired, hurting, or broke. love is putting the needs of someone else always right in the forefront.
these animals at saints were mostly once loved by someone else...even if it was a lifetime ago and only for a few days or weeks when they were babies and cute. but they all have one thing in common..all of them are now here...so where did love fail them? why did love leave them suffering, neglected, unhappy, sick, old and alone?
ask me again where is the moral and practical sense in investing so much effort, so much money, so much heartbreak in these ones at the end of their road with little hope of ever finding a good home of their own?
and i will tell you again and again that they have spent their youth, their health, their kind and gentle hearts year after many long years, investing in believing in us and we just kept letting them down. we showed them that love is a lie and they are wasted fools to believe in us because love is not true.
i say... all of the time, all of the effort, all of the incredible monetary costs now.... are simply moral restitution, repayments...dare i say some kind of justice.... for the lives we made, negleected, used, abused, and then callously tossed. we got what we wanted...but what did they get back?
i say that saints is at least an infantile attempt to try to right some of their lifelong wrongs...maybe we can't right them all but maybe we can right some.
and if someone has a better and cheaper idea on paying mankind's life long debt to them, then please let me know...these animals gave us their lives...for what? an unhappy life and then a callous and thoughtless death?
how fair is that?