The ongoing Political Musings of a former (now Stray) Yellar Dawg Dem.
This is a Feminist Blog, in the tradition of Susan B. Anthony.
"Just Tell Them...
I have worked 40 years to make the Women's Suffrage platform broad enough for Atheists and Agnostics to stand upon, and now if need be I will fight the next 40 to keep it Catholic enough to permit the straightest Orthodox religionist to speak or pray and count her beads upon."
Susan B. Anthony
Sunday, December 14, 2008
Pet Rescue is Political
I think that's a big part of why I do it.
Professional rescuers like myself, have a passion for seeing the marginalized vindicated. And you can't get more marginalized than you'd be if you were innocently awaiting your death in a dirty prison cell. Or tied to a pole in someone's back yard an forgotten.
The macro-politics of pet rescue are more complex. They deal with the responsibility of human beings, as a species. To care for another species that we have deliberately bred, re-bred, and inbred to suit our needs and fancies. Those that end up in pounds and shelters are the discards of this human experiment.... where only the tiniest, the gargantuan, and the unique looking breeds matter.
And, if those two kinds of politics are not enough .... there is also a set of micro-political mores that must be considered when working within the rescue community. A set of do's and do-nots we abide by when determining rescues and placements. Jeesh. Who knew? I mean... rescuing dogs and cats should be simple. Right?
In "real life" Dawg is a mom, a nurse, a pet rescuer and a tireless advocate for animal rights.
Dawg is happily married for thirty years and has raised three awesome children. She holds an advanced degree in Family Science, wherein her research was focused on women's support circles during parturition. Her dedication to Women's Rights is directly affected by her belief that motherhood should not be a sentence to isolation and disenfranchisement.
Dawg is on hiatus from political bloggery d/t the intense demands of her engagement in the No Kill movement at this time. However, she remains influenced by PUMA politics and reads the blogs of her fellow PUMAs (at right) regularly.
Thanks for the Visit, all you Stray Dogs and PUMAs!
"Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave.