I thought about posting this in the pets forum but mostly animals lovers post there, or so it seems and I think that this thread would be mostly one-sided. If the mods think it should be moved, fine by me.
Here’s what happened. We posted on a Kaohsiung-based website as well as on some bulletin boards around the city. Our intentions are to gather a group of people who would like to help stray animals. Just a basic sign asking for volunteers, foster homes, that kind of thing.
Gladly, we have received some offers for help already. The very first response we got however was this:
Not very encouraging to say the least but to be honest, I sometimes wonder the same thing. Kids need help…Strays need help…Quite controversial even though the email isn’t very friendly.
Here’s what I think we will reply to that person.[quote]Hi JN,
You are asking a very good question. To tell you the truth we often wonder this ourselves. Maybe we would be better off sending our money to children who don’t have the basics like food, education and other things we so often take for granted.
There is probably no good answer to your question as the reality reflected in your email is one that no person with common sense could disagree with. On the same token, you could say the same thing for the millions of dollars that are spent trying to figure out why the killer whales are dying or the hippos or the frogs worldwide for that matter. It is not always easy to feel assertive about what you do when you decide to try to make a difference. Emails like yours sure make us think.
If you’d like, you could visit this site www.savedogs.org for more information about the strays in Taiwan.
About the children in Taiwan that are in need of assistance, we would definitely be interested if you had any links, phone numbers or any information at all. We have donated to a local orphanage but our Chinese is very limited and we don’t really know how else to help. That’s the good thing about animals, they are easy to understand.[/quote]
What are your thoughts on this? Should we even bother with this email?