Really, I don't want to flog a dead
dog horse — but just this morning, in my physical therapist's waiting room, I thumbed through the March 10 issue of People and found an article on Alex Aliksanyan, the founder of dogsindanger.com. In the half a year since its inception, the website that features pictures of shelter dogs that are about to be put down has helped save more than 4,400 of these canines.
Instead of lauding Aliksanyan, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals scoffs at his success, and at the kind-hearted pet lovers who've rescued condemned dogs through the site. People quotes senior vice president Gail Buchwald as sniffing,
"Guilt or emotional blackmail is never a good reason to bring a dog into your home."
I thought that my local SPCA was accidentally staffed with petty, arrogant know-it-alls — that this was a fluke, not a nationwide institutional attitude.
Now I'm not so sure.
Like her dog-killing underlings in Trenton, Maine, Ms. Buchwald believes that the good is the enemy of the perfect, and she stands proudly ready to remind everyone that if they can't adopt a dog for reasons she approves of, the animal might as well be executed.
God, these people disgust me.