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article imageOp-Ed: I am not 'illegitimate' — An open letter to Facebook Special

By Greta McClain     Aug 26, 2012 in Internet
My first three years on this earth were filled with fear and violence, and I had scars to prove it. I cowered, I yelped, I had nightmares and I never thought it would get any better.
Fortunately, I was one of the lucky ones; there are so many that are never saved. After someone saw me get kicked across my front yard, the conditions I was living in was reported and I was removed from the terrible life I had led, and I was adopted by people who loved me very much.
My story could match that of many people, as well as many animals. In my case, I fall in the latter category. I was saved by an animal rescue group that took good care of me and made sure that I found a loving, forever home. The next nine years were filled with car rides, long walks, my favorite treats and lots of love. I loved my family very much too, even if I did not show it all the time. Being that I was a terrier, I had to make sure I showed them who was boss after all.
Nisa Yeh
My family loved me so much, they gave me my own Facebook page. They wanted the public to have a chance to hear my story, and perhaps, I could serve as a small inspiration to them and encourage them to save other animals like me. You may not realize this, but The Humane Society of the United States says there are 4 million dogs and cats that are put to sleep every year. That comes out to one animal every eight seconds! They also say that in 2007 there were 1,880 animal cruelty cases reported in the media. That comes out to more then 5 animals that are neglected or abused every day. Those are just the animals that garner enough attention to have their story shared in the media. There could easily be double, triple or even ten times as many that do not receive media attention; I never did.
Clara S.
My family and I believe that if my story can help save just one animal, it is a start. If another animal's story can help save another animal, maybe that animal’s story can save another, and so on. I don’t do math so I will make it easy. If there are only 10 million "fake accounts", instead of the reported tens if millions, and pet profiles do make up 2.5% of the "fake accounts", that comes out to 2.5 million accounts. If only a quarter of those accounts are rescue animals, that still adds up to 62,500 animals that have the potential to make a difference.
Even if I, and cats and dogs like me, cannot make a difference and in some small way help to save another animal, our families may. My family depends on my facebook page to help network with others who want to save unwanted, neglected and abused animals. They learn of needed transports, of animals available for adoption or that need to be pulled from a kill shelter before they are euthanized. They desperately want to try and help others like me, but they don't want to share the personal items they share with family and friends on their own facebook page with people in the animal rescue world.
So, my page is not "illegitimate” but in fact it serves a very legitimate purpose. I am not a celebrity, band or business; I am a living, breathing creature of God who simply wants to make some small difference in what can so often be a very cold and cruel world.
So I ask of you to please consider the ramifications of your plan to "disable" pet accounts. You may not believe that it will have an effect. However for a creature created by the loving hands of God that is scared, lonely, starving or injured it may mean everything. It may mean the difference between a life of misery or death, or a life filled with love, and isn’t that what we all want at the end of the day?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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