Hardy Plumbing
February 28, 2007
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Low Tidings


Low Tidings



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Some people think that only mean dogs get put down, but that's not true. The fact is, dogs get put down every day.

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That's because there are too many abandoned and stray dogs, and not enough space in the shelters to handle them all.

A lot of these dogs were happy and loved. Some belonged to elderly people who passed away. They were coddled and cuddled, loved their masters and were loved back. Now they sit in a cage, awaiting adoption or, even worse, euthanasia.

Some folks have to leave their dogs behind when they move. Maybe they could only find an apartment where pets weren't allowed. Maybe they simply don't have the money needed to keep a pet. Those dogs also face the uncertainty of not knowing what the next day will bring.

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Some dogs were never lucky. They were taken in by uncaring families who simply left them behind at the end of the summer. Or they were born to strays, left to fend for themselves on the street. You've read some of the sad tales in our "Shelter Stories" column each week. Dogs who were chained to a two-foot leash for days on end. Dogs who were starved. Dogs who were beaten.

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The people at RSVP take these dogs into their homes when there are no options remaining. Some have five or 10 at a clip. Getting them adopted into nice families is the goal, but in the interim it is very costly to house, feed, and care for the dogs, and it costs money to get the word out.

If you want to do something, make a contribution to RSVP through this newspaper, at 74 Montauk Highway, Suite 19, East Hampton 11937. The donation is tax deductible, and we will also make sure you get plenty of positive publicity in this newspaper.

Best of all, because of your donation, you will get to see me make a complete fool out of myself by getting my head shaved, making me the second airhead to take the plunge.

Take a look at the pooches on this page. We've gotten most of them placed in wonderful homes. Now take a look at how ugly I would be bald. Think how proud you will be that you contributed to this Ball of Ugly.

This is no joke. You can make it happen, save a dog, and get a ton of free publicity as well.

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