Two days ago, H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation, a spay, neuter, and vaccine clinic in Fresno, announced that folks who live in certain zip codes in Fresno County will be able to fix their pets for a discounted price. Nice, right?
Not if you read the comments the notice attracted on Facebook. Some people were really disappointed about their Fresno County zip not qualifying for the discount. So disappointed, in fact, that H.O.P.E. had to write a second post explaining that it’s a nonprofit foundation that relies on donations in order to offer low-cost services to pet owners, and that this means the clinic is limited in the amount of services it can provide.
Now, we can go ahead and dismiss the Facebook anger as the internet being the internet. Or—and stay with me here—we can take the Leslie Knope approach and see this as a good thing.
People are finally recognizing how important it is to keep the pet population down, and they want to do something about it. This is great! Because we all know how this works: fewer animals being born means fewer animals ending up in shelters, which means fewer animals that have to be put down due to overcrowding. And I don’t know about you, but I hate the idea of animals being killed simply because they can’t find a home.
So I’m going to follow the advice H.O.P.E. gave to angry pet owners on its Facebook page:
Create the change that you want to see. If you don’t like the services, staffing, Facebook or programs DONATE YOUR time, money and resources. If you don’t have any of that then do something nice. Share our Facebook page, write a positive review, do something!”
After I finish this post, I’m going to leave a review on the clinic’s Facebook page (my dog was neutered at H.O.P.E. and has received all of his vaccinations there), then make a donation—a small one because I am not Rockefeller, for crying out loud.
Then I’m going to feel good all day thinking that maybe my actions today will help save the lives of animals in the future, and then I’ll probably eat some pizza later (unrelated).
Information about H.O.P.E. Animal Foundation can be found on its website, where you can also make a donation if you feel so inclined.