My wife and I have been aiding in the publication of a book over the last two or three years. She appears briefly in the book and was working at the Animal Shelter featured. Link to the website of the Not-for-proffit formed by the Authors: http://novoiceunheard.org/Problems-Solutions.htm Before I get a flood of "You must be an Animal Nutcase" responses I wanted to place some context. In the USA, and in much of the world there's an incredible problem presented by the overpopulation and calous treatment of companion animals. My wife and I have personally fostered over three hundred kittens, most of these were the hard cases: Semi-ferals, Failing To Thrive (animal essentially gives up on living... a gutwrenching form of terminal depression in something so young.), pre-wean, etc. Of those a staggering number would be unrecoverable from illness or depression and require euthanasia. I have restrained dogs, cats and kittens that I'd spent weeks coaxing back to life while they were injected. I've had them die in my hands from massive systemic failures in the middle of the night. I have the terrible scent of Death mixed with Sodium Pentabarbital burned into my brain. I have seen animals driven unrecoverably insane by the time they spend in Shelters and have to be euthanized. I have seen fighting Pit Bulls brought in after they had lost and were dumped. I have seen "Bait Dogs" dumped in the same condition. I have seen wonderful animals surrendered by owners who simply stopped caring. I have seen other wise compassionate humans treat their Animals terribly. What have I learned from all of this? I have learned that we rarely treat our animals better than we treat our families. In fact there is a direct correlation between the compassion one shows their pets and the compassion with which one treats one's children and spouse. Humane Officers are trained to watch for patterns of abuse in companion animals for precisely this reason. I have learned that compassion is often reserved for when it is convenient and thus rendered ingenuinely callous. We must keep in mind that suffering is always preventable and never occurs in a vacuum. It is from this premise that I propose the following Hypothesis: Go to the above site. Go buy the book "One at a Time". The values of our culture that are based so deeply on Compassion need re-enforcement on a level that can only begin in each home. What better place to start that with our pets? If we as a Nation can make an impact on the suffering and overpopulation of our Companions we have a real demonstration that we can do it for ourselves and each other. Thoughts? Comments?