New York, NY (PRWEB) July 30, 2012
A recent HBO documentary, “One Nation Under Dog,” sheds light on the many sides of the dog-human connection in the United States. The documentary points out that more than 2 million dogs are euthanized annually at shelters and that rescue groups are working hard to save the lives of these unwanted dogs. Other parts of the film show how some owners react to injuries caused by their dogs, how some try to perpetuate a dog’s love through cloning, and how some grieve the death of a beloved dog through burial services and support groups.
Andrew Feld, founder of the company, Fresh Patch, hopes that his product can contribute to dog adoption and thereby help to curb the euthanasia of healthy shelter dogs. Fresh Patch is an indoor dog potty made with long-lasting real grass. Feld says that many people with full time jobs don’t adopt a dog because they can’t take care of the dog’s bathroom needs when they are working. “Fresh Patch can solve that problem,” says Feld, “because a dog can use this potty on his or her own schedule, whenever Nature calls and the owner can’t be there. Fresh Patch can make it possible for more people to enjoy the companionship of a shelter or rescue dog.” Feld emphasizes that, while more dogs need adoption, it is also crucial to support spaying and neutering programs to reduce the number of unwanted dogs who end up in shelters.
According to Feld, the HBO documentary reports that, in many rural areas, gas chambers are used to put down dogs and puppies in groups. “The footage is shocking,” he says, “and the HBO documentary underscores that going to a shelter means death row for most dogs. If Fresh Patch can promote just a few more shelter or rescue adoptions each year,” says Feld. “It will be helping, in a small way, to keep some dogs alive.”
One of the segments Feld found most moving in the HBO documentary concerns the work of Julie Adams, who welcomes and cares for abandoned Missouri dogs on a small sanctuary. She has been rescuing dogs for over 30 years. She partners with an organization, PAWS New England, to give these dogs foster and adoptive homes in the six New England states. A major effort of Paws New England is to rehabilitate and re-home dogs from high-kill shelters, and to educate the public about the need for spaying and neutering. Paws New England reports that it has saved the lives of over 3,500 dogs. Feld says that more and more rescue groups are banding together to place dogs in foster and forever homes. For example, an organization called Pet Finder has an Internet website through which people can search for and adopt dogs that may be outside of their local communities. Feld says that the compelling stories of dog rescue presented in the HBO documentary should help to focus national attention on the need to deal more humanely with the issue of unwanted dogs in this country.