May 31, 2011
One Hundred Thousand Hearts is a very well-produced documentary of the plight of animals in municipal shelters. The numbers are both staggering and heartbreaking, and while Houston is a very large community in Texas, it is still just one. When you add the numbers across the state, for municipal shelters big and small, it is a sobering reminder that we have a great deal of work ahead of us to wipe out this horrific practice of ‘catch and kill shelters’ and the disposable society we have become.
This documentary interviews veterinarians, shelter workers, rescue groups, fosters, volunteers, and pet lovers on the importance of spaying and neutering pets, as it uncovers and pieces together one of Houston’s (and America’s) most overlooked and under addressed problems: the staggering number of pets that are killed each year due to overbreeding. Through the voices of the people who see it every day, solutions are examined and explained that can stop this animal holocaust from happening, because it is both a humane disaster and an economical nightmare. This is the One Hundred Thousand Hearts website. Click the arrow below to watch this great video!
The Houston area statistics used in the documentary are from Spay/Houston’s Community Assessment, which includes “the findings of the Mayor of the City of Houston’s findings of the Animal Task Force to demonstrate averages by shelter. This was s study conducted by the City of Houston to determine why so many abandoned animals existed and why the euthanasia rate was so high.” Spay/Houston will send their Community Assessment statistics to anyone who requests it.
The Reproduction chart and reproduction statement are courtesy of North Shore Animal League America
This video was originally shared on our Pawsitively Texas social network page February 13, 2011; it is such a great educational video, I wanted to share it again. Great work to the folks in Houston that produced such a great, informative video about the problems facing our beloved pets.