Anyways - back to my point. I had lots of time to think - as I was slouched behind my steering wheel hoping to catch a glimpse and a picture of Lucy. We No Kill Advocates are a bit of an unorthodox bunch and there is more than a few traditional shelter directors that wish we would go away. But too bad, so sad - we're not. So if you're looking for us - here's the typical profile of a No Kill Advocate:
1) An inquiring mind. Always wants to know the Why, What, Who, When, Where and How of animal welfare to figure out ways to improve the system.
2) Usually starts out as a typical shelter volunteer but becomes disenchanted when simple suggestions to save lives go unheeded. Often becomes labelled as a "troublesome" volunteer - more problem than they're worth.
3) Smarter than average. Reads everything that they can gets their hands on - shares, blogs, posts, and arms themselves with facts and statistics to defend their position against the naysayers.
4) Often willing to get involved politically - because they realize that true change will come when good laws and policies are implemented that will save lives and taxpayers' money.
5) Willing to attend conferences, seminars, webinars, etc. at their own expense. Again, to strengthen their position. Whereas - the dinosaurs and naysayers are too busy "in the trenches" to read anything new or attend any progressive animal welfare conferences that may save lives.
6) Good sense of humor. They are amused and emboldened by the fact that they are a threat to the status quo. I laugh when I hear the bizarre rumors that people try to spread about me and I honestly feel sorry for folks who have nothing better to do than to gossip. (I guess you do have some time on your hands in the trenches). I didn't play the gossip game in 6th grade and I'm certainly not going to start it now.
7) No Kill Advocates meet in coffee shops and fast food restaurants. They are rallying by the tens of thousands. They couldn't make a difference "within" the system so they have to try a new approach. They are educating the masses and spreading the word about cities like Reno, St. Louis, Austin, Charlottesville.
And when you think about it - isn't it a bit sad? They're treated like the criminals, the outsiders, the troublemakers. When all they're trying to do is save lives.
“He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery.” - Harold Wilson
And I got my picture of Lucy!