No losers here
Despite the best efforts of Washington Area Humane Society and its supporters, the local shelter was not among the three finalists selected to compete for the $1 million Zootoo.com shelter makeover. Although the humane society finished "in the money" as one of 20 semifinalists, one gets the feeling that our area may have gotten "jobbed" in the competition. Zootoo founder Richard Thompson considered three criteria: online voting, community support and need. The Washington area shelter swamped the competition in online voting, the community went above and beyond with its support of the operation when Thompson visited last month, and it's hard to imagine a shelter that could use the makeover more than ours. But sour grapes aside, the humane society has reaped great benefits just through the publicity created by the competition, and one would hope that even though the contest is over, the support will continue and even grow. It's a great cause.
Another animal-related item:
Just as people don't always agree with the things I write on this blog, I don't always agree with the items that appear on the O-R editorial pages. Case in point: the editorial that very nearly denigrated those who turned out for the funeral of Aulf, the Pittsburgh police dog who was shot to death recently by a gunman who subsequently was fatally shot by human officers. The editorial noted that, in addition to the police officers who attended, some of Aulf's fellow police dogs stood at attention during the funeral, and it mockingly said that "we could not discern from the picture if they had flag pins on their collars." The editorial stated that Aulf was doing only what he was trained to do and didn't understand he was putting his life on the line. That may be the case, but it's also true that Aulf's taking a bullet might have saved the lives of the human officers who were with him, and I certainly don't think it's wrong to honor his memory. And based on the letters to the editor we are seeing, I'm not the only one who thinks that editorial was among the most callous items ever to run in the O-R.
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