You know those ASPCA commercials that show pictures of abandoned, abused, and sad dogs and cats? I know they're meant to tug at the heartstrings and get people to donate, but when I see them, I always have an overwhelming need to change the channel because make me feel miserable! Does this happen to anyone else? I'm not against the plight of animals in need. All the family dogs (I am currently dogless, *gasp*) are always rescues from the local shelter, and in the past I've volunteered at shelters. We've adopted ones who were not very adoptable either (no puppies). Like Emma, a terrified three year old lab who growled at anyone who approached her cage but was really a loving, sweet dog just eager to please. She was going to be euthed because of her behavior. Or Ben, a six year old black rottie/dalmatian mix (the DNA test surprised us too, we could see the rottie in his head shape, but thought he was a lab mix!). These dogs don't scream ADOPT ME to the general public, and all our adoptees were at the end of their lifelines at the shelters. My lovely meezer mutt kitty cat is also a rescue. But I just hate those commercials. Do you think they work, which is why they stay on the air? I mean, I hope so, there are too many animals in shelters and they need help. But that doesn't tackle the real root of the problem with pet overpopulation.