Sad Animal Commercials

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Stacykins, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    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.
  2. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    I personally view them as scare tactics. They are used to make people feel guilty for other people's mistakes. I am well aware that there are many issues in the pet community but I believe there has got to be more than one way to reach people. Maybe a commercial could actually show possible solutions to the problem rather than depressing imagery. If more people knew what the actual issues were then I believe that would be more likely to be addressed.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Yes I hate them as well!

    Can't adopt them as well because we don't have the critieria they want us to have in a 'dream' home. So we ended up getting our cats from the breeders and spay them (my first cat had a litter of kittens...NO MORE! Too much work!) Every animal we had, we did them a favor and ourselves, to neuter and spay them.
  4. ChicknThief

    ChicknThief Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2008
    Nor Cal
    Oh I can't stand them. I have to look away or leave the room. I have rescued many animals in the past, but am just not in a position to do so right now.

    Last thing I want to look at is a pair of soulful, starving eyes on a dog that I can do absolutely NOTHING to help. [​IMG]
  5. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    I hate them. Everytime one comes one my youngest wants me to send them money. I dont have the money and if i got money to spare i rather would donate to a local rescue.
  6. rebelcowboysnb

    rebelcowboysnb Confederate Money Farm

    If you want to donate to help animals go give the money to the people helping animals. Go donate to a actual shelter. Don't give your money to a big national somebody so they can spend it to collect more of your money.

    Some of these national somebody may put up to 75% to what they claim to do. Most spend less than 1% on what you think an the rest goes elsewhere.

    HSUS 2009 budget:
    All HSUS outgoing grants:
    HSUS grants to hands-on pet shelters:
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012
  7. Stacykins

    Stacykins Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 19, 2011
    Escanaba, MI
    Absolutely! Local animal shelters benefit more than HSUS, which is PETA in disguise. I think the ASPCA has better values, but still spend money not on the animals.
  8. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 4, 2010
    San Diego
    They made me sad at first, but now I'm numb by them. I agree with Rebelcowboysnb, give to your local rescue agencies or agencies that you know will do something with the money.
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln

  10. Nitrous

    Nitrous Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Coeur d'Alene, ID
    Here Wego. Best rescue animal commercial EVER!

    I want to record Sarah Mclaughlan's song and play it to a dog and record the dog howling along.

    Miska could be that dog!

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