carrie ann inaba
by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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“Dancing with the Stars” judge and animal lover Carrie Ann Inaba is dedicated to protecting animals, especially dogs and cats who end up in the shelter system.

She had some words of wisdom that she shared on twitter this morning. If everyone listened, the number of animals waiting for homes in shelters, or even worse, being euthanized when a home can’t be found, would be drastically reduced. It’s nothing complicated. It’s nothing extreme. She just wants people to know that animals are not disposable.

Inaba wrote, “When you get a Pet, it’s Forever!!!! Even if you move. You Must find a way to keep ur pet. Put them into a shelter and they could die.”

If you talk to anyone involved in rescue, you’ll learn that moving is one of the biggest reasons people give when they surrender their companion to the shelter system. Maybe their new home won’t allow animals, or they are traveling a bit too far to be convenient to bring their dog or cat. Some leave their animal in the home after they move, hoping someone else will take care of him or her. Sadly, these stories are all too common. But it’s the animals who pay the price.

Listen to devoted animal advocate, Carrie Ann. A pet is forever.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is the author of Choosing a Good Life: Lessons from People Who Have Found Their Place in the World (Hazelden) and Misdirected (Seven Stories Press). She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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