Sadly, not every Poundie is lucky to be offered their life-saving rescue space. Many die in pounds with no pound helper groups, where no one gave them a name; alone, afraid and known only as a number, they die wondering where their people have gone and why they didn’t want them or love them any more.
Others, despite all the will in the world and with people who care trying to help them, their lives are taken; they are the victims of human greed and irresponsibility and they will never be forgotten.
The Dogs’ Trust Stray Dog Survey 2012/2013 estimates that around 9,000 abandoned dogs are killed in pounds in the UK every year.
This poem by one of Pounds for Poundies’ supporters Carole Oliver is dedicated to every one of those precious lives who paid for their people’s irresponsibility and greed with their lives. They are gone, but they are not forgotten.
Prayer for the Poundies As I lay me down tonight I think of these babies and of their plight I hope and pray that they can sleep These ones the owners didn't keep Abused, abandoned, thrown away Alone, unloved and labelled, stray For this they pay the ultimate price No trial, no appeal, the sentence - life As they dream their dreams of loving homes With soft, warm beds, and tasty bones It's cold concrete, and metal bars Surround them in their sleeping hours And when these angels finally wake It's to loud, strange noises and locking gates Hidden away, where few eyes can see The clock counts down inevitably And on the morning when at last their free They wag their tails excitedly But what's waiting for them? A new family to meet? Or the sting of a needle, and a long, dreamless sleep? (c) Carole Oliver 2014