I haven't gotten a chance to really lay out here why me and Sam have decided to rescue dogs, just for sheer lack of time and energy (rescuing + a full time job + life is serious business!) but this girl has just laid it out in a poignant way that I hope I'll be able to do someday. Dogs are being put down every day simply for lack of space (and many times, they're put down quite cruelly). But really, how much space do they take up? A spot for a bed to sleep in and some food to eat. A moment or two during the day to play with you.
I say that at the risk of sounding overly dramatic -- I'm not the type of dog person that is under the impression that "my dogs are like my children" or "I like my dogs better than humans." They're dogs. But if you could give them a second chance at life, why wouldn't you?
Go here for a pretty accurate portrayal of the way things work in the rescue business.
P.S. Pepper's lookin' pretty great, and I'll be back with an update on her in the next few days!