How Animal Welfare Killed a Word

This is a well written post that also demonstrates effective marketing tools to encourage pet adoption (professional quality photos). I wish I had written it.


We rescuers have this tendency to use certain jargon to convey how badly an animal needs adopted or rescued. I’ve fallen into the trap myself, which you can read about here. The most popular of these words is probably “URGENT” which is commonly followed by a date. That date is usually the date the dog will be put to sleep, the PTS date, the euth date, the death date, the date of destruction when the dog will be “murdered”, “killed”, “destroyed”. URGENT is normally followed by words like “beg”, “plead”, “implore”, “angel”, “share” and those catchy slogans we all love to hate, my least favorite being, “Don’t shop, adopt.” (Sorry rescue pals, I just despise could do without that one.)

All in all, pretty depressing stuff, no doubt.


Now let me tell you why I detest seeing the word “URGENT” in a post about a dog needing help.


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Billy and Beth Harwell own and operate Dog Walkers & More at Coddle Creek, LLC, a pet sitting service located in Mooresville, NC. We provide peace of mind for pet parents when they must be away. We service pet families in Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius and Mount Ulla, NC, Our two Springers, Luke &; Trooper, assisted by the able Brittany, Daisy do their best to keep us in line. We frequently share memories of our late Beau, a wonderful Brittany. Beth writes about the pet-human bond. Please visit our website for details about our services and check out our social media sites for loads of fun. Thanks for stopping by.
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