I was shocked to learn that 30 states use gas chambers to kill dogs that are up for adoption at shelters, but are not adopted. I did not know this barbaric practice was in place. Daniel the beagle was one of those dogs put in a gas chamber with 17 other dogs. When the door was opened, Daniel walked out. His tail was wagging.
A vet explained that there could have been an air pocket that helped Daniel escape the gas. We can try and find a reason that makes sense to our human minds, but I believe without a doubt that something bigger was at work that Daniel walked away-- full of life-- with a very important mission and message to share.
I was delighted when I learned that Daniel was adopted by my friend Joe Dwyer. Joe is a man of deep compassion for animals-- Daniel and Joe were meant to have found each other-- no doubt what-so-ever in my mind.
Joe, Shelby and Daniel
I spoke with Joe today and his first and foremost concern is Daniel's well being- to ensure he gets to be a dog with lots of playing time, enjoying his new family, and plenty of down time to just be a dog. It is one of the biggest things I appreciate and admire about Joe- his devotion to our furry companions and their well being. Second, he knows Daniel is a miracle and the message to outlaw gas chambers is a very needed and important one. He and Daniel are working hard to put into place "Daniel's Law" in Pennsylvania that will end this awful practice.... and hopefully all other 30 states will follow.
You can help Joe and Daniel spread the word just like we are doing. Share on your blog if you have one, share on Facebook, Twitter, wherever you can. Awareness brings positive changes. Every little bit helps.
No dog should ever, ever have to die in this way. They are living, breathing beings that deserve so much more. As it says on his website, "Adoption is the answer." So share his story where you can... I can assure you Daniel's tail will wag for your efforts. And all the dogs that will be adopted because of Daniel's story will thank you with complete love and devotion to you till the end of their time here on earth.
I encourage you to watch Daniel, Joe and his wife, Gerilynn on the Anderson Cooper show this Friday at 3:00pm CST.
Please also visit and friend Daniel on Facebook, and also check out his website where he will be sharing updates of his work to end pet gas chambers.