Practically everyone at the pool had surrounded the kid with the giant bullfrog. Even I was
initially intrigued; how often do you get to be that close to—or get to touch—such an impressive creature? But when minutes turned into an hour and the poor frog had been dropped—with a loud “splat”—on the cement three times before being crammed into a tiny bucket filled with toxic pool water, I got up and headed over.
“Seriously?” my brother-in-law called after me. “You’re going to be THAT person? They’re just kids having fun.” I’m grateful that, after 14 years, my husband is quite used to my in-the-best-interest-of-an-animal interventions, and was quickly able to explain the dirty look I returned, fully averting a family “how to” right there at the pool.
The reality is that when it comes to such instances, most people choose not to be THAT guy. And trust me, I get it. It’s really is easier sometimes to mind your own business. It’s less awkward, less confrontational, less…stressful. But truly, it’s during situations like these that I always have to ask, despite my personal discomfort, “if not me, then who?”
This mantra is the one I believe is also going to give the spay/neuter cause momentum like
never before. For so long, caring people have just stood by and said and done nothing as millions of animals were being put to death. Yes, most have done so because they have felt helpless, not knowing what to do or say to even make a dent in this crisis. But now that we have the answer, now that we know that spaying and neutering will end the killing of millions of animals, it’s time to start being THAT guy. Find a way to talk about it with your friendly neighbor who walks his clearly intact dog by your house each morning. Find a way to reach out to that friend who is determined to breed her dog “just once” so her kids can “have that experience.”
If you are financially able, make a weekly, monthly or yearly contribution to low cost spay/neuter programs in your area, or make it more personal by funding a “Fix” on GetYourFix.org.
So, yes, I’m sorry to say that now is the time for your comfort level to take a backseat. If
we are going to win this battle, it’s time to swallow the stress of those could-be awkward moments. It’s time to be THAT guy. Because, truly, if not you, then who? If not now, then when?
Attention all would-be “That guys” who are just not sure what to say: Please visit http://www.fixit-foundation.org/ for information to share during those in-the-best-interest-of-millions-of-animals interventions.