Her point was the "irony" that there are more animal shelters than people shelters.
Here is a response sent by AJRG member Michelle:
Let me start by thanking you for being part of the Animal Justice Rally Group email list. Those people in media outlets can be wonderful assets to a group looking to raise awareness and change people's minds. However, I am taken aback by your tone in your NWFDN article "Animal services outstrip help for the homeless." In the grand scheme, if forced to choose a human life or an animal life (as firefighters often do), the only choice is the human life. The vast majority of homeless persons here in our area are not "well dressed, clean shaven, articulate and careful." Indeed, most have addictions. I have personally seen a homeless panhandler who frequents the Eglin & 98 intersection (holding a "diabetic vet" sign), drunk at Scully's. While I empathize with the physical and mental anguish of addiction, NOBODY started as an addict. They chose to take the first drink, hit, smoke, or whatever. Feral cats -as you singled out - never made their choices. Also, when a homeless person is arrested for "petty transgressions," they aren't given 3 days for someone to claim them before they are put to death, as the vast majority of cats brought into animal control are. I live close to several of the churches in the cold-weather network, and I can attest most who use the hospitality of those churches are rude, scary, filthy, with no concern or respect for the property of others. As a mother, I shouldn't be afraid to let my children use the restroom at the park while playing for fear of who may be lurking inside. No feral cat would harm my children. In short, we all need to "do something." I have chosen to help homeless animals, as well as the victims of animal cruelty, in our region. I agree more can be done to help homeless, particularly children, who truly want "about 100 hands up." Our focus should be on what we can do, not bashing the good works of others.
Have you ever been in an argument about animal causes? Have you ever felt the need to justify your actions? How do you respond when someone says "There's so many people that need help. Why are you helping animals instead?" Is there such a tthing as a "better" cause, or an "unworthy" cause? Why do you think many people see human needs and animal needs in an either/or way?