The stamps' issuance might not have single-handedly put an end to unwanted litters, but it was an important victory for those of us struggling to bring animal welfare into the public eye as a mainstream national issue. Its spectacular sales laid the foundation for approval of later commemoratives with humane educational themes, notably the "Adopt a Shelter Pet" Stamps championed by celebrity talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, released April 2010.
In my STAMP OUT days, I was fond of saying that human beings have three choices. We can choose to do good; we can do choose to do ill -- or we can choose to do nothing.
Most of us all fall into the latter camp. A crazy economy, family and career responsibilities, health issues -- all can keep our proverbial plates so full they seem to be in ever present danger of spilling over.
Not long ago I was admiring the rescue cats and kittens for adoption at my local Petco when a volunteer from the rescue group walked up to me. In his forties, he had a broad, dare I say dazzling smile -- so dazzling I soon stopped noticing his broken and missing front teeth. "I understand what they're going though," he said, jerking his chin toward the queue of cages from which several hopeful little faces peered out. "Until a few years ago, I was homeless, too."