I'm a caregiver for an elderly lady that has EIGHT DOGS! Three big dogs like Labs and Chows, and four smaller ones like poodle mixes and a teacup sized dog. She wastes so much money on these flipping animals but can hardly feed herself. She won't listen to logic regarding getting rid of one or two of them in order to have more funds for herself as she's on a very fixed income. They've ruined her home as it smells like one big litter box as she can't always let them out on time and they pee/poo everywhere. It's ungodly smelling! She's only supposed to have FOUR animals due to zoning and such. How do I get her to reason? I've known her for ten years.
At her age these animals have become her life long companions and I can see how it must be so hard for her to give them up, but if it is causing an unhealthy living environment, you will need to contact social services of some kind. I'm sure the police department can give you the correct number. It has to be put to her gently and not made to feel like it's about her, but the pets. That they need a good home, because if you say she needs to live better she can always come back with something like they have no one else in the world but her. But if you make it sound like it's what's best for the animals it may make her more likely to give them up. Good luck with all this.
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