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The REALITY of dumping you pet

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Dumb Excuses for Dumping Pets

Subject: Sound Familiar? Pass these VOID excuses far and wide!

When you care about animals, work with, or rescue them, you can't stomach people's excuses as to why they "suddenly can't care for" their own. You are essentially telling us that for whatever lame reason you come up with; you no longer wish to be responsible for your pet. Here are solutions..

Be responsible enough to take care of a baby AND a pet. You had your pet first. This is called being an adult! The thought of someone giving up their loving pet, especially after having this animal for years, is just heartbreaking. Animals don't need your excuses. They need family they can truly TRUST.

If you are allergic, you knew this before. You don't suddenly become deathly allergic to them one day. Most people are allergic to pollen or mold, don't always blame it on a pet. If you will simply wipe your cat or dog down each day with a damp cloth, problem solved. The true allergy is to the dander, not the fur itself. "Dusting off" your pet daily can prevent attacks and pointless excuses. If this is an issue for you in the first place, please do NOT adopt a dog or a cat, only to give them up. It's simply not fair.

Are you suddenly too busy for a dog or cat? Please. We waste time on many pointless things. Anyone can find 10 minutes at the end of a day, to sit with our dog or cat. Spending time with pets is therapeutic and lowers blood pressure! Your pet has been waiting for you all day.

The least you can do is spend time with them. For all the people you encounter or talk to all day that may not deserve your time, your pet is always deserving of it. Pets don't want your excuses; they only want you to love them.

For all the people who dump their dogs and cats off at a shelter, be ashamed of yourselves. When you are driving away, leaving your pet behind to grieve and likely end up euthanized, take a few moments to reflect on what an asshole you are.

The reality is when you dump off your animal, regardless of the reason, they don't know know WHY. They are waiting for you to return; to take them home. They often whine, cry and even yelp as if in pain because you abandoned them.

When you never show up or it sinks in that you aren't coming back, they become severely depressed, often refusing to eat. This is the sight irresponsible people spare themselves, while shelter workers have to care for and comfort your grieving pet.

Animals show us unconditional love. Show them love and respect in return.
Not excuses.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 4:56 PM
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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Circumstances change. What if they can no longer afford to feed the pet? I have never given up a pet, but if it came down to it, I would feed my kids over an animal.
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by Anonymous 4 on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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I find this to be ridiculous.

1. If your animal is acting aggressive toward your new baby, I'm sorry but humans always come before animals.

2. I have suddenly become allergic to something. So has 50 million other people.

3. If I have the opportunity to get a better life for my family that requires me to be away for a long time and I am unable to give my animal the attention it deserves, you bet your ass that I will try to find someone that can.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM
I rehomes our dog because he becam aggressive towards the baby.

We took abour a week to find someone who had a environment that would be good for him.
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:05 PM
10 minutes a day may be enough for a cat, but not most dogs. Also, yes you can become allergic to pets later in life.
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Banana has a point but at the same time I've been there and I went hungry for a day to afford my cat's food.

by Sapphire Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM

I agree.  When I adopt my kitties its for life.  Period.  I had my Raja for 17 years and we went through 3 years of diabeties before she finally just got too old to continue :( I still miss her. 

I have 3 cats now and they are ours forever, when we move to Korea for 2 years we will do everything we can to take them with us but if not then I've already got my best friend lined up to watch them while we are gone but the moment we get home they will be with us again.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM
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Those are behaviours that are easily fixed.  Wonderful example of an excuse.

Quoting unusualmom:

We had a cat and i loved him dearly.  Then we brought home our oldest.  That cat hated our baby.  We came home to our house ripped apart by the cat.  Then another time we came home to cat poop all over the house...and these were literally 2 hr visits with my parents.  The cat had to go.  I missed him forever and I still miss him.  We found another family that loved him. :(

by Anonymous 5 on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:06 PM
You don't always know about allergies ahead of time. We had no clue when we got a cat that our toddler was allergic to them. At her age we weren't putting her on daily medicine, and that was the only answer.

A big reason I've seen in our area is finances. We went through a really rough time when we almost lost our house. We wanted so badly to keep our dogs, but we could barely feed our kids and ourselves. We knew it wasn't fair to let the pets starve, so we tearfully surrendered them.
by Anonymous 6 on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I got rid of two dogs a long time ago because my neglect had created some bad animals. They killed an outside cat that we had been feeding. I treat my animals much better now and have rescued two cats and a dog since then. I still feel bad about it. 

Great post btw.

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