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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 Gold Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM
Amen!! That made me sad. I couldn't imagine abandoning my babies.
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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM

did you get an allergy test BEFORE you went and got a cat?

Quoting Anonymous:

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 7 on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM
My sister "dumped" her dog on me when her and her husband moved to hawaii thanks to the army. He has a heart murmur and can't fly. I'm glad I got him instead of someone who didn't know him or love him like I do.
by Raye on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM
I have two cats and I wouldn't give them up! all of our cats and did were strays we found as I was growing up.

I had to stop volunteering at or local shelter because I got attached to all the animals. It was so heartbreaking to see old animals come in and the owners give lame excuses as to why they brought them in. the ones who's owners died and were "too old to be adopted out" (the shelter decided this) were the ones I felt the worst on.

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by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:07 PM
We have a cat. He mostly keeps to himself but when he wants attention, we give it to him.
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by Beach Bum on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I'm allergic to cats and I have two. I take a pill. Unless you are deathly allergic I don't see that as a excuse. I'm with you.

by Platinum Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM
I completely agree with you.

I have committed myself to my pets 100%. I have allergies and I manage them. If I'm short on time, I make time for them. My one dog has just developed diabetes and it is a horrible struggle with him now, but I haven't given up, and I won't give up. He deserves the best I can give him.

Animals are living beings that deserve love and respect.
by Silver Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:08 PM

I wish I could love this post......

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM

I HATE hearing the "too busy" bullshit. I think that is my most hated excuse. It seems to be the default answer to people who just don't want to deal with the animal anymore. Didn't they bond with this pet? Don't they realize what responsibility means? Those pets lives are left to the whims of people who shouldn't have even looked in their direction to begin with. 

by Anonymous 8 on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:09 PM
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The animal was there first? That means they are more important than your baby? And you absolutely can develop allergies suddenly. My Aunt in her 40's developed an allergy to her cat that she absolutely loves and has had cats her whole life. The cat is an outside cat now because she simply couldn't handle the swollen itchy eyes anymore. My husband also developed an allergy to cats in his 20's. I let my dad keep my cat and my husband hasn't had an issue since. Also wiping them down with a damp cloth daily does not take away all the allergens. What a ridiculous post...
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