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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 5:09 PM


by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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I honestly don't have time for a pet other than the 2 fish I have, so I don't get one.

by Ruby Member on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I can seeing being upset about people dropping pets off at shelters, but we rehomed our dog when he didn't adjust to the baby to a very nice family who we are still in contact with. The dog is happy, my baby is happy, and there's nothing wrong with that.  The cats, because they didn't seem to care either way for the baby, got to stay.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM

I completely agree with you and it's the number one reason I have put off getting an animal for years.

by CatMarie on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:11 PM
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I love our doggie, Jake. We got him for our son who has autism. If DS is having a bad day, Jake nuzzles up to him and will sit on DS's lap. It's so cute. 

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

ridiculous eh?

So animal workers, experts and ALLERGISTS reccommendations are ridiculous?

No, giving up on an animal becuase "they're just an animal" is ridiculous and shows what kind of person you are.

And btw both my son and I are allergic to cats, we have 2 and have NO SYMPTOMS using that method.


Quoting Anonymous:

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...

by Pagan Mother on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Agreed.And if you don't get your pet fixed and end up with a litter YOU are responsible for that litter and for finding them homes.

Our cat is pregnant. We were told she was spayed when we got her, but obviously we were lied to. (she will be spayed after the kittens are weaned).

We will work to find homes for the kittens and they will stay with us until they are found homes. I already have one of them spoken for. 

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM
Agreed! My pets are my kids. I love them with everything. My job is to also give them a happy healthy life. They get emotionally connected, just like a human. Getting rid of them is hard and scary for them. It's sad
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by champagne on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

what if u can't afford to feed it after so and so many years.  eiher way i agree, i love cats and dog but still havn't gotten one cuz i know better that i cant afford one now.

by on Jan. 20, 2013 at 5:15 PM


We have 2 dogs and a cat.  DH didnt have dogs before we got together, because they need attention. Cats are pretty independent.

But he loves the doggies....and we have someone who watches them if we go out of town and cannot take them with us.  Camping= they come with and love it.   Hotels=if not pet friendly, they stay home and we have the son of dh's best friend watch them. Hes super responsible, and loves 'em.

Any other time...they are with us.  Just like having children, you cannot just dump them off.   If you dont think you can handle having a pet for up to 20yrs(if gotten as a baby)...then DONT ADOPT!


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