|Barked: Thu Nov 29, '12 3:27pm PST |
|I just cannot understand how some people can see an animal similar to a lifeless object like a toy or a book or a bicycle. That you can have it when you like and then throw it away or slack with its maintenance. That you can have a malamute or a rottie although you have no interest in exercizing it and you are surprised when animal control is at your door when your neigbours complained about the dog that howls and escapes and bites their pets when on the loose again and you think it's ok to have him chained in your backyard because your girlfriend is afraid of him and he ruins her clothes and chews your new computer and he's earned to be fed on trash because of his bad behavior and how did that nasty rash get on him... Or that you buy an animal, let it amuse your kids for some weeks and then take it to a shelter because feeding it costs money and someone mentioned vet bills.
They may put more effort in what kind of a car or carpet they want than how well a pet would fit into their lifestyle. Cars and carpets can be hidden in the storage but an animal cannot.
I assume that many of those who are not animal enthusiasts do not always realize how much an animal can think, learn, and feel or that they are not automatically Lassies or Rin Tin Tins or that nice therapy dog from next door or kittens-are-for-ever (though I find adult cats very pretty and interesting animals).
I don't know how much we have present-dog-given-to-rehome problems here but I know one case of two guinea pigs whose life could have been happier if they weren't presents and if their new owner were really interested in them more than few months. And cats... Every summer people take cats and when September rises the now adolescent animal is left behind to their summer place to starve. A lucky one gets rescued. I've heard this problem might be decreasing when today people stay all summer in the cities and have less time to be at their summer places if they even have one. But cats left alone still crowd the shelters every fall when cold weather drives the born half-wild or abandoned young cats to wander into people's yards and meow for food.
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