|Barked: Sun Jul 25, '10 1:11pm PST |
|I know first hand the feeling of these perceptions. I am going through a very very very nasty divorce. I was a stay at home mom for YEARS and relied on my now ex husband's income, which consisted of 4k a month from VA dissibility, neither of us had to work. We could afford whatever we wanted, had 3 beautiful children which were spoiled endlessly.
However with my divorce, I lost EVERYTHING! When my ex husband left me, he took every last penny. I had no money, no food, no job, and no car. I had 3 children, a dog, 4 cats and a rabbit plus myself to feed, and it was very difficult. I didn't have transportation right away so finding a job was almost impossible. Right around this time, my Saint Loki had gotten sick with cancer. I had no option but to put him to sleep, but I had no money to pay for it. I went from vet clinic to vet clinic pouring my heart out, and no one would help. They were just going to let my boy suffer and die in pain because I had no money at the time. One vet even told me, that I shouldn't be allowed to own animals, let alone have kids, since I couldn't work. Eventually I did find a vet who did do it for free, and she was a life saver.
We all struggle at some point in our lives. And I think it is harsh to judge people based on their bank account. I now attempt to help pet owners in need. I know how it feels to have an ill pup and not be able to do anything about it. When I lost Loki...I lost my life, and I wouldn't wish that feeling on anyone. I'm not rich by any means, in fact I live still from paycheck to paycheck. I have a dog, 2 cats and 5 kids...plus pregnant. But I make the best out of what I have, and thats all we can do sometimes.
Heck, I wanted to adopt a Saint from a local shelter who was on his death bed. 3 days before he was destroyed, I went in and applied. I was denied because of my income, and he was sadly put down. I can afford what I have, I make sacrifices to do so, but since i'm not making triple digits on my paycheck, I can't even qualify to save a dogs life. Because they SAY I can't afford it, but they don't know that first hand.
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