|11-15-2014 02:35 AM|
I'm really glad I moved stores for exactly this reason. The last one had a shelter branch in the store and owners were still supposed to take animals to the main shelter for intake, but we still had a lot trying to drop off pets in the store. A couple of small dogs were just straight up abandoned in the aisles. Had several people come to me as the dog trainer asking where they could drop off their dog for the shelter to take. And it was almost always something ridiculous like it shed too much, it was too hyper when they didn't walk it, it barked too much when they left it in the backyard. I had to hold my tongue for a really long time.
There was one couple I actually called animal control about. They had a very old small breed dog (a dachsund mix or something) that they didn't want to keep anymore but they didn't want to pay a fee to have it euthanized. So they were actively looking for a large dog aggressive dog to KILL the smaller dog so they would have a new dog and wouldn't have to pay the final fee for the small dog. I had to leave after talking to them because I was physically sickened.
|11-14-2014 06:48 PM|
If you cannot care for your good friend, I think it is actually more honorable to usher them out of life yourself than it is to give them up right at the end. I've had a vet discuss euthanasia as an option for a cat if we couldn't afford the surgery he needed; they put it out there as an option if it wasn't possible to pay for treatment. (He got the surgery.)
The only time I'd reserve judgment is if there are extenuating financial circumstances that mean they really can't pay for either the treatment or the euthanasia. There but for the grace of God...and I can't even imagine how hard that would be.
|11-14-2014 01:11 PM|
|JJSMargo||A disgrace to human race!!! However, look at how people treat each other. Too old too sick-Nursing Home, developmentally disabled child-state home for developmentally disabled, education of children-school's responsibility, don't want to work-there are "no jobs that fit my high level", so sitting on parents' backs is a good alternative, etc...There is no concept of personal responsibility, emotional content, care everything that makes a normal person. Everything is convenience and "I don't want to be bothered" philosophy. Shame, really!!!|
|11-14-2014 12:14 PM|
|Bridget||Another problem I have is with people who give a dog with serious medical problems to a shelter.|
|11-14-2014 11:50 AM|
|JJSMargo||Well, I will say that with conviction. I'm terrible, rarely nice, judgmental, and yes I will say what is on my mind even if it hurts your feelings. I really don't care, but you will get a reality check. This is disgusting leaving an old dog scared and alone, just because he is old. This dog has been with you through all your trials and tribulations, regardless of the kind of 2 legged creature you was-could be a total trash, right?, and this is the payback?! "Can't tolerate the End", wake up Space Cadet, all things come to an end, including you and hopefully instead of a nice warm bed, you get to experience your end in a shelter somewhere in the country.|
|11-14-2014 12:18 AM|
|Hineni7||Stupid typo, meant 19yrs... (have to do all my entries off the phone, typos galore, lol)|
|11-14-2014 12:17 AM|
|Hineni7||Your female Shepherd lived for 29yrs!? Wow! Awesome! Good for you for rescuing those that are less fortunate... It is amazing the love and devotion these wonderful creatures give despite the horrible things that have happened to them..|
|11-13-2014 10:50 PM|
|Natural Beauty Farm||Found a goat tied to a tele pole with a sign saying good eating FREE. He mowed my grass for 15 years. Found two beautiful GSD tied to trees in a backyard that someone moved from, neighbors called because they did not have food or water for a week. Female was my best friend for 19 years. Just yesterday I was visiting someone at an apartment and the neighbor had finches on the porch, temp is 22 tonight and finches are in my living room because she got bored with them when they stopped having little ones. I could go on, have 14 GSD in my rescue right now that all have crazy stories. Like the little puppy that grew into her chain collar and the people could not understand why she was breathing hard all the time.|
|11-13-2014 10:00 PM|
|Loneforce||I always have a police/fire scanner going in my room. around here, it is happening more and more. People take their unwanted animal and tie it to a utility pole, or a guardrail on the side of the highway and just leave them. I really dislike people sometimes I just can not believe people can be that way. The real world sucks...|
|11-13-2014 09:45 PM|
When humans can kill their own children, such as the recent Scotty McMillan case, it is no wonder that this happens to animals.
The planet needs either a giant vaporizing beam or a huge amount of bleach poured into the genepool.
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