I don't know if this is the right forum but I just saw an article about a family that had a german shepherd who was 17 years old and they gave it up to a shelter and then another article of a family giving a gsd up that protected their family from a bear. What is the matter with people? What is their mindset? Is it that they think of their pets as pieces of furniture? They probably abandon their parents in a nursing home and forgot them too. There was a case here in town at the local Human Society where the wife made them give up their GSD and the kids begged to go visit him. The poor thing was all excited thinking he was going home and they left again. The dog died 2 weeks later. Even the people who lived across the street moved and just left their cat. A guy out at work told me about his wife rescuing a purebred dog that was laying inside a house after the family moved out but before they left they cut the babies out of her so they could sell them and left her there to die. His wife rescued the poor dog and still has her. This country needs much stiffer penalties for animal abuse. I'd like to take people who abandon animals or people that give them up because they've become to much of a bother out into the middle of no where and leave THEM.
My co-worker told me this morning that he had a friend who's wife brought home a small breed puppy. They had the puppy a few days but it kept messing on their new carpet. So the man took the puppy to the pound that night. My co-worker asked how could he do that at night? The pound was closed. He said he just left the puppy by the front door. It would be fine. It'd hear the other dogs and stay there until they opened in the morning.
When my co-worked told his wife, she insisted on going and getting the puppy. The found the puppy at the shelter and took it home. That was over 12 years ago and they lost that 'puppy' last night. It died in it's sleep.
Hondo Von Dopplet L Bauernhof "Hondo"- GSD
Lilie's Tug McGraw "Tug" - Golden Retriever
Maggie - Mini Dachshund (Rescue)
Lonestar Pivo - Texas Blue Lacy
Ashe - Barn Cat
Katie / APHA
I am with you there!!! I nearly ripped my co worker a new one because he was talking about rehoming his 11 year old lab who was having problems holding her pee.. he said he just couldn't handle it anymore but no one wants an old dog... it INFURIATED me!
I have also had a coworker, when I worked in Germany, tell me to just leave Titan at the house when I moved back to the states and he's sure someone would take him (I was having a hard time with flights for him and my PCS).. said that's what he did with his dogs when they became a chore.. OMG I could have killed him right there.
I do not get the mindset either because I couldn't even imagine doing something like that.. I couldn't imagine viewing Titan as a discardable item in my house.. blows my mind and infuriates me.
Commander Charly Titan (GSD)-15 Jan 2010
This is the exact reason that I could never do intakes at the shelter. Even though our shelter is a no-kill, I wouldn't be able to not be rude to people. We hear the DUMBEST excuses for giving up their pets or bringing back pets they have adopted. Don't even get me started...loyalty from the human race has gone right out the window.
P.S. (ok you got me started) the other day a big, beautiful GSD that we adopted out to what at the time appeared to be a lovely family came back. The vet said he had "bad hips" and would have to take supplements. They didn't even bother to have him xrayed and anyhow big deal, Heidi had to have supplements since she was 5. If you ask me, just looking for a reason to dump the poor guy.
"....a family that had a german shepherd who was 17 years old and they gave it up to a shelter"
I have met a few people who simply cannot deal with the "end"....and cannot find it in themselves to take their companion to the final goodbye. I wonder if this could possibly be the case with the 17 year old??? Probably not.
I couldn't agree more. It makes me sick to hear of people getting rid of their pets, especially older ones. To me a dog is a family member, your responsibility and you never give up on them. Dogs have been bred to be loyal and dependent on people so the least we can do is try and be loyal back.