Friday, February 25, 2011

To People who abandon their pets

To the people who take their pets and leave them not at a shelter, not even at animal control or someones house or a pet store (which will take them to animal control), to those who leave them on the street, at a park, or in a field.

So maybe you didn't want your pet anymore, maybe he or she peed behind the sofa, or scratched your chair. Maybe you got a new job, got married, had a baby and didn't have time for them anymore. Maybe they just weren't as cute as they were when you got them at six or eight weeks old. Maybe they belonged to your son or daughter and they didn't take care of them enough or they went off to college and you didn't want to take care of them in their absence. Maybe you found out you, your kids, your husband, your aunt who visits all the time or your grandma who lives with you.

I don't care. I don't care why you did it. You, are an irresponsible low life. Did you think they would be okay? Did you think that someone would take them? Did you think that they are animals and could take care of myself? Maybe you felt guilty. You probably did, maybe it was for five minutes, maybe a few days, or even a few weeks or months. But eventually he or she fell out of your mind, and you forgot about them.

But guess what. They are still here, and they are not okay. I see them everyday, single day. Every time I step outside, or even go near my doors. I see them, cold, wet, alone. They come to me and cry for food, and for love. I give them what food I can, I pet their wet fur, I feel the scabs under their fur, I feel the bones under flesh. I hold them and cry as they purr with my fingers and know I cannot take them in and give them my undivided love, a home, a warm bed, all the food they can. Why I can't do this doesn't matter, the point is I cannot.

And I shouldn't have to. I shouldn't have to see them suffer because of your irresponsibility. I shouldn't have to feel that gut wrenching pain. I shouldn't have to be the one desperately trying to find them a home or to take them to a shelter. Because you should have done that in the first place.

Pets are living, breathing beings, and they are not disposable. They are domesticated, they don't have all the skills to care for themselves in the wild, especially if they are raised indoors. They have been breed, by people to loose some of their wild instincts, and to fit into human life style. They are breed to love people, to stay by their side and to depend on them for food, water, shelter, and affection.

So thank you people for helping contribute to the unwanted pet population, thank you for contributing to animal suffering, and thank you, for making me try to clean up your mess. I will try to catch them, take them to a vet, and maybe, just maybe I will be lucky enough to find someone to love them.

Some fun facts for you:
-There is an unknown amount of stray cats and dogs in the US, but it is estimated that there is around 70million stray cats.
-About five to seven million animals enter shelters each year, about 60% of dogs and 70% of cats are euthanized, mainly because there is no one to take them home
-The cost of spaying or neutering a pet is less expensive then caring for one puppy of kitten for a year (average litter is 4-6)

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