It breaks my heart every time I read about a pet that has been “given up” because a family had to move, or a because a baby was born, or because the dog was just too active (or in other words . . .untrained!). The other excuses? “I don’t have time for him”, “I can’t afford her”, “He/she has medical issues that I cannot deal with”. Many people go into the adoption (or purchasing) process without having any idea about how much work a new pet can be.
I have known people that have had dogs since they were puppies and then, once they had a baby, had no use for the dog. I have no idea how this happens. It’s not my place to judge, I really just wish I could understand. How did you love this animal like a child and then give it up?
Calgary Humane Society did an amazing campaign that I really loved. “I am a forever dog. Not an “until” dog.” (you can see more here!)
I think it is important for rescue groups and humane societies to educate the public, starting with children! Everyone needs to realize that pets are not something that we get on a whim. They are a lifetime commitment. They deserve love, training, high quality food, and someone that will care for them their entire life.
What else can we do to impress upon people what a huge life choice adopting a pet is? How do we help people keep pets when they feel that they can’t? How can we reduce the number of pets that end up in shelters? These are just a few of the questions that keep me up at night and I hope we can find solutions to in the near future. Kudos to Calgary Humane Society for their brilliant campaign!