What would you do if you felt a member of your family was past their prime? Would you drop them off at a shelter, hoping someone would take them in, and that they wouldn’t end up dead? Neither would I. That’s why I was infuriated when an area humane society (the one where I got two of my three dogs, incidentally), posted the following on Facebook. I know not everyone agrees with me, but pets are family.
Are you kidding me? Chewey is just 8, in good health and so freaking adorable. Luckily, he was adopted. But you just give him away because you think he’s too old? I would NEVER. I understand if the owner or the pet has major health conditions and good care is not possible. Situations happen, life happens. But this is just ridiculous.
My dogs are 4,11, and 12. I’ve had the two older dogs for 10 years, and they’ve only grown sweeter and more endearing over time. They are not going to win any dog shows and the white and gray hairs have been filling in. But adopting a pet is not a whim or a part-time gig. It’s a commitment to take care of that pet throughout their life. Anyone who adopts a pet within any other intention is simply being selfish.
Here’s a great example. I found my third dog, Anya, on Craigslist. Her owner had a baby a few months earlier, the baby had been sick and she felt she didn’t have time for this sweet puppy. Anya was just six months old at this point. So WHY would you adopt a puppy when you are pregnant, thinking oh if it doesn’t work out, I’ll just get rid of her? It’s sickening.
Anya, 4 and Chloe, 12
I could go on and on about the ways my pups have improved my life, been there for me, and brighten my days. But truly, even if you’re not a dog person, it comes down to decency. Be a person of your word and don’t take on commitments you can’t see through.
Thank you to the Nebraska Humane Society and amazing rescue groups in our country for taking care or our four-legged friends and bringing issues like this to light.