It always amazes me how many people get animals and are just not willing to commit to caring for that animal – or animals – for the life of the animal. Now I understand sometimes things happen – money issues, health issues, etc. but these are not the things I am talking about. What I am talking about is the people who get the animal because it is “cute” and then as soon as it grows up or behaves in a way they dislike they get rid of the animal – some not even bothering to find it a home.
It is true, wild animals do take care of themselves – but domestic animals really do rely on us – and yes, they do have instincts but tossing them out on the street is cruel. Let’s face it, the cold hard truth is they are likely to die or end up in a bad situation out of desperation. Consider that many animals live 10 years or more – so when you think about getting one, think about them the same way you would a human child. Are you really willing to share your life with that animal for the length of its life?
Now as I said, I understand things happen – and none of us really know what the future is going to bring. Responsible pet owners often do have to find a new home for their beloved pets. This is never easy – but there are ways to make it easier for your pet. First of all, make sure the person you give the pet to really wants it and is willing to make the same commitment that you did to your pet. Now when I say pet, I also mean livestock. It really upsets me when I hear of pets or livestock being abused, not fed, etc. They do not ask to be treated this way nor do they deserve it. If you cannot or are not willing to make the sacrifices necessary to love and care for the animals you own – or want to own – then please just walk away and let someone who is willing have them.
Please think about this the next time you consider getting an animal. Now I do understand many of us get livestock to butcher or to raise and sell the young. I understand sometimes knowing if the person coming to get our pets are going to be loving and give them a good home. Keep in mind that animals sense what we often do not. Pay attention to your animals reaction to the others. That is a huge clue in itself. Ask questions too – and remember if you don’t think the person and your pet are a good fit, it is ok to just say no.