A girl and her dog = forever
So I don't understand this losing interest in your dog thing. What is up with this? Part of our work is reaching out and talking to other members of the animal community. And today I had an individual ask me if he could keep ARLP's contact information handy so that he could give it to the multitudes of people who come into animal control wanting simply to be rid of their dog. Or calling animal control to come and pick up their dog coz they just don't want it anymore.
Grrrrrr. So I gave the person the spiel. We are a rescue. We save dogs who have had a rough go of things, homeless and slated to be euthanized. Foster homes are few and far between to start loading 'em up with with dogs people are no longer interested in. Don't get me wrong. We will help. Help being the operative word here.
I understand that sometimes there are circumstances beyond one's control that forces them to make difficult decisions. I do understand that. But (the classic eraser word my friend's therapist told her) I can not imagine making a decision that would involve getting rid of my beasts.
When I took these dogs in I peered into their faces and promised them that I would do everything in my power to give them a better life than they could ever have imagined. I made a commitment to them. My commitment is not conditional. I rescue for keeps.
Bringing a dog into your home is a serious decision. One that should not be taken lightly and goddess forbid impulsively.
I troll Craig's List (and I so know there are more of you - ahem - Paula) and cannot believe the number of animals people no longer want. And I know they all think they have a good reason and I do realize they feel bad. But come on.
I'm sick of it.
The Animal Humane Society of Minnesota euthanized roughly 20,000 dogs and cats last year. This is one organization in Minnesota mind you. This does not include the number of dogs and cats "put down" by Minnesota animal control facilities. According to the Humane Society of the United States between 3 - 4 million (that is 3,000,000 - 4,000,000) are euthanized every year.
Pop on www.petfinder.com sometime and take a look at all the "Senior" dogs dumped off because yes - death is not fun. Dying is not for the faint of heart. My Ike is 12 years old. His joints bother him, he nibbles his paws to bludgeoned bits (that often cause people to stare - revolted) and he is crabby, just ask the Chi. But there is something noble in the ending of a life. And we owe it to our animals to give them a good death. Our companions do not deserve to be dumped off because we simply "can't deal with it". Deal folks.
My boss and his partner had to put their 14 year old pit bull Shepherd mix down last night. Lula had a good life. Once she was rescued by Jennifer. Toward the end it was not easy for them. There were the scares, the vet visits, diet changes and lord knows the meds. But they were there for Lula. And only when they knew the pain was severe and it was time they honored Lula by saying goodbye with love and dignity. Her life was honored and through tears celebrated with candles and a glass of champaign.
I wish every dog was so lucky.
So if you hear that person contemplating getting a pet and you know it's a bad decision please speak up. For the animal's sake. Jeeze they have computerized pets now - get 'em one and call it a day - give animal control a break.