In the great year of our lord in 2018, I have a hard time swallowing this headline. Apparently, some people still think it’s okay to abandon their pet. It’s a big problem in Fairfield County.
Newtown Daily Voice reports that shelters in the area reported a rise in abandoned animals left at their doors. How scary is that for an animal, really! The animal will have no idea what it did wrong and will have to wait until someone opens the door to let them in.
In the meantime, the animal waits out in the cold or in the dark while wondering what it did wrong. Also, it probably hopes its owner will come back.
Ugh, shaking my fist at people who do that.
Fairfield County police, on the other hand, say abandoning your pet is illegal. They said they consider leaving your pet outside a shelter abandonment.
In fact, if you abandon your cat or dog, you face misdemeanor charges. In addition, you face up to 30 days in prison and a fine up to $500. So, is it worth it?
Plus, animal shelters say abandoning your pet at their door puts their workers at risk. They have no rabies history or know of any medical conditions your pet might have.’
Of course they will want to comfort that animal, but they’d need the all clear from a vet first. Meaning, in addition to the pet waiting outside for someone to find it, it’ll have to spend more time alone in quarantine.
Sure, I understand that not all pets are perfect. Hell, my cat Phoebe pushes the envelope every day because that’s what cats do. In addition, my collie puppy, Harvey, sometimes will chew on me because that’s what puppies do.
But I knew this before taking them into my life and home. I understood that they’d do things I wouldn’t like. But I signed up for this and they’re as stuck with me as I am with them until one of us kicks the bucket first from old age. Also, whatever those two throw at me, I know I can handle it.
I’m not in over my head and we’re not making each other miserable. So, I guess I’m doing something right.
The fact that some people in Fairfield County can look at a pet they brought into their life and go “I’m just not feeling it anymore,” absolutely boggles my mind.
There’s no shame in admitting you were in over your head. Some dog breeds are more challenging than others. Also, some cats may have a personality you don’t click with. No matter the reason, you owe it to the animal you at once wanted to make sure it goes to a better home.
So, there’s no shame in surrendering it. Honestly, pet shelters understand that situations change and appreciate that you gave your pet another chance.
What they don’t appreciate is people upright abandoning their pets as though they’re worthless. It’s terribly heartbreaking and an uncalled for trauma on the animal.
That’s when the shelters WILL judge you.
I know a majority of people reading this will never surrender their pet even if they were offered all the money in the world. But, there might be that one person reading thins who is overwhelmed by their pet and is out of options.
So, if you’re that person, gather up its medical records and any other information, and bring them to a no-kill shelter. The staff there will work hard to match your pet with someone who will be able to give it the proper care and attention it needs.
Seriously, don’t abandon your pets. Don’t be a dingus.