Post # 16
I totally agree OP, I form extremely strong connections to all of my pets and hate that people can just pass them on/sell them when there isn’t a VERY good reason to! Of course there are times when this really is the best option but I feel people can be so heartless! I think your example of the 13 year old dog is appalling and I personally could not wave goodbye to my dog (my family member/friend!) seeing them disappear off in a stranger’s car!
i have horses, one has been difficult at times but he’s had a hard time in the past, I couldn’t even comprehend the idea of sending him off to a new home unless there really was a catastrophe, luckily nothing has made that ever become necessary. Point is that I bought him knowing he would likely have another 20+ years to live, I dread the day that anything happens to him. I have all kinds of pets and feel the same about ALL of them!
Post # 17
i volunteer with a no kill rescue organization and it breaks my heart when there is a pet there that was surrendered. They usually look the most scared. If I could I would take them all home with me and give them extra love.
My grandma seems to think pets are disposable and I can’t stand it. She had a cat once and she got rid of it. She was in the hospital and they put her on blood thinners. She made my dad get rid of the cat for her while she was in the hospital. No goodbye. She claimed it was because of the blood thinners. That cat would have never scratched her hard enough for it to be a problem. We think it was really because her boyfriend at the time didn’t like the cat and she finally found an excuse. she also made that cat so weird I’m sure it was deemed unadoptable at the shelter and euthanized (we couldn’t take her because the one time we tried to cat sit she viciously and relentlessly went after our cat). She also likes to proudly tell the story of when she had a dog for a few days but took it back because it could tell she wasn’t a dog person (her words). Why on earth would you adopt a dog if you’re not a dog person. at least that dog had a chance at a normal home without her. Some powple should be allowed to adopt pets.
Post # 18
the worst is my area is more rural and people use dogs for hunting a lot. So I always see hounds and beagles in shelters because they either got out and the owner doesn’t care (doesn’t view them as pets, only for hutning) or the hunter willing let them out because they are too old to hunt. I was at an adoption event the other weekend and there was a young (as in less than year old) pure bred Pointer. The story on the crate was that the owner had dogs bred for this puppy and it turned out the dog wasn’t good at hunting so they dumped him at the shelter. That kind of shit pisses me off and why I don’t think people should be allowed to use dogs for hunting.
Post # 19
There’s a big difference between rehoming because of exceptional circumstances/the best interest of the animal, and casually dumping because you can’t be bothered anymore. While neither of us can pass judgement on this specific case, I can tell you that the latter happens constantly.
Post # 20
Yes, it does, but since no one really knows what is going on in the situation the OP is describing…..
Post # 21
Yes. We adopted a purebred coonhound from a rescue that was initially found as a stray out in the country, he was only about a year old when they found him. He’s terrified of loud noises (ie gunshots). We have strong suspicions that he was bred to hunt and either ran away or wasn’t good at hunting and was released. My husband grew up in a very rural area in Tennesee and his neighbor used a lot of hunting dogs. I kid you not, when they could no longer hunt, he ate the dogs (the neighbor, not my husband).
I can’t imagine rehoming an animal for any other reason than it being in the best interest of the animal. I especially don’t like the ones that just throw their pet out as soon as they have a baby as some PPs have mentioned. Like, I get it if the animal is suddenly aggressive and actually poses a threat to the child (my Nana, who babysat me everyday as a child, found a new home for her dog after it bit my face as a kid, and I understand that), but just not feeling like taking care of it anymore is a lame excuse.
Post # 22
The more we shame people who give up their pets, the more likely we are to see abandoned strays on the streets. In most cases, people have already made up their minds and said their goodbyes. All we can do is provide shelter, food, and care for unwanted pets and offer them hope for a new home.
Post # 23
HE ATE THE DOGS?!?! I am speechless…
Post # 24
Yep, his rationale was that they were of no use to him anymore and why waste good meat, they were just like livestock to him, like a chicken that stopped laying eggs. Now, they were about as poor as it gets and had to hunt for their food up in the mountains, but still… Needless to say, DH was pretty disgusted by this, they also had hunting dogs that they treated as pets, but this was a very long time ago in a very different place, there wasn’t really anything anyone could do about it.
Post # 25
I adopted a 8yo dog (my first!) when his owners surrendered him because he was ‘old’… funny how he’s magically lived another 4+ years! And is FAR more active, social and playful at 12 than he was at 8!
With him, as well as my older horse, I have it spelled out that should I die and the animals can’t be taken care of (unlikely, but still!) by my Fiance or parents, they are to be put down. I think it’s kinder.
For my younger dog, I have a four figure sum to go to the person (there’s a list!) who takes in the dog. For my younger horse, there are perameters in place as to who is able to sell him (persons I trust to sell him to an appropriate home), because he would NOT be happy as a ‘pasture puff’ for 20+ years.
Post # 26
Devil’s advocate here.
I have a dog who I love very very much and have had for several years. Well, I have apparently developed a major allergy to him over time. My allergist says that this sometimes just happens–an allergy that has been lurking in the background for years can be ignited by any kind of immunological trigger and ramps up into overdrive.
I now take multiple antihistamines every day and complete various regular rituals to control allergens in our house, although I currently can’t start immunotherapy for reasons I won’t go into. It is way beyond “annoying”. I have had major health consequences as a result of my allergy to our little guy (recurring infections, lowered immune system, good stuff). Since I am still having problems under “maximum therapy”, we have definitely had the discussion a couple of times about whether our dog should move in with a family member. We love him to bits, so this hasn’t happened yet and we are still doing our best to make it work.
Since I know the anguish of trying to decide whether a member of your family (however furry) needs to move out for your health and well-being or, honestly, survival, I have empathy for those who don’t have the luxury of a trusted friend or family member to provide their pet with another home and need to rehome them through a rescue or other organization. It is a terrible choice to have to make.
I think it’s generally a good idea to try walking a mile in someone else’s shoes before you judge them (or shame them, for that matter).
Post # 27
yeah I mean if you need the food, you need the food. I just couldn’t ever do that because my dogs are my family. I’d rather eat grass and berries than eat my dog.
Post # 28
You’re right, I don’t know the entire story. I typically try not to judge. I’ve also had to rehome a dog. It was a young puppy and after a few days with us it started showing alarming signs of aggression toward both dogs and non-family members (at only 4 months old). We met with several trainers, behavioralists, and vets to work out the best solution. They said it could be managed, but would always be a problem/risk that needs to be worked on and we would never be able to completely trust the dog. We just had too many young kids coming and going from the house to warrant that risk — we rehomed. It felt terrible, but was the right thing to do for both animal and family. Dog is in a quieter/low stress environment and we have a dog that LOVES kids and strangers (terrible guard dog though :D).
So I’m NOT against rehoming. It just breaks my heart to see a loyal dog of 10+ years being passed on to a stranger because of allergies.
Post # 29
if you die your pets have to, too?!!
Post # 30
All of the judgment on here is so offensive. You people judging allergies when you don’t even know the person and aren’t treating them, you are out of line.
if you force a loved one with allergies to keep exposing themselves, guess what can happen? Allergy induced asthma, and that doesn’t go away.
So, thank yourselves when you have to drive a love one to the ER because you decided they could just suck it up on some allergy medicine.
I know someone whose child almost died like this.