Post # 47
We adopted our amazing malamute/husky mix from the shelter. At the time, he was 2 years old. He was a “lost dog” that no one came to claim. A week before we came in, a guy had adopted him and kept him for 24 hours before “realizing” that his apartment was too small for such a large dog. Because he clearly couldn’t figure that out before bringing our pup home and giving him a sense of hope.
About 4-5 days after we adopted him, he started showing signs of kennel cough. Our shelter has a vet who does a free first visit if the animal shows symptoms from kennel cough. When we drove Hurley back to the shelter, he FREAKED OUT when we pulled up. It took both of us to force him inside the vet while he yelped and stalled. I firmly believe he thought he was being surrendered again. Poor baby 🙁
Post # 48
Sad 🙁 at least dogs and cats aernt endangered
Post # 49
@Starling13: I really wish you had named your thread differently.
This is not what happens when you surrender your pet, this is what happens when you surrender you pet at a kill shelter. There are plenty of shelters that are no kill, like the one I volunteer at. It would be better if people did their research and also if people realised that owning a pet is a privilledge and not a right.
Post # 50
I would never, ever think of buying a bred animal. My two babies and best friends (brother ginger tabby’s) were found by a woman from a rental agency checking a house after the tenants moved. They were found emaciated, coated in fleas, with worms, suffering heatstroke outside under a bush cuddling together.
My best friend coaxed them out and saved their little lives. They were no more than a few weeks old and I think they will always be a little small compared to other cats, probably stunted growth from being starved. One more day in our 35-40 degree heat and they would have died.
I was in my first apartment and wasnt allowed cats, but once I first met them I couldn’t let them go. They will be with me till their bitter end. I knew if they went to a shelter they would have been put down right away, they were so malnourished and dehydrated all they did for a solid five days was sleep, eat and drink.
Plus, these two little survivers, who clung to eachother till what was nearly their end, would have been separated no question. They need eachother, they aren’t just brothers, more than half an hour without eachother and they start to really stress out, they claw at doors, cry, carry on and can’t calm themselves down.
I dont think anyone who surrenders a pet realises how bad separation anxiety can be. They love us just like a child loves a parent, or even as a parent loves a child!
Sorry for my rant, my boys are so special to me I get so emotional thinking about when and how I got them!
Post # 51
My Darling Husband works at a shelter (it’s not no-kill, but animals don’t have expiration dates either – they euthanize those that are incurably ill or violent and unable to be rehabilitated).
They do euthanize many of the dogs who are surrendered, but only because many of the surrendered dogs they deal with are those who were declared “dangerous dogs” by the court and the owners have decided they’d rather surrender the dog and have it put down than deal with the expense and restrictions of owning a dog deemed a “dangerous dog.” They are not legally allowed to adopt out those ruled dangerous (it’s not an arbitrary ruling, btw).
Also, not all shelters use gas chambers. Any animals put down at this shelter are given an injection in a process very similar to the way a vet puts down an animal, and unless it needs to be sent to the health department for a rabies check, the animal is cremated (never given to science or pet food or any other bizarre use).
Post # 52
And this is why we are adopting our second dog. F***ing sad.
Makes me wonder how good of parents people who abandon their dogs are… (No offense, but it really does make me wonder)
Grow a heart world 🙁
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Post # 54
@j_jaye: I am curious as to the location of your shelter? Here in the US it’s pretty hard to guarantee that an animal stays the shelter it was surrendered to – just because the animal is originally surrendered to a No-Kill shelter doesn’t mean that it gets to stay at that facility until it either is adopted / fostered – chances are that it will be transferred to a different shelter that may have different policies.
It’s a grim reality, but truly once that animal is handed over they lose any and all rights.
That being said, I know there are a few shelters that are an exception and they will let the animal stay as long as needed, or until they “turn”.. The problem with this is that these types of shelters are few and far between with minimal funding and are usually over-run with abandoned / surrendered animals. It does not take too long for a depressed and abandoned animal to either “turn” or fall ill..
I agree that people should absolutely do their own research, however, as ugly as the title of my thread is I do not regret that it is named as such. I also feel as though it is not misleading considering that the majority of surrendered animals do not find themselves in a no-kill type shelter – or if they do it does not take very long for their health or temperament to become compromised. Since this is a public forum I do hope that people who are researching options when considering surrendering their animal come across my post.
Hopefully this will prevent at least 1 animal from being surrendered and in turn the owner decides that Re-Homing is a much better decision for their dependent pet.
Post # 55
Getting a pet is like deciding to have a child. I irks me that so many people just pick one up like an accessory. My FH and I so badly want our own dog, but know that our current circumstances are too precarious to make a 15 year commitment. We dogsit practically every weekend for my family dog, but I’m just aching for a furbaby of my own. We have decided to not get one until we are more settled, though we’re thinking that fostering may be a good idea for now. The decision to get a pet should not be taken lightly. We’ve been having update conversations for three years now, but there are still a few more goals that need to be reached before be can afford a safety net for vet bills and pet care.