Pets are family, not property
Tuesday, Apr 11, 2017 06:00 am
Pets are not property. I mean, legally they are, but they arenít meant to be treated like a piece of property (unless youíre in the middle of a divorce or something).
A pet isnít like a piece of clothing you buy because itís in style but throw it out as soon as something else comes in. A pet is a family member that should only be removed from the family when its time comes to cross the rainbow bridge.
I have a friend who had three dogs and three cats but gave up two dogs and two cats a few months ago when she split with her boyfriend (who she was living with at the time) because she said she couldnít risk potential vet bills piling in. I personally donít agree with that decision but I also know what itís like to be struggling financially, so I kept my opinion to myself.
Well, just recently, she excitedly sent me a photo of a new cat she adopted. I was appalled. How could anyone easily send an animal away from its home to only turn around and adopt another one a few months later?
I have two cats myself, Bonnie and Clyde, and the thought of giving them up never, ever crosses my mind. Just thinking about the fact that they will die one day is almost unbearable.
I will admit I am a bit of a crazy cat lady and my friends do joke about how much I love and obsess over my cats. But regardless of how much an owner loves their pet, it should never be treated as a piece of disposable property.
I see advertisements on buy and sell sites on social media all the time from people giving up their cat or dog, often one they recently adopted but have decided they donít have time for them anymore.
Donít people do their research and look into what kind of animal theyíre getting and what kind of maintenance they require? I know I did for Bonnie and Clyde. I looked into what it would cost me to feed them and supply their litter, and I called my local veterinarian office to find out the cost for annual vaccinations. Owning a pet comes with responsibilties and for most owners, itís for life.