People Do Not Use Forethought
People could be forgiven for having to give their pet up for re-homing because, although they have tried every avenue to resolve the problem, genuinely unforeseeable circumstances have made it impossible for them to continue to care for the pet.
Unforeseeable circumstances are events people would never in a million years have imagined would happen during the lifetime of their pet.
However, the majority of reasons that dogs and cats end up in shelters and being put to death is because people do not use enough forethought before buying the pets.
The puppies and kittens people buy are often purchased from pet shops and back yard breeders, or other bad breeders. They are sold indiscriminately, to anyone willing to pay, no matter how irresponsible or unsuitable.
Quite predictably, further down the line, the owners circumstances change.
They end up getting a job and are out at work all day, or their relationship breaks up, or they have a baby, etc.
As a result, they decide the cat or dog is now too much of an inconvenience.
The most common reasons for abandoning pets are easily predictable circumstance changes like those. If people took pet ownership seriously, they would realise that they are responsible for that pet’s welfare for it’s entire natural life.
They would use forethought and consideration before getting it, and make contingency plans for if, or when, their life circumstances may change within the pet’s life time.
Pet abandonment would then not be the huge problem it is and the massive number of innocent animals would not be put to death.
It is important that people ask themselves questions about how they would continue to care for the pet if certain situations, such as financial hardship, a birth, a relationship break up, long working hours, having to move to rented accommodation, etc, occurred, before making such a serious, long term commitment.
The sad fact is that a huge number of dogs and cats do NOT get adopted. The percentage of dogs and cats killed in a large number of shelters is around 75%, whilst only 25% get adopted.
It is estimated that in the UK and US alone, between 4 and 5 million animals a year – mainly cats and dogs – are put to death in a variety of ways. Some countries deal with their cat and dog overpopulation by killing them in extremely inhumane ways. See Cruel Animal Overpopulation Controls.
Image: A small, terrified dog is dragged away to be put to death after being abandoned and not adopted whilst in the municipal council shelter. Other dogs look on. It won’t be long before it is their turn. The dog’s death may well be an unpleasant one. See the
Animal Overpopulation Controls page. Source
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