People forget that animals are a commitment, a valuable member of the family, and that they deserve to have the respect, loyalty and love we ask of them returned. There are always unfortunate circumstances when the most loving thing to do is surrender a friend, but there is never a need to abandon them because they are no longer convenient… This fantastic poster from the Calgary Humane Society says it all.
In the United States, 500 animals die every day from abuse – 300,000 die a year. Every year, between 6 and 8 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters, and only about half of them make it out alive. The rest are unceremoniously euthanized.
EVERY animal has its own uniqueness and value, and every animal deserves love, respect and to be treated with dignity. Practice responsible breeding. Spay or neuter your pets. Take the time to train your animal so that it is a constructive member of your family, and of society. And please, take this to heart if you are considering adopting a pet.
You are not an “until” person. You do not want to be abandoned or unloved. You deserve a forever relationship. So do pets.