"Phil P." > wrote in message
> "T" > wrote in message
> . ..
>> A lot of animal shelters now charge you to drop a former pet off.
>> They should do for pets what they've done for infants. Instead of
>> prosecuting the pet owner or mother, make it a no-questions asked drop
> Some idiot thought charging a surrender fee would reduce the number of
> animals surrendered to shelters by their owners. It did. Instead of
> bringing their animals to a shelter, people dumped them on the side of a
> road or in parking lots or wherever was convenient. Surrender fees are a
> very bad idea. A lot of shelters try to talk the people into keeping their
> pet by laying a guilt trip on them. It may work, temporarily,- until the
> guilt trip wears off. Then, they'll just dump the animal somewhere so
> don't have to hear the guilt trip again.
> Last week Channel 2 News and the regional newspaper in my area interviewed
> us about how the economy was forcing people to surrender their pets to
> shelters- or just dump them because they couldn't afford pet food and
> veterinary care. They edited out the part where I said "these people need
> to get their priorities in order. Its kinda hard feeling sorry for people
> who drive up in a brand new Escalade or Navigator or some other big-ticket
> car whining about not being able to afford pet food". I was ****ed- what
> can I say?
True. I've done without snack foods or restaurant lunches, along with
getting rid of premium cable subscriptions and a lot of other unnecessary
"luxuries" when our finances get tight - but the cats always have their
premium food and vet care. I don't know what it would take for me to have
to surrender one of my babies (maybe being homeless if things get really
bad - and here in the US that's happening more and more as our economy falls
To play devil's advocate, though. A lot of times things are going well for
a family so they have big cars and other things that are, to me, luxury
items - no problem with that if you can afford it. But then something
happens, a job gets lost, a major illness drains life savings, whatever, and
there they are stuck with those luxury items (those that haven't been
repossessed) but still have no money to live on (even selling a car won't
help because 1) nobody is buying big cars in light of the gas price hike,
and 2) they would still have to make the payments on the car because they
surely won't get the cost of pay-off of a new car by selling it as used).
The number of people losing their homes just now in the US is at crisis
proportions as the housing boom turns into a housing bust. The US economy
is falling apart like a house of cards - first the lending/mortgage crisis,
then unaffordable gas prices (which will filter down to the cost of
everything that gets transported across the US, which is everything), then
when businesses get hit because of that people will start losing their jobs
and it will just spiral down even more. One of the results of this is that
as more people lose their homes more pets will be surrendered - it's
heartbreaking. I really don't know what I'd do if that happened to me, I
don't even like to consider it.
Again, I'd skip my own food before giving up one of my clowder, but I don't
think that everyone has the same value system I have (nor do I think they
should), so I try to be understanding when I can. We probably just don't
know the story behind everything we see as being selfish or uncaring.