Giving Up Your Pet?
love him, but...
are dozens of lame excuses why people give up their
pets. Most excuses are just that- excuses. People more
than likely can keep their pets- they just don't want
to. When our life situations change, we have to think
of our pets. Instead of doing the little bit of extra
work required to accomodate pets, most people take the
easy way out and simply give the pet up. "I can't
keep my pet" translates into "I don't want
to keep my pet."
is the most commonly used excuse for giving up a pet.
So you're moving? So what? Why can't you take your pet
with you? "Well, the place I am moving to doesn't
accept pets." Lame. With a little more work, you
can find a place that accepts pets. Think of it objectively,
and admit, you really can take your
pet- you just don't want to. An animal is a lifetime
responsibility. Have you ruled out every possibility
of taking your pet with you? A pet can adapt to new
places faster than you might think, as long as you,
you know for a fact the pet is the cause of your allergies?
Of the hundreds of allergens out there, you're sure
it's your pet. Think back a bit. Could the sneezing
have started before you brought your dog or cat home?
Have you seen an allergist to find out if your pet is
the problem? Nope. Because that entails work. It's easier
to just give up the pet. Ever hear of allergy medicine?
that's he's older, the kids have lost interest…
parents agree that the best way for children to learn
about responsibility is by teaching them to care for
a pet. Ask yourself the following question: Is abandoning
your pet because it is not as convenient or as cute
as it used to be a good example for your children? Children
need to realize that pets are living, needing creatures
that should not be cast off like old clothes that no
longer fit. A pet is a responsibility for life.
can't be house-trained...
your dog or cat takes time and patience. Have you given
enough of both? Is there anyone home with your pet during
the day? When you are away from home, isolate your dog
or cat in a less “delicate” area of your
home (such as the laundry room, workshop, or mudroom),
and make sure that essentials such as food, water and
kitty litter are always accessible. Has everyone in
your family taken the time to learn the same house-training
methods, or could your pet be confused by different
signals? Contact your veterinarian for behaviour counselling
or referral to a specialist.
don't have time for him anymore...
people feel there isn't enough time in the day to do
everything that needs to be done, but when you made
the decision to adopt a pet, you made a lifelong commitment
to take care of this animal. Spending a little time
each day with your pet can actually help take your mind
off your problems. Walking your dog or grooming your
cat is a great way to relax and relieve stress. Watching
your pet enjoy the attention is well worth the effort!
have a new baby...
When properly introduced, your cat or dog will most
likely become one of your child's lifelong friends.
Your pet will also provide comfort and companionship.
Human infants usually evoke gentler responses from animals,
and especially from dogs because of their social nature.
By involving your baby and your pet in experiences your
pet enjoys, such as walk time, you will make your pet's
adjustment to the new baby much easier. There is no
valid reason that a pet must be given up just because
you've had a baby. Think about it. "We've had a
baby." So? And that means you can't keep your pet?
Lots of couples have babies, and keep their pets. So
what's your excuse?
can't afford him...
you are having trouble providing basic necessities for
your pet, examine your priorities and spending habits
carefully. Do you need to buy that compact disc or handbag?
runs away all the time...
your pet spayed or neutered? If not, he or she is more
likely to wander. Is your pet being exercised regularly?
Dogs need to be walked or to exercise every day to use
up all their exuberant energy! Taking the time to teach
your dog proper commands, either by yourself or with
the assistance of a professional dog trainer, will keep
him by your side. Is your backyard properly fenced?
If you own a cat, have you considered keeping it inside
at all times? That will stop it from wandering!
neighbours are complaining...
you take your dog for a walk, do you "stoop and
scoop" the “gifts” your dog leaves
behind as you pass your neighbour's lawn? Excessive
barking or scratching could be a result of boredom.
Have you been spending enough time with your pet doing
exciting activities? Most problems can be solved by
providing alternatives and gentle training.
the key here is that you can keep your pet. You just
don't want to.
Can't = won't
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