Reasons Why People Surrender Their Pets
by Elisa Black-Taylor
My newest funny-faced baby MandyLane
The captions to three of the above photos are some examples of why the so called "human race" throw away their loving cats. These are some of the cats I've had through the years and I added the captions.
Good morning readers. I'm kind of breaking the rules a little with this video, but I believe it worthy of your time. For one thing, this video of the unwanted pets at the shelter where I do my rescues is the story I hear of pets everywhere. This video is excellent in its production, music and photos. It get's the point across in a most straightforward manner.
This video is #3 out of 5 made by the Greenville County Animal Care employees. I chose it because it lists the many reasons people surrender their pets.
I'd like to add that all of the surrendered pets pictured were saved from euthanasia.
This video really makes me mad at the world. I want each of you to watch it and see the many reasons people turn in their pets. These were supposed to be members of the family. Animals we humans took in as babies and promised to love and cherish.
Sometimes the human race just makes me sick. Look at the many excuses for abandonment. That's what this is, if you ask me. Just drive up to your local shelter, unload your cats and dogs and drive off. Forget they ever existed. Never mind that you meant the world to that little bundle of fur.
I've heard many lame excuses for surrendering a pet. "Too active" and "purring too loudly" and "wants to be the center of attention" are the three most ridiculous I've ever heard. Come on people! If you didn't want a cat to act in this manner, you should have saved a cat the heartache of rejection and got a fish!
Why is wrong color or wrong breed an acceptable excuse for turning in a cat or a dog? Some people are upset when their cute little kitten matures into a cat. These people have a serious mental problem if they thought a kitten would remain a baby forever.
Surrendering a deaf cat is also another excuse that burns me up. Many white cats are deaf. This doesn't mean they deserve any less of a life than a cat who can hear everything.
Take a look at the cat in the video who was dropped off at the shelter because of a birth defect. I have a cat who was born with a deformity in his legs. It doesn't make me love him any less. I'd NEVER even consider not having him as a member of my family. He knows he walks funny and is accepting of his disability.
Many declawed cats are dumped on a shelters doorstep because of behavior issues or crippling arthritis caused by the declawing. This is so unfair. First the pain of surgery then the pain of abandonment by someone who didn't deserve to have a cat in the first place. It's all so unfair!
Sometimes I wonder whether pet owners are out to win a beauty contest with their animals. In other words, cats and dogs who are less than beautiful are simply thrown away. I'd honestly hate to be these people. The ones who see only the beauty on the outside and never bother to look at the heart of the animal. I don't know about you readers, but I've had the pleasure of loving some of the strangest looking cats I've ever seen. I've never once thought of returning any of them because of their outward appearance.
As you can see from the video, this happens to dogs as well. No pet is safe when it's the wrong color, size, breed or disposition. This is so sad. A pet expects and deserves a lifetime of love from the moment we accept it into our lives.
What excuse do you hear most often for surrendering a pet? I'm curious.
I hope you enjoy the video. I'll be doing a story in the very near future on how this shelter runs their rescue program, which saved well over 6000 euthanasia list dogs and cats last year.