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The disturbing truth behind a viral Facebook photograph of a queue outside a Texas animal shelter — 6 Comments

  1. If people can surrender their pets, without any emotion, I think the animals may be better off dead, or given a second chance with a caring pet guardian.

    There are extenuating circumstances behind these, which we can’t know by looking at a picture. Some pets are surrendered when their guardian dies or is placed in an institution. Other pets are surrendered when a litter has been born to an unspayed animal, and it’s either the first or last choice. Some pets are surrendered when medical care is unaffordable, and heavy debt is undesirable. Some cats are surrendered because they destroy things, and the guardians don’t know how to deal with it. Same for dogs who dig under fences or attack other dogs. I had this situation with a purebred German Shepherd, and returned her to the breeder, after she failed obedience school. If I’d adopted her from a shelter, I would have returned her. The whole experience was very stressful, and I tried to solve the problem the only way I knew.

    For those who surrender their animals easily, with no emotion, I think the animals are better off, out of a potentially abusive situation. What would be more telling than a picture like this, is the stats of reasons for surrender, even though they may not be entirely true.

    When my friend attempted suicide, while homeless, he had two cats living with him in his truck. He had left a note for me to euthanize them, which I did. I was unable to give them a home myself. Even with his written instructions, the shelter held them for 2 weeks in case he changed his mind. I didn’t tell him this, because he wasn’t in a healthy mental/physical state to care for them. I placed the cats’ welfare first.

    It’s the same way I feel about friends who die, after so much suffering. I’m sad, but also glad that their suffering is over. There were times when I wished I could have helped them with euthanasia,and I’ve been asked to do that a couple of times.

    Death is sometimes preferable to life. And anyone who’s contemplated suicide can relate.

    • Yes, wise words. Thanks Sandy. I feel though the percentage surrender is high even when taking into account genuine reasons. I just seems high to me. I have surrendered a cat and I bet you haven’t either even though you have struggled with accomodation etc..

  2. As with the politics of today, this cannot be seen as normal. Killing your pet should carry a huge weight. This is beyond shameful but these people should feel that at least. There should be tears, second-thinking and attempts at consoling, even hysterics. They aren’t waiting to get a burger and fry. This is consequential. There should be volunteer counselors and others willing to take up where they’re leaving off… take their pets off their hands… every effort to intervene. If I knew there was something like this going on at my shelter I’d be down there in a flash to do what I could. I’ve said it before, but what is wrong with Texas? And don’t anyone give me the lecture that they’re not all like that. Everything is to a degree but this is way out there!

    • If they were waiting to get a burger that should also be a time of sadness for animal lovers as the cows also stood in a queue of a different kind–a queue to be slaughteted.

      • I, for one, can accept that argument. People don’t really think about how livestock is slaughtered. It is packaged as “meat”. It is actually the flesh and muscle of an animal. Humans like to hide behind euphemisms. Although it is a different subject to queueing up at a shelter to surrender your cat. There are different ethics and values to be argued about.

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