PETS GIVEN UP BECAUSE OF ECONOMIC CONDITIONS: Shelters Overflowing, Do you know of anyone who has given up theirs?

  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 20, 2009 12:18 PM GMT
    I heard the our local Wichita Humane Society with its new facilities took in over 2,000 pets in July and adopted out about 675. Heartbreaking stories of people who have foreclosed homes or just can't keep their pets anymore due to economics.

    While I can't understand someone giving up their canine or feline family member, do you know of anyone who has given up theirs?




  • Timbales

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    Aug 20, 2009 12:20 PM GMT
    I can't even fathom doing something like that.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    Essentially, this is how I got my kittens.

    The woman who owned the mother got evicted from her house while the mother was pregnant. She decided that she couldn't afford to keep the mother cat, so figured she'd turn her feral. In Michigan. In November. A couple weeks before the kittens would be born. Her next door neighbor was appalled at this idea, so she took in the mother to foster her and the kittens until they could find new homes for them--the neighbor already had multiple cats and dogs, and therefore didn't want any more. When I posted an ad to Craigslist in early January that I was looking for a kitten, the woman who took in the cat and kittens for fostering was one of the 8 people to respond in the 3 days the ad was up. She was happy that I was willing to take two, so I got my pick of the litter and she even gave me a cat carrier, and didn't charge an adoption fee like so many other people do. So, in a way, my little guys are a pair of recession kittens.
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:22 PM GMT
    Will NEVER do something like this to my guys. NEVER!!!!
    They are, quite literally seeing me through my economic hard times.
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:39 PM GMT
    Yes I do. A friend who is a was a Real Estate Paralegal was laid off over a year ago and he had to sell his house and the apt that he got did not allow pets.

    So he had to give up his dog of 6 years. It was heart breaking. He did not give up the dog to shelter but to his ex who lives out of state.
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:42 PM GMT
    I had planned on getting a dog this year but after my firm had two "RIFs"
    translation: Reduction in Force". I dedcided against for the moment.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:49 PM GMT
    Ducky45 saidYes I do. A friend who is a was a Real Estate Paralegal was laid off over a year ago and he had to sell his house and the apt that he got did not allow pets.



    Um, that would have been one of the first things I would have ask. If they didn't allow pets, I wouldn't be there
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:51 PM GMT
    Real sad. Even worse is when someone gives their pet up because they move somewhere that doesn't allow pets- selfish!! Or even worse they are dating someone who is allergic????icon_question.gificon_question.gif
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    Aug 20, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidReal sad. Even worse is when someone gives their pet up because they move somewhere that doesn't allow pets- selfish!! Or even worse they are dating someone who is allergic????icon_question.gificon_question.gif


    every guy I date knows that if they are allergic to tabatha and wyatt they are shit out of luck. I will openly tell them that tabatha and wyatt will be with me for a good 20 years, I can't get that kind of guarantee from them.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Aug 20, 2009 2:59 PM GMT
    MikemikeMike saidReal sad. Even worse is when someone gives their pet up because they move somewhere that doesn't allow pets- selfish!! Or even worse they are dating someone who is allergic????icon_question.gificon_question.gif


    Well Mike interesting you bring that up...... I got my registered beagle Mia in Nov. 2006, from a local client whose family was moving to Austin. Mia is a very well behaved (now 6 year old) beagle. Incredible disposition. I knew they were sad to give her up (she actually came from the sister of my client in California). Apparently the son was allergic to Mia.......I can't imagine giving her up or Buddy for that matter.
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    Aug 20, 2009 3:01 PM GMT
    Does anyone know where I can find a purebred English bulldog? There don't seem to be any rescues near me and all the shelters i've found have too many mixes with other breeds..
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    Aug 20, 2009 3:03 PM GMT
    CuriousOne saidDoes anyone know where I can find a purebred English bulldog? There don't seem to be any rescues near me and all the shelters i've found have too many mixes with other breeds..


    Try Petfinder.com They might help.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 20, 2009 3:05 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    MikemikeMike saidReal sad. Even worse is when someone gives their pet up because they move somewhere that doesn't allow pets- selfish!! Or even worse they are dating someone who is allergic????icon_question.gificon_question.gif


    Well Mike interesting you bring that up...... I got my registered beagle Mia in Nov. 2006, from a local client whose family was moving to Austin. Mia is a very well behaved (now 6 year old) beagle. Incredible disposition. I knew they were sad to give her up (she actually came from the sister of my client in California). Apparently the son was allergic to Mia.......I can't imagine giving her up or Buddy for that matter.


    True HK and if some other family member brushed them daily and used dander cloths, and did not have the ir pet sleep with this child or allow it in the bedroom-it probably wouldn't even be an issue!! Makes me MADicon_evil.gif
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Aug 20, 2009 3:24 PM GMT
    Actually, I think a child developing an allergy to a pet is a perfectly valid reason to give the pet to someone else. I'd rather they give it to an individual than to a shelter, but a kid's health (in the case of a serious allergy) trumps a pet's well-being, in my opinion.

    Also, I'll admit, I'm one of those people who gave up a pet because I moved somewhere I couldn't have one. I got my childhood cat when I was going into 3rd grade. My university didn't allow cats in any of its housing. My mother had convinced herself that she had become allergic to my cat--in reality, she was a heavy smoker for decades, and that was the basis of her breathing problem--so my cat went to go live with my Dad and the woman who became my step-mother when I went to college. My mother offered to let me take the cat back over the summers while I was home, but I decided that would be too disruptive to her, as she had settled into being my step-mother's cat, and so I left her with her when I finally moved somewhere I could have a pet again. She died a year ago, and that's part of the reason why I finally got new cats of my own--my childhood cat did not get along with other cats, and I didn't want to make visits traumatic if I brought a new cat with me.
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    Aug 20, 2009 3:28 PM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidActually, I think a child developing an allergy to a pet is a perfectly valid reason to give the pet to someone else. I'd rather they give it to an individual than to a shelter, but a kid's health (in the case of a serious allergy) trumps a pet's well-being, in my opinion.

    Also, I'll admit, I'm one of those people who gave up a pet because I moved somewhere I couldn't have one. I got my childhood cat when I was going into 3rd grade. My university didn't allow cats in any of its housing. My mother had convinced herself that she had become allergic to my cat--in reality, she was a heavy smoker for decades, and that was the basis of her breathing problem--so my cat went to go live with my Dad and the woman who became my step-mother when I went to college. My mother offered to let me take the cat back over the summers while I was home, but I decided that would be too disruptive to her, as she had settled into being my step-mother's cat, and so I left her with her when I finally moved somewhere I could have a pet again. She died a year ago, and that's part of the reason why I finally got new cats of my own--my childhood cat did not get along with other cats, and I didn't want to make visits traumatic if I brought a new cat with me.


    yes but you didn't have a choice. you had to go to college.

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    Aug 20, 2009 4:25 PM GMT
    Haven't given one up but have taken one in. icon_sad.gif
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Aug 20, 2009 4:33 PM GMT
    What's even more heartbreaking to see is people who abandon their homes and leave the pets there and not even bother taking them to the humane society. icon_sad.gif
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    Aug 20, 2009 4:39 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhat's even more heartbreaking to see is people who abandon their homes and leave the pets there and not even bother taking them to the humane society. icon_sad.gif


    Have you seen that Todd?
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    Aug 20, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Wow, I could never ever give up my animals. It would break my heart.....If I cut back for any economic reason I would and have gone with less rather than lose my furry children. I always make sure my pets have food/water, toys a warm/cool place to sleep and plenty plenty of love! It's so sad when the pets have to suffer because they don't understand. This is just heart breaking. icon_cry.gif
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    Aug 20, 2009 4:48 PM GMT
    I'd rather be hung on a cross, whipped, beaten, and hung there to die...oh wait that was someone else on a cross...okay, well then I'd rather have my balls shaved, oh wait already did that too....hum, okay, I'd rather cut off my big balls, now that I have NOT done, before I ever let my little protector go! Yeah, he will attack.icon_twisted.gif

    I remember my mom saying when I was 11, I had to give up and Australian Shepard that adored me, never under my power again. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 20, 2009 6:06 PM GMT

    No, I know of no one personally. I do know there has been a request from the local humane society (Ormond Beach and Daytona) for funding. They are attempting to expand their facilities in hopes of keeping pets abandoned due to the economy longer.

    Such is life in the "New Norm." Sad. Really sad.
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    Aug 20, 2009 6:12 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhat's even more heartbreaking to see is people who abandon their homes and leave the pets there and not even bother taking them to the humane society. icon_sad.gif

    Yeah. I've heard several cases of this on the local news. Pretty sad. And really pathetic. I can't believe people would just abandon their pets like that.
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    Aug 20, 2009 6:55 PM GMT
    I can't imagine leaving behind a loving animal. It doesn't cost that much to feed them if you buy correctly - and you can ask the vet to forgive any bill you might incur, if you are really in financial straits. The price of a big bag of good dog food is in line with the price of a few lunches out. I'd give up a few lunches each week before my pet would be given up. If a family MUST give up a pet - there are no-kill shelters and pet adoption places. I recently adopted a 5 year old dog whose owners couldn't take him where they were moving (a no pets condo) and you never saw a happier, more grateful pet! (pictures on my site here). Adopt a pet - - give him or her a warm place they can call "home".icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 20, 2009 7:17 PM GMT
    My roommate and best friend is currently a vet, so between her career and her four years of vet school, I've seen and heard of a lot of things people put their animal companions through. Some of it is unfathomable to me. At the end of the day, though, we don't all think of our pets in the same way. My animals are my kids, and I can't imagine ever doing what's not right for them...but...well, that's not always the case.

    It's lousy when a person has to give up an animal they're attached to, for whatever reason. And yes, there are some reasons that aren't selfish...and giving up an animal for the right reasons does not necessarily mean someone's a bad person or a bad pet owner. What's more important is how the issue is dealt with. Leaving an animal with a shelter frankly is inhumane (and, ironically, the so-called no-kill shelters are even less humane an option, oftentimes). Recognizing your inability (for whatever reason) to any longer properly provide for an animal and actively making sure that animal ends up in a better home, on the other hand, is responsible.
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    Aug 20, 2009 7:32 PM GMT
    HndsmKansan said
    CuriousJockAZ saidWhat's even more heartbreaking to see is people who abandon their homes and leave the pets there and not even bother taking them to the humane society. icon_sad.gif


    Have you seen that Todd?



    Haven't seen this, thank god, but I have heard about it, as well as seen it on the news. I can't even imagine doing that to a pet. At least have the decency to turn it into the humane society.