According to the SPCA and Humane Society, in the next 4-8 weeks, you’ll all be seeing the “We need to re-home our pet…” posts. These are the people who went ahead and purchased puppies & kittens as Christmas gifts who are suddenly allergic, moving, having a baby, don’t have time, their kids won’t take care of it, didn’t think they’d get so big, blah, blah, blah. Problem is, almost 90% of unwanted pets, sadly end up in kill shelters. That is just so wrong in so many ways. Once you bring the pet home, it is yours to care for its entire life!

Allow me to break it down for you.

You didn’t know you had an allergy? Oops. Don’t let the pet suffer, buy some allergy medicine, if you love your pet, it’s absolutely worth a shot.

You’re moving? What city are you moving to that doesn’t allow dogs? Bullshitville? You have a responsibility to your living, breathing family member to plan ahead to find a house, apartment or condo that will ALLOW your family member. Period.

Oh, you had no idea you were due to have a baby in 2 months? Interesting. Get a dog trainer if you’re housing a breed you fear might become an issue. It’s also worth a shot.

Don’t have time for ONE 15 minute walk, or to have a dog just sit next to you while you’re home? Really? So they’re better off in a shelter than waiting in your house for you to get home? Ok, perhaps get another pet to keep them company or look for a local dog-sitter.

Oh, you mean your 5 year old didn’t step up to the plate to feed, walk and scoop poop? And this surprised you? I guess it’s time for YOU to step up and model responsibility for your child.

Wrong size? Not cute as an adult? Not quite the personality you expected? Look in a mirror, how did you turn out? Should we send you back?

Please put a lot of thought and preparation before bringing a pet home no matter how cute, how impulsive, how much you think you want to bring it home. You need to be sure you can care for it during its lifetime. Once you bring a pet home, it is yours to care for until the day it crosses the Rainbow Bridge.

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