If you own pets and you’ve ever needed to move from your home, hopefully you’ve taken your pets with you. But not everyone does. Sadly, far too many people simply don’t want to deal with what the believe to be the hassle of taking their dogs, or cats, or other pets — along with the overall stress that moving involves anyway.
In fact, pet owners simply abandoning their dogs and cats is one of the leading reasons why domestic animals wind up in shelters — where they all-too-often never come out alive — and on the street. Between 3 million and 4 million dogs and cats are killed in shelters every year in order to make room for incoming homeless animals, many of whom have also been abandoned by their human companions.
In other words, if you abandon your pet when you move — or for any reason — you are probably killing not only the innocent animal who loved and depended on you, but at least one other animal as well, when a shelter euthanizes someone else’s former pet to make room for yours.
Pet owners who feel guilty about abandoning their animals, but do it anyway, often take to Craigslist in an attempt, however halfhearted, to find new homes for their dogs and kitties. But one women in Arkansas recently posted a Craigslist ad about her pets — and this time, a pet owner was finally saying, “enough is enough.”
Here is the Craigslist ad the woman posted, in which she says exactly what needs to said about people who move and leave their pets behind, as well as people who give up their pets for other reasons of convenience. You can check out the original ad at this link. Her cute pets are the little fellas in the picture above.
“This is my dog… I have had her for six years. She has been frustrating and infuriating at times. She has cost me money I wanted to spend on other things. She has been inconvenient at times. I’ve had to arrange my life with her in mind. I wouldn’t trade any of it for anything in the world, because I love her and she brings me joy.
“Now, to get to the point of this post. I want to tell you about something amazing that I did. I MOVED. I moved three times actually. Amazingly, I KEPT MY F*****G DOG! Can you imagine? Did you know someone can move and still keep their dog? What an amazing concept, isn’t it?Oh, I also got married, had a baby, and changed jobs, AND STILL MANAGED TO KEEP MY DOG! Am I the only human being alive who’s been able to do this?
“See that little cat next my dog in the picture, well we just found out she has AIDS, yes, feline AIDS. She will require expensive medicine for the rest of her short life. Guess what? I’M KEEPING THE F******G CAT TOO.
“I’m not going to dump her off on Craigslist to assuage some mild hint of guilt I feel because I’m too lazy, weak and irresponsible to fulfill a commitment I made to a living, loving animal.
“To all you who do otherwise, F*** YOU! I hope your spouse leaves you, penniless and alone. May God keep you, though you don’t deserve it.”
In the words of writer Wendy Gittelson, of the site Addicting Info, “Our animals, like the pets of the Arkansas woman, are our family. Leaving them isn’t an option.”