Each year, puppies are adopted and a year or so later about half of those adoptions are surrendered. Many end up in kill shelters of varying degrees. The Human Society is a low kill shelter but the fact of the matter is they do still kill. They have limited space, resources and funding so what do you think happens to all those dogs that can’t be placed and kept?
For some the old out-of-sight-out-of-mind tactic suffices. It’s work raising a puppy into that well-trained obedient dog you’ve always dreamed of. And when the dream becomes a ‘nightmare’ who do you think loses out in the end? When you’re unable to train your darling little pup, who gets yelled at or maybe worse? So think long and hard at the ‘life’ you are saying you’ll take responsibility for. Are you really doing what’s best for it?
I could never give Maxwell to a shelter. He’s never been in a kennel. I can’t stand the thought of him locked up in a room with an adjacent cement pad and chain link fence as his ‘home’ until the right people come along, who may or may not take good care of him. To me, it’s the equivilant of bringing your child to an orphanage. And these ‘animals’ do suffer emotionally. Bonds are formed. That dog will never forget who you are or stop loving you.
We all have tough choices to make in life and when events occur that reaffirm our decisions, one has to take note. Interesting coincidence…on the same day I decide I’ve had a change of heart about giving up my dog I get this e-mail:
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