People need to realize the significance of this post, because when I reblogged it it was just blank so I think some people may not understand what this is trying to say
Adopting an animal (or buying from someone close to you who has recently had puppies, kittens, etc) is not like simply going to the store and buying a toy. You do not just get to throw it away once you are done with it and it stops being cute in your eyes
This is a real living thing that has emotions, needs, and wants, not something to be thrown away when YOU are done after YOU entered at commitment to raise and care for this animal.
What’s just as bad as dumping the animal off just anywhere you want, whether it be on the side of the road or in a shelter, is that a lot of these animals end up dying after that. Animals are NOT always adopted and strays are not always picked up. Animals can get put down, run over, tortured, and a list of other things
People should really think about what they are responsible for before they bring an animal into their life
Not to mention that that animal loves you, you are his world, and when you drop him off at the shelter - or worse, in the street - you are abandoning him. He doesn’t know what he did wrong, he thinks you’ll come back, maybe you just dropped him off for a bit and you’ll come back to him.
Not only did you make a commitment, but that animal loves you and throwing them away isn’t just breaking that commitment, it’s throwing away someone who doesn’t understand why you don’t love him anymore and where you went.
This is so important. Animals are NOT toys you just can’t return them because you got bored. Think first before you buy a cute little puppy for your stupid girlfriend or sister or whatever. Okay. This just make me so mad that I can’t keep talking about it. Seriously you have no heart if you do this. Seriously
This shit pisses me off
How could you be so hateful to that poor puppy who loves you
The best way to prevent this is to know what you’re doing before you do it. Google exists! Know how big your dog is going to get before you adopt. There are even formulas out there mutts(although I’ve used it and it’s not totally accurate). My teacher just have to give back her Great Dane because she couldn’t deal with the size. It isn’t okay. When you adopt a dog, you’re committing to 10+ years. It’s a long time, it’s the reason my family may not adopt the puppy we’re fostering. With the puppy, we’ve had her for over a month and I feel guilty for giving her back because she has a place here and she loves us. Even a month is long enough to fall in love and into a routine.
Dogs cost a lot, both money and time. If you can’t give your dog proper time, don’t do it! If you can’t give your dog proper food/vet care/ect, don’t do it!
Also when adopting, seriously consider adopting from a shelter. There’s a long list of reasons why it’s the best option. I’ll happily give them to you. Shelters are cheaper, dogs are less inbred and tend to avoid health issues typical to purebred dogs from breeders. There’s an overpopulation of dogs and taking one out of a shelter is amazing. I’m also a huge fan of fostering but that’s a whole different issue.
If you are unsure about getting a dog or what kind to get, start fostering dogs! Foster puppies! You get to know what it’s like to take care of dogs and puppies. You learn about different breeds(different kinds of mutts more like but mutts are amazing) and different personalities. You can learn what you like and what you don’t and what you want in a dog. It’s a trial. Fostering is great for you and can save lives. It definitely improves them.
When people drop off their beloved family dogs off at shelters, the dogs are typically called Dogs In Waiting. The dogs are waiting for their family to come get them again. They don’t know why they aren’t coming back. They were loved, they were good, why would they leave? They’re just waiting and with older dogs, it’s hard to find a new home. It’s the second saddest thing I’ve learned about in my time around shelters and dogs(the first is fading kitten syndrome but that’s not this talk). Don’t do that to a dog.