I popped in to the RSPCA today to get some medication for the kittens I am fostering. While I was there I was surprised to see a kitten from a previous litter there. I asked if he had not yet been adopted and the staff told me the person who adopted him had brought him back. Why? He was sneezing. What is happening for him now? Well, colour me surprised – he is being treated and will no doubt be perfectly fine in a week or two. At which point he will go back up for adoption, albeit as an older kitten competing with the arguably cuter babies. The “owner” did not want to take the kitten back and manage its treatment (which the RSPCA would pay for, anyway) or take it back once it is well again. I don’t get it. When you adopt a pet, you are adopting it for its lifetime – or should be, anyway. How is it that so many people feel able to unload their unwanted animals onto someone else to care for? In the case of older pets, how can someone own an animal for years and yet still be able to give that pet away when it becomes inconvenient, knowing that the animal may end up being put to sleep? Am I missing something? Are those Rioters who have given up their pets able to share with me why they came to do it and how it made them feel?
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