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Disposable Pets

By weeziepops 14 January 2010 28

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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YourWelcome 10:43 am 10 Feb 10

In response to CHW…

True, there are obviously situations where animals are no longer able to be cared for due to unforseen circumstances surrounding mental health issues or domestic issues etc. However, as has been previously stated, the RSPCA is not able to look after the hundreds of pets which get left there so often due to many reasons, including mental health.

I think the most important thing is that if you are thinking of getting a pet, you should have thought about whether or not you’re ready to have one. If it was only a kitten, you can’t have had it for long. Mental health issues usually take years to culminate, and before deciding to adopt a pet your mental state should have been taken into consideration. This is not descrimination, every single person who decides to adopt a pet should consider whether or not they are prepared to look after it long term and take their mental health into account.

I suppose it is better that it was returned to the RSPCA rather than being tossed to the sidewalk (as some heartless, disgusting people do). I also know that mental health issues can be hard to notice by yourself sometimes. But that’s why I would suggest to future pet owners to go, however trivial it may seem, and make sure there aren’t any underlying health issues that could just pop up.

Don’t get me wrong, I know they’re sometimes unavoidable, but now maybe we see it’s sometimes worth checking?

deejay 8:55 am 17 Jan 10

Regarding the mental health situation discussed above, I agree that there should be some kind of fostering service available for much-loved pets whose owners temporarily cannot look after them.

It isn’t just a compassionate thing, although compassion is itself an important value. It’s been verified that pets are often a reason that people stay in abusive homes – they can’t take their animals to a refuge, and/or the abusive partner threatens the animal if they leave. They’re also a common reason that people don’t submit to necessary in-patient care (mental health and otherwise). Social ills are needlessly, and expensively exacerbated by our society’s inability to provide short-term animal care support.

Tooks 2:12 pm 16 Jan 10

Woody Mann-Caruso said :

Doesn’t work for driving cars. People who do the right thing will do so regardless of any licensing arrangement, and scumbags will do the wrong thing no matter how many multiple choice tests they’ve done or how many laminated cards you give them.

Mmm, too true!

weeziepops 1:06 pm 16 Jan 10

#18 – WTF does my disappoval have to do with anything? I am asking what causes a person to dump their pet, not standing outside the RSPCA berating them for it. Idiot.

Woody Mann-Caruso 12:33 pm 16 Jan 10

Doesn’t work for driving cars. People who do the right thing will do so regardless of any licensing arrangement, and scumbags will do the wrong thing no matter how many multiple choice tests they’ve done or how many laminated cards you give them.

Tooks 10:03 am 16 Jan 10

Maybe we need to introducing licencing for owning pets. It’s clear a lot of people shouldn’t be allowed to own any animal.

cleo 2:09 am 16 Jan 10

Maybe the person got sick of their new toy, how could they? Look at the adorable little kitten.

Jacko 9:37 pm 15 Jan 10

I can’t believe how some people treat animals, maybe it would save the RSPCA and the government lots of money and also not to mention the suffering for the poor animals if they desexed dogs and cats for free fr pensioners and low wage earners. Maybe they could get trainee vets to do it or even train people just to do that? Just a thought!

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