Saturday, December 13, 2008

Pets as gifts

I rescued a human today.
Her eyes met mine as she walked down the corridor peering
apprehensively into the kennels. I felt her need instantly and knew
I had to help her.

I wagged my tail, not too exuberantly, so she
wouldn't be afraid. As she stopped at my kennel I blocked her view
from a little accident I had in the back of my cage. I didn't want
her to know that I hadn't been walked today.
Sometimes the shelter keepers get too busy and I didn't want her to think poorly of them.

As she read my kennel card I hoped that she wouldn't feel sad about
my past. I only have the future to look forward to and want to make
a difference in someone's life. She got down on her knees and made
little kissy sounds at me. I shoved my shoulder and side of my head
up against the bars to comfort her. Gentle fingertips caressed my
neck; she was desperate for companionship. A tear fell down her
cheek and I raised my paw to assure her that all would be well.

Soon my kennel door opened and her smile was so bright that I
instantly jumped into her arms. I would promise to keep her safe. I
would promise to always be by her side. I would promise to do
everything I could to see that radiant smile and sparkle in her
eyes. I was so fortunate that she came down my corridor. So many
more are out there who haven't walked the corridors. So many more to
be saved. At least I could save one.

Please don't give a pet as a gift as you cannot be certain it will fit the lifestyle of the person receiving it which would not be fair to the pet or the person.   Both the VIP and i had the painful experience of being parted with a living pet and i would ask you to spare anyone else that sadness.  It's hard enough when a pet's life comes to it's natural end.

Also consider how much care and training it takes getting a young high energy pet and consider getting a more mature animal, save your money and go to a rescue site, call local vets, or the hospice in your area.  I cannot begin to tell you the number of people that have made no plans for their (often purebred) pets and consider them disposable when they move, change jobs, start a family... our pets are capable of unconditional love and should not be considered disposable accessories.  Some people are weary of getting a pet that someone else no longer had a place in their life for, assuming the pet must have some very undesirable traits but what i have witnessed is it is that the pets end up there thru no fault of their own. You can change that!

1 comment:

Jules said...

Bravo to you my friend for posting this. My dd has rescued 2 dogs and a cat so far. One of her dogs, Gumbo, was a Katrina rescue baby! Our two (cat) boys are also rescue pets.

These are not disposalable things; they are family!