Thursday, July 15, 2010
Getting rid of Spot
I saw this picture on the web and also watched a piece on CNN about all of the pets that have been turned in to the shelters in the Gulf as collateral damage of the BP oil spill.
They said that people down there have been forced with the "hard" decision to get rid of their pets because they cannot afford to feed them due to job loss, etc.
Now people: maybe it's just me, but I don't get this. I really don't. As an animal lover and owner of four cats myself, I just don't get it.
Taking a pet into your home implies a heavy responsibility. It involves committing to keeping and caring for that animal for life - no matter what.
After all, I don't think there's a mad rush in the Gulf to turn children into the authorities because people can't feed them.
You may say that it's not the same thing, and you may not agree with me. That's okay. But, for me, it is. You just don't "get rid of" family members. And pets are part of the household, and family.
Americans value the family pet. I've been told it's not such a big deal in some other places, but here it is.
I saw one dog that was the family pet for nine years. Nine years! How could that family do that?
I could NEVER get rid of one of my cats!