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Very sad sign of tough times

post #1 of 15
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Disturbing article in the news about many having to give up their pets due to hard times.

http://www.cbc.ca/consumer/story/200...s-economy.html

I don't think we could do it no matter how hard things got.
post #2 of 15
I haven't read the article. But I would be lying if I didn't admit that it did cross my mind many times while I was off work for over 4 years on disability. There were times I went without food for myself save for 1 meal replacement shake per day, or a bowl of rice if I had some around, for up to 2 weeks at a time, in order to buy medication for Chynna, and cat food and cat litter.

I'm glad that I didn't have to, but if I had to be off work even another 6 months, I would have had to rehome them because I just couldn't stretch my money anymore with everything going up in price around me while my income stayed the same.
post #3 of 15
I couldn't give mine up

I would live off cereal or toast if i had to, drink water instead of coke, stop wearing makeup, perfume etc.. and that would save me a fortune alone!!.

Theres so much i would give up to make sure my kids stayed with me, and the internet would be another one.
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I couldn't give mine up

I would live off cereal or toast if i had to, drink water instead of coke, stop wearing makeup, perfume etc.. and that would save me a fortune alone!!.

Theres so much i would give up to make sure my kids stayed with me, and the internet would be another one.
I agree with Susan - we all live with wants rather than needs, and these can be given up so that our furbabies can have a life with us.
post #5 of 15
I made a lifetime commitment to my girls when I adopted them, I will do everything possible to honor that commitment.

I would only consider giving them up if it was a complete last resort and something medically happened me to where I was not competent to take care of them or I absolutely postively could not feed them, but I would have to be down to eating out of dumpsters and living in a shopping cart.
post #6 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I couldn't give mine up

I would live off cereal or toast if i had to, drink water instead of coke, stop wearing makeup, perfume etc.. and that would save me a fortune alone!!.

Theres so much i would give up to make sure my kids stayed with me, and the internet would be another one.
Susan,

You are spot on! In hard times, sacrifices can be made to allow almost everyone to keep their pets. There will always be some special circumstances where an owner absolutely must give up their pets, but I think many people won't give up their own comforts and the pets are left out in the cold.

Your heart is in the right place. Big thumbs up to you!

Edited to add: Weldrwomn, kudos to you as well!
post #7 of 15
Recently, when times got extremely hard for me, I thought about "loaning" Tonka (the most expensive to maintain of all my cats) out to a breeder friend of mine who would have taken good care of him, but then an absolutely beautiful little generous Christmas Elf sent me some much needed funds so that didn't have to happen.

I am currently fostering 4 cats from a former friend who is homeless, completely indigent and has no way to care for herself much less her 4 cats. These cats are going home to their breeder in January. I would love to keep them for myself because they are total lambs and I love them dearly, but I simply cannot afford to have 8 cats what with not working right now. I have been down to bare bones on just about everything before and I can do it again, but thanks to the Elf I mentioned earlier, that won't have to happen now.
post #8 of 15
Thankfully, I've never been in such a situation, and hope not to be. Before I bought the house, I'd lived in some rather dismal places, but was always working and getting by. But, Peanut Butterum and Sassy Sasparilla have. They were surrendered to the shelter when their human lost everything and moved in with relatives where the cats weren't welcome. Should it ever happen, I plan to do everything I possibly can to keep them from having to go through that again.
post #9 of 15
I would never give mine up.
In fact we were living in a no pet place so my cats stayed at my dads until we found a place to take all 4.
It took from May 1999-August 2002.
The worst part was when I get calls the cat is very sick and we would have to go to er.
I would get rid of everything and eat beans everyday rather then give them up.
post #10 of 15
I would do anything to avoid having to give my cats up, but sadly too many people dont see them like that, and we are dealing with more strays than ever, which is very sad as the adoption rate isnt' very high, which means having to say no more. I am spending part of today making sure 3 cats are safe for Christmas, as other rescues dont want to help due to it being Christmas - I helped on New YEars Eve last year too, it is just another day to me.
post #11 of 15
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we all live with wants rather than needs, and these can be given up so that our furbabies can have a life with us.
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That's true. I lost my job at the bank. I was being evicted from my aparment. I had no money. I was still waiting on Unemployment to come thru.

I had two cat, and one dog. My two cats went to go stay with my brother and me and my dog when to go live with a friend. Or should I say live in her garage which was like camping with tin around you.

Eventually I outgrew my welcome, asked if my dog could stay I would pay his food. She said yes. Then she called me two weeks later stating that he had to go. So I picked him up and boarded him in a boarding facility for almost 3 weeks.

In the end I did find us a place to live. Got all my animals back, and we have lived happy ever after since. Well except for Mr. Murphy. He died but at least he died having a home our house is one of the greatest houses a cat can retire.
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rosiemac View Post
I couldn't give mine up

I would live off cereal or toast if i had to, drink water instead of coke, stop wearing makeup, perfume etc.. and that would save me a fortune alone!!.

Theres so much i would give up to make sure my kids stayed with me, and the internet would be another one.
I agree completely. When I adopted my babies, they found a forever home with me, regardless of any financial problems I may end up with.
post #13 of 15
For those who say they would "never" give their cats up, I think you would need to be in a given situation before you can honestly know what you would or wouldn't try to do. The woman whose cats I now have would have never given up her cats either and if that had been the case, they would now be living with her in her car or in a shelter awaiting euthanasia. Of course she tried to keep her cats, but in the end, she found she couldn't, no matter how hard she tried, no matter what she did. So while we ALL have good intentions at heart, one must actually BE in a situation to know what one would or wouldn't do.

Sometimes, knowing when to say it is time for the cats to go to another home is the better part of valor. In our heart of hearts, if the situation is bad enough, then it is the only right thing to do.
post #14 of 15
Things do happen beyond our control that does make it impossible. I have been in a situation like that but luckly I didn't have pets at the time. One of my cats went through 18 months of expensive vet care about 3 years ago. At the time I was able to keep up with it but I wouldn't be able to now. I did it before by resorting to credit card debt at the end but I can't take on more debt now, my car payment on a 5 year old bare bones subcompact is all I can afford now. If it happened now, as much as it would break my heart, I would have to have him euthanized before he got well.
post #15 of 15
We are all in for some tough times. I know what I have had to do is just the begining. I know the next 12 months are going to be rough, we are just starting to see what is ahead. I work as much as I can to keep up with the TV bill, the ISP payment, the cell phones, all of the little extras we have found so needed. I will dump all of the above to pay my car payments and food and lights. And most important, the cat litter bill...........LOL.
Hang on to your hats folks!
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