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post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 
Im writing a paper about Irresponsible Pet Owners and how they are contributing to the needless termination of animals and their overpopulation.
I wanted your opinions on this. Like, do you feel that because many people don't take the time to research and revaluate their lives before deciding on owning a pet that they are contributing to the overpopulation to this problem?
post #2 of 21
They don't research, they don't plan, they don't take their own time and schedule into account, they don't think animals actually cost money and therefore don't plan on vet expenses even for routine things like shots and spay/neuter, and then get mad when the untrained puppy chews the chair because she's bored, or the kitten shreds the drapes or the couch because there is no scratching post, or the intact tomcat sprays, or the dog doesn't automatically know every trick, or the now ill cat is peeing outside the litterbox. Then they are disposable and get literally kicked to the curb. (Can you tell this is a hot topic with me? )

All of the stories at www.SaveSamoa.org shouldn't be necessary. I LOVE the stories there because they are all happy endings....but the rescues shouldn't have been necessary to begin with if people took responsibility for their pets, spayed and neutered them. These are all beautiful little souls, and it just amazes me how people can actually view them as nothing more than a toy that can be thrown out if it's "broken" (misbehaves) or if a new and better toy comes along.
post #3 of 21
I definitely feel like people who don't research and plan are irresponsible. I could write a thesis on this topic. Basically, I'd say 99% of all the cats and dogs I hear about being surrendered are because of some inconvenience the owner is facing. I have heard of ONE (and it was on this site) surrender that was for teh good of an animal who was just under an extreme amount of stress and could not be successfully integrated into a household even after all other options had been exhausted. But in every other case, the reason the animal is being surrendered is something that could have been solved with proper training and attention (chewing, night crazies, missing the litterbox, barking, etc) or is simply the owner not being completely committed to the pet (moving, new baby, can't afford the pet and is unwilling to try pet food pantries, low cost spay and neuter, temporary foster care).

It's one of my biggest pet peeves. THe way I see it is that I wouldn't even think to give up, say, any children I may have down the line, or my sister, or my mom...so why should my pets be subject to that instability?
post #4 of 21
Most are well uneducted and dont think to try to educate themselves...

In my small community this was just in the paper ... And the worst part is that a young puppy may loss its life since humans are idiots..

The dog was advertised for free in the paper( I nearly called and so wish I had) ... The dog is a 7 month old male belgian mastiff , I wasnt familiar so I did a quick google search and found out this is a nearly extict breed and it is a smaller mastiff ( the smaller the more active and tempermental on average )... now for anyone with thought(sorry I am Irate ) this is a big powerful animal ...well the "new owner" was a roomate with a lady with a two yr old ... and somehow the dog and the two yr old were left ALONE TOGETHER ... the baby has 11 pucture wounds( didnt say stitches ) and the dog may be put down
post #5 of 21
This is certainly a hot topic with me aswell. But no matter how loud we shout, some people just don't hear it.
I think it's disgraceful for people to dispose of their pets, espescially if they are educated to a certain degree about what this means to a pet. There is a lot of information on here about that so it's hard to miss.
The only time I will ever give up my cats is if I pass away, and we have people on stand-by for the babies incase something happens to either of us.
Getting a second cat was such a massive decision because of the cost, the extra attention (time) needed, the vet trips, the training, the love, the sleepless nights being doubled. But we decided it was best for our first cat. And I have never looked back.
I work with someone who is very short of money, she almost boasted the other day that her very old dog is covered in lumps but she's just going to wait for her to 'peg it' rather than take the poor animal to the vet to be sent to a better, pain free, place. I had to sit on my hands, this lady is so poor but she can afford to drink and smoke?????
Another woman I work with is considering leaving her cat when she moves house next month.
I think the second people even consider this as an option, they stop being worthy of owning a pet. They do not deserve them and the decision is made.
Don't get me wrong though I do understand that there are and have been on here, circumstances where rehoming a pet is the only option and my heart goes out to those people who have had to do this.
post #6 of 21
My cousins (10 and 13) have a cat that has not been neutered (although vaccinated) and has just had kittens. I suggested to the ten year old via msn that maybe because they now had kittens maybe they could all be neutered. She just kept saying no (with annoying smilies shaking theirs heads and flashing) that they wanted more kittens. I asked her what she would do with all these cats she said she didn't know.

Her mother has always hated me so i doubt she will listen to anything I have to say, but i'll still try and give her a call tonight.
post #7 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sims2fan
My cousins (10 and 13) have a cat that has not been neutered (although vaccinated) and has just had kittens. I suggested to the ten year old via msn that maybe because they now had kittens maybe they could all be neutered. She just kept saying no (with annoying smilies shaking theirs heads and flashing) that they wanted more kittens. I asked her what she would do with all these cats she said she didn't know.

Her mother has always hated me so i doubt she will listen to anything I have to say, but i'll still try and give her a call tonight.

That just makes me so said. The poor cat will have litter after litter and I've heard it can make them very ill.
That is such a hard situation for you to be in
post #8 of 21
An animal is for life end of.

They need to think good and hard that when they take on an animal it's like taking on a child with needs, wants and feelings.
post #9 of 21
This is a subject that gets to me too!!

From my perspective, it happens a lot with people who see only instant gratification. The people who buy and iPod and as soon and the Nano come out, flings the iPod to get a better model.

Animals are not disposable!!! You wouldn't trade in your child, so why do it with an animal?!!

The state of instant gratification comes from a lack of education, research and general though!

All three of my cats have come from situations where they were not 'appropriate' anymore. For whatever reason, they were chucked - unneutered - into a colony of other intact cats! (except Willow who was 'chucked' over my wall)

Although I took Willow into my home, it was not my intention (or ever had been) to take on a third cat! After many deliberations and financial projections, I worked out that it was possible for him to become a member of the family! If any of these factors had not added up, it would not have been possible!!

To reiterate, instant gratification should not be expected from anything or anyone! Everything needs careful concideration and you need to know what you're getting into!!

Don't jump into a lake 'thinking' it's a puddle!!
post #10 of 21
I know. When you bring an animal home (unless you are a foster family or such) then that is their forever home! So many people get kittens because theyre so cute and then they become cats and "aren't cute anymore"?!? So they aren't taken care of, etc.
For instance people who get a cat but don't think about their living arrangements. So their current landlord allows a cat, but then when they move the next year that landlord doesn't so they have to give it up, according to them. I rent, but I wouldn't even consider living somewhere that doesn't allow cats. Obviously that is a dealbreaker. Even if the rent costs more where I end up because of Zissou. She is part of the household, and I don't even look at apartments that don't allow pets. Duh!
In some cases, the cat just becomes a family pet that lives with various people who all are very close, such a the son, the mom, his best friend, an aunt, etc. Though stressful, thats better than putting it in the shelter!
If for some unimaginable situation, like I, I don't know, had to be in the hospital for the rest of my life or something, then I know Zissou would have a place to live with someone I trust. Just like a child.
post #11 of 21
Thread Starter 
Wow, great responses!
I agree that animals aren't just things of "convience".
Do you mind if I quote some of you guys in my paper?
I won't use names.
post #12 of 21
You're more than welcome to use my post if it is helpful.
post #13 of 21
sure you can if you want though I would run it thru grammer check
post #14 of 21
Thread Starter 
Ok, thanks a lot guys!
post #15 of 21
Certainly, if theres anything I said that you want to use go ahead!
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by Pombina
Certainly, if theres anything I said that you want to use go ahead!
No worries!
post #17 of 21
I do agree that pets are not disposable, people should be thinking ahead and planning for the time & expense that pets take up ... but ... if it weren't for people who have either HAD to give up their pets, or just didn't want them anymore, I wouldn't have my two cats or the guinea pigs. They were all from a rescue centre.

btw, they are all with me for LIFE!!!!
post #18 of 21
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Originally Posted by valanhb
You're more than welcome to use my post if it is helpful.


I called my aunt and she basically told me to mind my own business, she also added that not everybody has the same beliefs as me and thats its extremly unattractive of me to enforce my viewpoint on others.

GRRRR

If I thought that she would personally keep and care for every single cat resulting from her irresposibility, then maybe I would butt out. But she will get sick of them and cast them off maybe then my cousins will learn something, but at what price?
post #19 of 21
Thread Starter 
At least you tried and talked to her as oppose to just ignoring the situation.
post #20 of 21
I foster, and get many cats due to people's irresponsibility. One thing I love about fostering is that they charge $100 per kitten. And that includes all initial shots, and the kit is speutered.

For one thing, someone has to think a bit before paying $100 for a kitty. And since the initial vet care is covered, the kits get a good start.

Just go look at the fur pics forum...there are lots of kittens posted there right now. Everyone looks and says...give me a cute little kitten. But (as already posted) they don't think of it as a 20 year commitment!

And if something comes up, and you can't keep your cat...definitely find it another loving home! Don't just dump it!!!

Also, don't allow "just one litter of kittens". If less people would do that, overpopulation would end!
post #21 of 21
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Originally Posted by Sims2fan
My cousins (10 and 13) have a cat that has not been neutered (although vaccinated) and has just had kittens. I suggested to the ten year old via msn that maybe because they now had kittens maybe they could all be neutered. She just kept saying no (with annoying smilies shaking theirs heads and flashing) that they wanted more kittens. I asked her what she would do with all these cats she said she didn't know.

Her mother has always hated me so i doubt she will listen to anything I have to say, but i'll still try and give her a call tonight.
Tell them it's great that they love taking care of kittens and that there are many rescue groups that would LOVE to have people who would be willing to foster a pregnant cat or a mom cat with kittens....the best thing is..the resuce will have them all spayed/neutered.

Katie
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