I read this news article and found it disgusting!
What is possibly more disgusting is that I’ve saw so many similar articles over the past year. Pet owners who no longer want their pets and have either:
- Put them in a cardboard box and dumped them
- Opened their car door, whilst moving, and dumped them
- Just simply dump them
Yes, situations change and owners sometimes can no longer look after their pets for numerous reasons. Cost, allergies, property restrictions, behavior or just simply people changing their minds can all result in pets getting re-homed every day. The key word being re-homed. There are many wonderful services that take on animals and work, sometimes unpaid, to then find them a “forever home”.
You can use Google to find your nearest shelter, if you have no internet (arggggh!) you can pop into the local charity shops or if you don’t do popping in you can ASK ANYONE!
So, why do these poor animals still get abandoned?
The, gorgeous might I add, dog in this particular example was left with a tray of food and extra unopened cans. The animal that dumped him obviously “cared” enough to leave him food (no means of opening the unopened ones which just sums up that person’s mentality altogether) before leaving. Okay, they made the decision to dump him. Fine. Perhaps they were embarrassed? Fine. Why not dump him outside an animal shelter rather than on the side of a busy road? Why not go one step further and take him into the animal shelter and say “I found him in a lay by” to save your embarrassment? After all that’s what someone else has eventually had to do on their behalf.
Animal shelters such as Mrs Murrays in Aberdeen do an amazing job and wouldn’t it be great if they had a “drop cage” outside so that unwanted animals could be dropped (placed) into outside of opening hours? They could be properly looked after in the morning by the volunteers rather than putting them through all the needless distress.
I often have a look at the websites of animal shelters and time after time I see the same breed of dog looking for a new home. It is the breed of dog preferred by, how shall I say it nicely, JUNKIES. They get the dog, have it for a while and then it ends up in a shelter. That’s sad enough but what happens in the time between sometimes doesn’t even bear thinking about.
All of this makes me so angry and in my opinion it is excellent justification to make sure owners have licenses before they are trusted to give a pet the attention and care that they deserve.
Good luck Benson, I hope you find your forever home really soon.