It's a Dog's Life
Stephanie "Foster Mom" O'Brien

Are You Up For The Challenge?

Posted Monday, November 25, 2013, at 8:18 PM
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  • I have also come across numerous articles lately about shelters that are working with owners on pet retention. I think it is a fabulous idea.

    I've always said that it is very easy to become jaded in the world of animal rescue. After being presented with numerous false statements of why an animal is being surrendered, it lowers the capacity to feel compassion for those people...if you let it.

    Not every person that presents with an unfortunate situation in which they can no longer keep their pet is being dishonest. Especially in communities such as this where pet-friendly housing is all but non-existent. It is very real that residents of NW Iowa are not able to keep their pets because of a move.

    I would love to see a partnership working toward a solution for the person to keep their pet. Even if animals are only in a shelter environment for a short time, the stress they encounter is dramatic and can have a lasting affect on the animal.

    What I would love to see, for areas with the problem of pet-friendly housing like ours, is more involvement in working toward a resolution. I'm not sure how it could even be accomplished, but since it is such a huge problem, I wish that steps would be taken that could find an area of compromise between landlords and tenants.

    It is also really easy for many to say that if the person cannot afford vet bills, they shouldn't have the animal to begin with. I strongly disagree with that belief. I've seen, first hand, an animal that suffered neglect from an owner that was an "upstanding" member of the community, that had plentiful financial resources. I've also seen, first-hand, people that went without things they needed to provide their animal with vet care. Unexpected, or emergency vet care can be very expensive. Even the most financially stable person may not be fully equipped to deal with the payment in full policy of vet offices. It does not mean that person is any less of a pet lover than the next.

    Thank you for choosing this topic.

    -- Posted by simonsays77 on Thu, Dec 12, 2013, at 3:56 PM
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