That Loving Family Pet is a Lifetime Commitment

I should state for the record that I am an absolute nut when it comes to the dogs.  Winston the Wonder Chihuahua and T’akaya the Brilliant Border Collie are spoiled rotten and add a lot to the family.  So that puts this under the category of rant.  Consider yourself forewarned.

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of animals being rehomed on my local buy/sell page.  This is something that I have a really hard time relating to; rehoming has always been something done with friends and family on the rare occasions that it’s been done at all.  It’s never been done because we just plain couldn’t keep an animal for some reason.  It’s always been because the friend/family member essentially fell in love with that pet and the feeling was mutual…. plus, for some reason, my parents had determined that they needed that pet more than we did.  A little old lady family friend who had recently lost her spouse.  A lonely grandmother.  A confirmed bachelor who was terribly lonely after his hounddog died.  It’s things of that nature.

It’s hard for me to imagine just not being able to keep a pet for some reason.  It’s even harder for me to imagine giving a pet that I loved and adored, who was part of the family, to strangers.

On one hand, we don’t have a non-kill shelter in our city, and the economy in general is pretty crappy.  People have to move.  Allergies are developed.  I understand that stuff happens, even though I know that I personally would fight tooth and nail before my pups went to live somewhere else.  And I also know that Winston could not be rehomed; he’d grieve himself to death over me.  To just give him away and leave him would be cruel.

But when things happen, I understand when someone is frantically looking for a good new home for their pet so that she won’t have to go to a shelter and possibly die.  I understand wanting a home where that pet will be loved and become part of a new family.  To me, that should be the absolute first priority if you have a pet that you cannot keep for one reason or another.

This brings me on to the thing that seriously ticks me off.  Lately, I’ve been seeing people try to sell their older pets online because they can’t keep them anymore.  $300 for a two year old puggle, $500 for a 3 year old border collie who needs to go to someone with land and livestock in order to work.  I’m sorry, but if you can’t keep the dog, shouldn’t your first priority be to keep the thing alive and loved instead of trying to “earn back” your money?  If that animal is your best friend like you claim, then why are you more concerned with someone being able to pay you for the pet in the first place instead of trying to find the best possible home for him?

I don’t understand it.  And I don’t think that trying to get money from an animal that you’re trying to save is the wisest course of action.  What are your thoughts on people who try to sell older dogs instead of just focusing on getting them in a good place?

About Suzi

Suzi is an American ex-pat living in British Columbia. She's a cloth diaper addict, wife, mom of three, and President of the Prince George chapter of Cloth for a Cause.

Comments

  1. This post hit close to home! We had to give away our 12 year old Husky last week. It was HEARTBREAKING to say the least. And my husband mistakenly deleted their contact info, so we can’t even know how she’s doing! It’s one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make!

    But Nikita was not too fond of our 1 1/2 year old, and so was relegated to a small patch of the house in the front entry-way. It was so unfair to her! I really wish the outcome would have been different, she was and always will be a true part of our family! We miss her terribly!

    Warmest regards,
    Joy
    http://www.PardonMyPoppet.com/PipSqueaks
    Pardon My Poppet ~ Pip Squeaks from the Mummy-verse!

    • It sucks to have to rehome, but I trust that your primary concerns was a good home for her and not “trying to recoup” whatever you spent on her. 🙁 Hopefully the new owners will contact you for an update.

  2. Wow! I agree. If for some reason I would ever have to find my cat or dog a new home, I would not be selling my beloved animals. I would be trying to find the best forever home for them. I am so sad for these animals!

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