Thursday, September 22, 2005

Disposable Animals

Why I killed my Cat

This post had me boiling mad. Why is it that people seem to feel justified to put an animal down because it no longer fits into their lifestyle? This is not about whether people are more important than animals - this is about taking on an animal. You make the decision to take in the animal, so you should be responsible for it.

For example, this woman has a yard - why not build a little shelter for it in the fenced in yard? The cat could live outside AND be safe. Her house wouldn't be soiled either.

Also, why bring the cat to the humane shelter to kill it? Why are societies the dumping ground for everyone's unwanted pet? No one wants to feel bad - so let's just pass the responsibility to a shelter or society so it's not MY fault. The writer and her family didn't even spend the few extra dollars (despite spending thousands on furniture replacement, vet fees, etc) to have it put down at the vet rather than bringing a stressed out cat to a shelter to put it down. It seems that the writer wasn't there, and neither was her daughter - the pet that she admitted did bring some joy to their lives, was just sent to be killed. Out of sight, out of mind.

Again I really wish everyone in the family was made to stand there and watch as they kill these animals. I bet euthanasia rates would go down.


Blogger budak said...

I saw that Slate article headline, but couldn't bring myself to open and read it.

Laughingcow shares another perspective on the whole dilemma, though from a dog's angle (but just as applicable):

23/9/05 10:30 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes poor shelter workers and volunteers - it seems most don't last beyond the two year mark and some get so affected by it, it really scars them. Of course it would - you're an animal lover in the first place otherwise why be in a shelter?

Been meaning to read the book - must get down to it!

23/9/05 11:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope shelters can get these people to sign a form to AUTHORISE the euthanising of their pet. Shift the responsiblility back to them. It may not be as effective as forcing them to watch the process, but at least, it give them another chance to reconsider the decision.

24/9/05 10:45 AM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think they do - or at least they tell them there's a good chance the animal will be euthanised, but people hang on to the thought that THEIR animal will be one of the lucky ones that isn't.

24/9/05 1:26 PM  

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