Domestic Help and Pets
The adoption volunteer mentioned to me that one of the things she noticed was that one of the reasons cats seem to be given up for adoption is when their domestic helpers return home. She said that quite a few people write in and ask for the adoption team to help to rehome their pets because they no longer feel they can cope. When the domestic helper leaves, the pet finds itself homeless. I was just thinking about this as I was writing an article we plan to contribute to the AVA newsletter on not abandoning animals.
Sometimes circumstances may change, and people find that they cannot cope - perhaps someone in the family is ill. It is true that there may be all sorts of valid reasons why people feel they really cannot cope. However, it is a shame if an animal is given up because it becomes inconvenient. It is certainly frustrating and tiring for example, especially for new mothers - yet you don't see them giving their children away if their domestic help suddenly has to leave.
The question I suppose is if animals are part of the family - if they are, then somehow people will try and struggle through. The adoption volunteer was asked to rehome a dog (yes you did read that right) over the weekend - someone told her that the dog had to be rehomed that same day because her domestic help had left. She said that she loved the dog very much but it had to be gone by the same day as she had to work on Monday.
Even if circumstances are such that you really need to adopt the animal out, surely for all the time that the animal has spent with you that you try and find it a good home - and not just anyone who says they will take it in? One thing that does bother me is that people often make plans months in advance if they are moving, for their furniture, their clothes, etc - but they only think of the animal they are not taking with them, at the very last minute. If you are going to give an animal up, then please, start looking for a new home early at the very least.