Giving up pets: Animals' fortunes fal...

Giving up pets: Animals' fortunes fall in tough economy

There are 92 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Apr 20, 2009, titled Giving up pets: Animals' fortunes fall in tough economy. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

When people showed up to give away their dogs and cats at a local shelter last year, the main reasons they cited were "no time" and accidental pet pregnancies.

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#89 Apr 21, 2009
What could possibly speak louder or more to the shame of the state of America that our 'leadership' has brought us to than families being forced to decide between feeding their children or their pets?
Shame on us - America, shame on us.
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#90 Apr 21, 2009
Research wrote:
Good, we need less pets in Lakeview. There is too much dog doo doo all over the sidewalks from uncaring owners.
Thin the heard of the so called 'human' species in Lakeview and that will remove a lot of the two leg'd feces from your neighborhood. I'd rather live with most four leg'd creatures than the two leg'd sort - especially those from Lakeview.
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Saint Paul, MN

#91 Apr 21, 2009
mike wrote:
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I hope you lose your job and end up being forced to give up things you currently assume you "can handle", just so I can watch others of similar ignorance to your own tell you how "irresponsible" you are.
Wish in one hand and beat off in the other and tell me which one fills up first!

Hate to disappoint you sport but I was raised with the values that made this country the greatest in the world. Values and principles that you and the other freeloaders and near do wells lost along the way while expecting for your handouts and bailouts. Every year that I get a raise I increase my savings and investments by that amount. I don’t go out and spend it to keep up with the Jones. Oh and by the way what is your last name, Jones?
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#92 Apr 21, 2009
When you adopt an animal as a 'pet' you're undertaking a lifetime obligation of responsibility. Whether you chuck the cable, reduce your cell-phone usage, cut down on texting, dine out less, take public transportation a few times a month instead of driving, buy generic foods for yourself, curtail vacations, etc / whatever, a living being under your care is an OBLIGATION that you DON'T simply walk away from - period!
How hard is it to boil some rice {starch}, get some scraps of meat-trim'ns [protein] from a butcher [you'd be amazed at how much nutritional value is in fresh bone-marrow] to dice and cook, and then blend into the rice, and throw in some blanched veg's to the mix - dog-food!
If you can't figure out a way to come up with a buck or two a day to keep your animal alive - you're simply either not trying, or - totally stupid [on top of being a self-centered and egomaniacal dirt-bag]!
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Saint Paul, MN

#93 Apr 21, 2009
Ang wrote:
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Agreed. I would love to own a dog...one reason I CHOOSE not to, is the many stories I hear from people about exorbitant vet bills when your pet befalls a sudden health issue. Sure there is pet insurance, but (for me) that monthly insurance payment is more money in savings in uncertain times. I realize I'm not prepared to make all the sacrifices needed for pet ownership BECAUSE I am NOT prepared to live beyond the boundaries and means I have set for myself.
I give you a lot of credit and your sacrifice and common sense will serve you well in life and society. If there were more people like you we would not be in the mess we are in right now. Keep up the good work!
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#95 Apr 21, 2009
jjrg7 wrote:
Just a side FYI for those thinking of getting pets...My dog is less expensive to care for than my guinea pig, with all the constant bedding and hay I have to buy. Keep in mind that a smaller pet doesn't equal less expensive.
Include birds in this story...my husband got my daughter a cockatiel (a year old according to the pet shop) when she was six - she is now twenty three and has moved out. I still have him and he is healthy and could live another ten years.
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#96 Apr 22, 2009
Pets are us wrote:
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Include birds in this story...my husband got my daughter a cockatiel (a year old according to the pet shop) when she was six - she is now twenty three and has moved out. I still have him and he is healthy and could live another ten years.
My parents bought a cockateil in 1986 and 23 years later he is still there. Those birds live forever!

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#97 Apr 22, 2009
Schmed wrote:
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Wow...you seem to know everything about PAWS. Unfortunately, you are incorrect. Might want to volunteer there and actually see what it is all about. As far as turning this into a partisan debate...I am a Repub and quite frankly, you are a disgrace to our party. Get your facts straight.
Unfortunately, I have worked at PAWs & can tell you from experience that the only animals they take in are the best & brightest. They don't work with behavioral problems, i.e. fear biters or food aggressors. They want people like Oprah to come in & get a puppy that hasn't been properly vetted.

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#98 Apr 22, 2009
Marko wrote:
When one truly accepts a pet into their home as a member of their family, "giving them up" is unconscionable and should not even be an option. Why not give up your children too?! I have 4 pets and I have had some hard times in the past-- but I would have moved back in with my parents before even considering giving one of them up. I feel bad for these people giving up pets, but perhaps these people should not have had pets in the first place.
I chose to raise dogs, not humans. I think I am far better off with that decision. My best bud died about 5 weeks ago & I think today is the day Save-A-Pet is going to OK my new adoptee. It was tough choosing just 1 dog. I wanted to adopt all of them.

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#99 Apr 22, 2009
Karin wrote:
Did these people disconnect their cable TV and internet before determining they didn't have enough money to take care of their pets?
I would eat Mac & Cheese every night by candlelight before I would give up my "baby girl" ... she is one of God's creatures that I took the commitment to take care of!
Karin- you are a wonderful human being & any animal would be proud to call you companion.

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#100 Apr 22, 2009
wsbrat wrote:
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People who are bad mouthing PAWS regarding parvo know NOTHING about shelters. ALL SHELTERS CAN HAVE AN OUTBREAK OF PARVO. You have no idea what you are talking about and you are hurting a place that is helping homeless pets with incorrect information.
Please direct me to one of their many press releases where they said they quarantined the shelter because of parvo. Can you prove me wrong? I wish you will.
Gary Richards

Park Hills, MO

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