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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usedbookman

Port Orchard, WA

#1 Apr 20, 2009
If you can't keep your pet, please surrender it to a shelter, or pure breed rescue. Animals that are just discarded and abandoned outdoors frequently end up as prey for other animals, or sometimes as roadkill. If you give it away, know who it is going to, so it doesn't end up as a laboratory test animal. Many people traffic in animals for this purpose.
Mike

Montgomery, AL

#2 Apr 21, 2009
I have been fortunate that I have a government job and so far nobody has been let go. It would be very hard to give up my pets.

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

A winter wonderland

#3 Apr 21, 2009
We currently have a 13-yr old dog with us & are in the process of adopting another dog. I don't know what I would do without them in my life. We have made provisions so that if my husband were to lose his job, we wouldn't have to take them to a shelter. This is a lifestyle choice, not just a matter of having a furry toy to play with. Yes, the adoption process can be long & seemingly pointless from a human standpoint, but it's for the animal's welfare. The shelters want the best home for the dog, & humans aren't their top priority.
Hardliner

Homer Glen, IL

#4 Apr 21, 2009
The example they used of the Braidwood man who lost his job, house and now four dogs does exactly elicit the pity response from me. Rather it makes me think yet another irresponsible person living pay check to check constantly taking on more debt and responsibility than they can handle just to make themselves feel better in the moment. That guy maybe should have had one dog never four.
Michael Vik

Midlothian, IL

#6 Apr 21, 2009
Hardliner wrote:
The example they used of the Braidwood man who lost his job, house and now four dogs does exactly elicit the pity response from me. Rather it makes me think yet another irresponsible person living pay check to check constantly taking on more debt and responsibility than they can handle just to make themselves feel better in the moment. That guy maybe should have had one dog never four.
Good post. It's an example of living beyond means, and as a result the 4-leggers end up out in the cold. That said, a good dog for example can be theraputic in time of crisis when the walls are closing in - I just don't see why a guy needs four of them.

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

A winter wonderland

#7 Apr 21, 2009
JRR wrote:
PAWS seems to have developed a way to deal with surplus pets--expose them to a terrible disease (parvovirus) and watch them die. PAWS spends way too much of its money on glitz and lobbying to suit me.
I agree. I was appalled when I heard that Oprah's puppy from PAWS died from parvo. The next thing I should have read was that PAWS immediately quarantined the entire facility, but unfortunately, I didn't see that printed anywhere. Don't they routinely test all dogs that come in, since parvo can very quickly become fatal? Or did Oprah have to have the puppy as soon as it came in & if so, did they cave in to her celebrity? I wish the Trib would acknowledge that there are other, better shelters in & around the city.
Billy Bob

United States

#8 Apr 21, 2009
It has to be a heart rending experience for a lot of
people.
Elle

Chicago, IL

#10 Apr 21, 2009
This article really rings true for me... over the past 6 months, I have seen THREE pure bred, beautiful dogs wandering the sides of busy roads (one on Wacker Drive at 7am!) with no collars. I can only assume their owners let them out for a "walk" and never let them back in. In these instances, I have been the only person to pull over and try to coax the pups into my car... please take your dogs to shelters if you can no longer care for them. There is no shame in giving up a dog for its own well being.
mrs073

Naperville, IL

#11 Apr 21, 2009
We just adopted a rescued pet who was picked up by Animal Control in Ohio. He unfortunately wasn't chipped, but he definitely was in a home where someone loved him because he is a very caring and sweet dog. We were very fortunate to find him. It breaks my heart to think that so many pets out there are wondering "what happened to my family"? PLEASE if you have to relinquish your pet for ANY reason -- GO to a rescue center. DO NOT just let your pet on their own for any reason. A pet used to being in a home cannot survive on their own. It's not fair! Also -- please do not just dump them somewhere. I talked to one rescue org. that said a dog was thrown over their fence in the middle of the night by someone & they found it laying there in the morning with 2 broken legs.
luvdogs

Chicago, IL

#12 Apr 21, 2009
i already have 2 dogs and i wish i could take in someone else's dog for the time being. but it would just be too much for me to handle as it is. my heart goes out to the owners who had to give up their beloved pets.
Research

Chicago, IL

#13 Apr 21, 2009
Good, we need less pets in Lakeview. There is too much dog doo doo all over the sidewalks from uncaring owners.
rob

Gardner, IL

#14 Apr 21, 2009
I can understand if you lost your home and could not take your dog to your new home.....But, if you have one dog and you give it up because you have no food??? Come on people during wars have lived on much less, you mean you cant give a little food from your plate??? I think alot of these folks should not have had thses pets to begin with......

“Snow days!”

Since: Nov 08

A winter wonderland

#15 Apr 21, 2009
luvdogs wrote:
i already have 2 dogs and i wish i could take in someone else's dog for the time being. but it would just be too much for me to handle as it is. my heart goes out to the owners who had to give up their beloved pets.
I applaud you for knowing your own limitations. Too many people just keep taking on more animals than they are financially, physically or emotionally able to care for. When I worked with a rescue, they got very angry with me because I refused to take on more dogs than I could handle. I already had 3 in the house, along with 1 cat. They wanted me to take in a dog with both front legs broken. He needed to be crated 24 hrs/day. Picked up to go outside & in general, nearly constant care. I couldn't do it & told them so. I was pushed out of the organization for being "uncooperative".
Vaughan Johnson

Libertyville, IL

#16 Apr 21, 2009
These hard choices should have been made before they decided to get a dog. Not after.
ralph

Girard, OH

#17 Apr 21, 2009
These are very sad stories but in reality in other countries these dogs would be dinner. What is the difference between a dog and a pig. Both make good pets. Unfortunately there are too many pets without good homes.
Michael in Montana

United States

#18 Apr 21, 2009
I took in a rescue dog from a shelter in Evanston Illinois 15years ago, this Akita was the love of my life,it broke my heart when he passed on. Dogs are very theraputic indeed. It must be heart wrenching for some of these people to have to part with their pets.
the truth

San Francisco, CA

#19 Apr 21, 2009
Mike wrote:
I have been fortunate that I have a government job and so far nobody has been let go. It would be very hard to give up my pets.
Fortunate that you have a government job? What has this country come to?
Emmy

Chicago, IL

#20 Apr 21, 2009
Does anyone know what kind of dog Bruiser (in the pic) is? He's so cute.
Chuck

Addison, IL

#21 Apr 21, 2009
To me this exposes people who do not understand that when you get a pet, you get it for life. You need to think it through and come up with a plan if you do lose your job and end up with no money. Who is going to take care of it? Always look at the worst case scenario and figure out what you're going to do. To think that the shelter is your way is not good enough. Nor dumping the animal on the side of the road. And don't assume family will help you out either. Having an animal is a big responsibility and one you need to take seriously.
Obot

Rochester, MI

#22 Apr 21, 2009
the truth wrote:
<quoted text>
Fortunate that you have a government job? What has this country come to?
If Obama gets his way, we'll all be begging the govt for our daily ration of bread.

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