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Pet responsibility: Don’t ship them off to irresponsible home



I would like to bring awareness to a problem that I am seeing quite a bit in our local area. This issue is regarding pets that people are trying to re-home. My family believes in pets as family members. We don’t take them in on a whim. Our family is blessed in the fact that we are rural and have the luxury of room to let our pets run. A lot of homes are in town and need to be aware of, not only the room they have, but their neighbors also.

I recently had an experience with an individual who wanted a kitten that we had listed on social media. They seemed reliable and gave a very convincing story about their home. Within a two-hour space of time this individual e-mailed me stating the kitten was not going to work out but their friend wanted the kitten for her two girls. I stated that was fine, but I wanted the kitten back if it did not work out. Two days later a complete stranger showed up at my house and returned with the kitten. This person had no idea about the ‘alleged’ home with two girls. The original person never bothered to contact me to apologize or explain the situation.

This was frustrating to me as this person just didn’t care about the fact that I had turned down another home, so she could have the kitten. I’m sure this has happened to other people in town also.

I have noticed that there is an increasing trend in that the same people are taking pets because they are free, then turning around and re-homing them somewhere else. This, to me, is so incredibly irresponsible. They clearly have no regard for the animals’ well-being whatsoever.

I know, if I am in this situation again, I will be interviewing potential homes and not just giving a pet away to the first pair of hands. I would encourage other pet owners to do the same thing. Pets should be treated with respect and dignity, not just shipped off to an irresponsible home.

Michelle Slichter

Grangeville



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