Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I Want A Pet

A pet is a member of our family. They are amazing creatures that love and comfort us. They make us laugh. That’s why, when choosing one, we need to be responsible and practical with our choice.

Often, I see postings from people trying to give away their pets. Most people are giving them away because they are not allowed in their new apartment or condo, a child is allergic or some other nonsense. I must admit these postings frustrate me.

You can’t just decide to have an animal and then get rid of it. It doesn’t work that way. As far as I’m concerned, pets are no different from people. Would you give away a family member? You might feel like it sometimes, but absolutely not!

You need to commit to the care of your animal for the rest of its life, always to be kind, appreciative and devoted to their life as you would your own. They trust us.

Once you have a pet, life changes. That means you can no longer choose places to live that don’t allow pets. If you or your child develops allergies, go to the doctor and get medication. There are also products that help control pet dander, thus helping your allergies.

You agreed to a home for the pet of your choice, so don’t go back on your word. Follow through and be committed. Turning it out on the street is not an option.

If you can’t understand any of the above, you have no business taking an innocent, trusting animal into your care. I would also think twice before having children if I were you.

For those individuals who are contemplating a pet, consider the following. Love your animals, and they’ll love you back. To betray them means you didn’t love them to begin with. Think before acting. – paerki

(A Special Note: Michael, the SPCA is lucky to have you and the animals too. Keep up the good work.)

DO …

Take your time deciding on a pet. This is an important decision that can impact your life forever. The decision process should be fun, but responsible.

Consider what aspects of your life are going to change with the acquisition of a new pet. Factor in your availability vs. the time the pet needs.

Determine provisions you will need such as shelter, food, health insurance and, again, time.

Consider a range of animals. Look around. Choose wisely. Never choose a pet because they are popular because of a movie your child saw (101 Dalmatians) or because a movie star made them popular (Paris Hilton and her Chihuahuas).

I strongly feel one must check out the local SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to acquire a pet. The pets there really need you!!

DON’T …

Acquire a pet on impulse or on a whim.

Acquire a pet as a gift for someone else.

Acquire a pet if your living situation is likely to dramatically change within a short period of time, possibly preventing you from devoting the time, energy and overall care your pet needs.


Acquire a pet because you "feel sorry for it" unless you are absolutely certain that its present living conditions are unacceptable and you are completely committed to either giving it a better home or finding one for it.



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