After a long break I’m back. I’ve been busy lately, so please forgive me my lack of blogging. As you might remember I talked about commitment a few months back, referring to the commitment that volunteers bring to shelter life daily. There’s another kind of commitment, however, that some people take very lightly. I’m talking about adopting a dog (or any pet for that matter). Adopting a pet brings a lot of responsibilities. Those creatures depend on us: for food, for treatment, when they are sick, for love. Before adopting a pet one should be aware of this responsibility and of the financial costs that this brings with it. And that, depending on the breed of the dog and how old the dog is when people adopt him, a dog shares a humans life for ten to 16 years (if not longer). You might ask, if not everyone takes this into consideration. You would think. But many people are not aware of the commitment they are getting into. At the shelter we encounter it on a regular basis, that people return the dogs they have adopted from us. There are reasons that are understandable: you can’t really do anything about losing your house. But just moving is a reason I do not understand. For those people it is just inconvenient to find a place that accepts pets. I could never imagine not to take my pets when I move. They are part of the family. Other reasons are divorce or having a baby. I can imagine that it’s hard on parents at first (I don’t have children, so I don’t speak from experience) but I’m sure there is a way to get your dog used to the baby. There people out there who are professionals and who are able to help you. The reason for returning a dog I understand the least, is when people adopt a puppy and then bring her back after a year, because she is not small and cuddly anymore. A lot of the times those dogs have never been worked with and have no social skills. One dog that was adopted as a puppy and returned a year later is Wendy. She was returned five years ago and and now we are happy to say is loving life in her new forever home. Yeah Wendy!
So, please, if you consider adopting a dog or other pet, be aware of the commitment. They are not disposable items. They are loving creatures who have feelings. It’s always a sad day, when a dog gets returned. We feel for them, we are sad for them and we hope that another family will come along who will adopt them and make them part of their family. I LOVE having those great dogs at the shelter, but that is the selfish me. I love seeing them every day, but I would love it even more if they found a family that commits to them.