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Please don't leave me!

Updated on October 5, 2015

Broken Hearts

The matter in which we as intelligent and supposedly 'humane' creatures dispose of our 'pets' is despicable at the least! And for those 'pets' it is heart-breaking!

Most of us have been hit hard by economy and the dying job market, but for me it does not explain why we 'get rid of' a 'pet' in such manner!

Maybe I am wrong for thinking of them as family, but I find it hard to think of a living creature as nothing but a 'tool'!

I don't know how many times I saw dogs in horrible conditions along streets and highways! It breaks my heart! And the cats that do get caught by Animal Control face certain death! The adoption rate for any animal is practically non-existent, but for cats the trip to AC is too often their last! Millions of pets are euthanized every year!

And the methods are too often very much compatible what Adolf Hitler and his Nazis did to the Jews! Or what would you call death by gas or 'heart-stick'?!

Any true rescuer will tell you about the heartbreak, the many times they burned out and couldn't stop, the hundreds of emails about needy and unwanted animals facing death!

But... "If not you, who? If not now, when?"


The Methods

Ever wondered why some hunting dogs have numbers painted on their sides?

Somebody didn't see them important enough to name them!

And when they fail or season is over, they 'get rid of' them!

I once picked up a 23lb Foxhound from a busy highway. A dog who should have weight 65lbs and needed fed every hour small portions until we were sure he wouldn't die!

Soon after I pulled another Foxhound from a horrible kill shelter. She was skin and bones and unable to eat large portions of food! The vet said she had gotten too used to little or no food!

The local dumping ground 'delivered' to me a handsome Schnauzer mix. It was cold, dark and rainy and he could have been easily run over by a passing car!

A former neighbor had three beautiful Lab pups. While I was gone they walked into a yard to visit an unspayed Pit that a lady kept as a watch dog. She complained about the 'visit' and the dogs were picked up. The neighbor didn't feel like picking them and they were euthanized. They were the neighborhood kids' best friends until the day they died an unnecessary death!

The same neighborhood always had strays running around. The two times I didn't take one in showing up at my house... I found it dead a day later on the side of the road. I had asked their owners to please contain them and keep them safe!

Too many friends and coworkers used my affiliation with animal rescue to have me 'remove their issues'. Sometimes people would throw animals across my fence and drive off!

But the worst one came two nights ago when I am coming home from class! I found this cat on the road that friends and I belief to have been dumped.

She is blind!

It was dark, it was cold, she was in the middle of the road... blind!

The Horror never ends!

I could show you hundreds of horror stories send to me by email or posted on my Facebook wall! The methods used are just horrible!

Animals starve, get run over, get shot by annoyed neighbors, end up in kill shelters to be euthanized!

Or worse: End up picked up from classified websites for free and used as dog bait for dog fighting; dying a often slow, horribly painful and drawn out death!

Who am I kidding!? It's not just 'pets'! The chicken trucks from a nearby farm always make me want to cry!

What happened to a Society that is considered, humane, civilized, educated...?!

If we claim to be the 'better' species, than why was this blind cat sitting in the middle of nowhere on the road; just waiting to be run over!?

We humans are the only species that will hurt another or ourselves for poor spite! No other species will hurt or kill without reasons of survival or genetically imprinted survival instincts not lost in domestication!

Why did the blind cat sit on the road? Why did the starving Hound get ignored by docents of people driving pass in their cars? Why was the dog tied up at the Vet's office door?


If you allow a living creature into your life, no matter if child, dog, cat or else, you are responsible for their well-being!

So if you have to 'get rid of it', please do it responsible and be the 'better' species!


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      Petfriends 5 years ago from New England Area

      So true and heart-wrenching. I know animals are cute and cuddly but with that comes a lot of responsibility. Responsible pet ownership is so key. So many times pets are acquired for the wrong reason to later be easily discarded. I simple just don't get it. These stories kill me. I just wrote a hub on why I sponsor a pet to at least do my part in helping our little furry friends.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      My wife and I always take care of the strays on the street. We do what we can for them. We both have big hearts and can't help but feel for them. It is the right thing to do. Very good article and message.

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      Cat R 5 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      It's sad to say that some European countries have a better handle on their overpopulation problem. And some of them are much worse. I think we could fix ours with making spay/neuter affordable and setting inspection/qualification standards for breeders of any kind.

      I recently adopted two Irish Wolfhounds that were about to be euthanized because they weren't full blooded. And I took a Border Collie X in for that was refused help by a BC rescue for the same reason and was hairless from mange; a issue that is a temporary challenge, not a death sentence.

      I know the feeling of not being able to take more, but my solution is/was to crosspost and help get the information out there, arrange for transports by getting conversations going, transporting until my car grew old! There are always ways to help! Communication is the major part of it and things like transportation and fostering can be life-savers! And if you are in a better financial situation, you can always donate spay/neuter certifications and such to legitimate people/rescues (best way to do it is to donate to the vet directly).

      Rescue is not a competition, it's all about teamwork! And every member of the team has a 'job' and is as important as any other!

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      Joyce Haragsim 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

      I feel sad reading about these poor animals left out to be run over or strave to death. Why has the world changed so much? I have a ginger cat that I feed he comes over the wall to my sliding door and waits to be fed. With his greens eyes pleading for food. Today he showed up with a little tear on his ear. Your great hub should make people realize how awful it is to dump their pets, Joyce

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      Suzie ONeill 5 years ago from Lost in La La Land

      I couldn't agree with you more! If I only had a bigger house and yard, I'd take in even more animals. It breaks my heart the way that people neglect and mis-treat animals. I agree with what you said about "if not me." My little old house is currently completely over-run by cats but they all have sad stories and needed a home, so I took them in 1 (sometimes 2) at a time. Having this many cats is expensive and a lot of work, but I know that I can give them a safe, happy life. I'm sure that you can relate!

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Dawn Ross 5 years ago

      Such a sad post and unfortunately so very true. These things make me so sick as well. I used to work at an animal shelter and some of the animals that came in were in the worst shape I could possibly imagine. One was an Irish Wolfhound brought in by a man in a suit. The dog had terrible mange, sores, and extremely long toe nails. He had been fed, but it was obvious he had spent his life ignored on a chain in the yard. He was listless. His mind was gone. The man in the suit said that they found him and tried to rehabilitate him. LIAR!

      I have had dogs all my life (6 at one time when I worked at the animal shelter years ago). I have never purchased a dog because there has always been one available to adopt/rescue. My most recent dog is a Border Collie or Aussie mix. He and a Chow mix had been living at a park for three weeks before I heard about it. Why someone dumped them, I couldn't imagine. They are so super sweet but were leash shy and difficult to catch. I finally caught them both after three days. I kept the one and the Chow mix is up for adoption. I don't usually drop links but here is the story of my new dog Pierson of whom I'd like to think that God put in my path just shortly after my other dog Sephi's death.

      Rescued dogs are the best!!! Thanks Cat R for making people more aware.

      One more thing. I agree with the chickens too. I only buy eggs and meat from chickens raised without antibiotics and cage free. Beef and pork are not as accessible yet, but I have managed to find some at our whole food stores.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Your hub makes me angry and sad at the same time. I simply cannot understand the mentality of people who abandon or mistreat animals. I can't count how many cats and dogs I have picked up on the side of the road or that have been dumped out at our place in the country. It breaks my heart. Animals do have a soul and these people that do these horrible things to them, will pay for it someday. In the mean time, people like you and I will continue to try to help the poor animals. Thank you for sharing this information. Voted up and awesome!

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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      You share a painful reality.I look at our treatment of animals and wonder what is wrong with humanity. So many of us have lost even our common decency. Then I meet people like you and just pray for more. Good hub.

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      James Kenny 5 years ago from Birmingham, England

      I wholeheartedly agree with you Cat R. I have a cousin who works in a vets, and some of the stories she's told me are enough to make you weep.

      Fortunately over in the UK, we have a charity called 'The Dogs Trust' and they do an excellent job in rescuing and re-homing Dogs, they never put a healthy Dog down, and every Christmas they'll put commercials on the TV stating 'A Dog is for life, not just for Christmas'.