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Thread: Why do ppl dump their pets?

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    The other day I was out back and I saw a cat, a very skinny cat. He meowed at me but wouldn't come close so I had some left over chicken in the fridge and threw it out for him. He ate all that up quickly and only if I was inside. The next day I go out back and there he is meowing at me again. We had just finished dinner and had pork chops left so I threw those out to him. This time he let me get about 5 feet from him. He would just sit there and meow and then hiss at me. Meow and hiss, like he wanted to come near me but was afraid. I could get a good look at him and I could tell it had been some time sense he had eaten. Oh it just makes me so mad. I haven't seen him in 2 days, I hope he is ok.
    Why do ppl do things like this? We have an animal shelter where he would be taken care of. To me it is like taking your own child and dumping them in the woods to starve to death.
    Sorry I just had to vent. I have been thinking about this poor kitty being left like that. It's not right.

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    I agree. My daughter has three dogs all were to be put down. Her Great Dane was found wandering the desert starving and weighing about 25 pounds.

    My one dog was also dumped in the desert to die.

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    We have a man across the street from us that has a female cat. She has her litters under my house. Keeps my dogs barking at her. She is so wild we can get close to her.
    After she has had her kitten she will take them back to his house. I do wish he would get her spade so we don't end up with a lot of cat in the area.

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    Is very upsetting to see that, if the animal was indeed dumped. I always give the benefit of the doubt. Our local shelter is always full to capacity. No cats are accepted. A few years ago a woman in town passed away and her family found 14 cats in her house. No one could get near them and they all took off before they could be adopted to anybody.I also had a female cat that every once in a while disappeared and I later found out she was a few door down, happy as a clam, and making me look bad.

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    Before the economy got bad the local humane society would spay and give check ups on ferral cats for free. We would take the cats down and had them fixed then let them free again in the same area. The lady down the street fed them but they were no longer reproducing. This practice was encourage by the shelter.

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    LALALALALALA I am not listening. I can't take it. I have an abandoned kitten that is now 25 lbs of spoiled bad boy.

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    I have been adopted by a mommy cat and her three kittens :shock: I am feeding them for the moment , but I know they need to go to the animal control , makes me sad . They are ferral and won't let anyone near them .

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    A stray small gray cat has been hanging around for the past few days. I'm thinking it's a girl - she seems to have an injured left front paw because she's favoring it - and she has the prettiest greenish gray eyes.

    I don't want another cat. I don't want another cat. I don't want another cat.

    I'm feeding it until I can catch it and take it to a no-kill shelter. She? seems to recognize "cat food" because when I set it out she started eating it.

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    I don't understand it either, our furry babies were always treated just like our children. They may even be better behaved than the kids.lol

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    Our Apartment complex is near the edge of town. We have a wooded area behind us and animals are always showing up out back but this poor kitty was the first one that looked starved. It just makes me sick.

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    Sorry if the following sounds harsh, but...People who do this to animals are not worth the powder to blow them up, same goes for those who abuse animals. I have an adorable plump 15 yr. old cat. and love her so much.

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    I have no respect for people who treat animals as disposable pets. They are loving and living beings who depend on us. My babies are spoiled and loved. I don't let them go outside for fear of what might happen. I have a beautiful gray cat that has been dumped here. He gets fed daily. If I could get close enough to him I would take him in to be fixed. I'm working on it.

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    This made me cry, and I don't want to cry alone, so grab the tissues and read on..........

    A PET'S TEN COMMANDMENTS
    1. My life is likely to last 10-15 years. Any separation from you is likely to be painful.
    2. Give me time to understand what you want of me
    3. Place your trust in me. It is crucial for my well-being.
    4. Don't be angry with me for long and don't lock me up as punishment. You have your work, your friends, your entertainment, but I have only you.
    5. Talk to me. Even if I don't understand your words, I do understand your voice when speaking to me.
    6. Be aware that however you treat me, I will never forget it.
    7. Before you hit me, before you strike me, remember that I could hurt you, and yet, I choose not to bite you.
    8. Before you scold me for being lazy or uncooperative, ask yourself if something might be bothering me. Perhaps I'm not getting the right food, I have been in the sun too long, or my heart might be getting old or weak.
    9. Please take care of me when I grow old. You too, will grow old.
    10 On the ultimate difficult journey, go with me please. Never say you can't bear to watch. Don't make me face this alone. Everything is easier for me if you are there, because I love you so.

    ~Take a moment today to thank God for your pets. Enjoy and take good care of them.
    Life would be a much duller, less joyful experience without God's critters.
    ~Now please pass this on to other pet owners. We do not have to wait for Heaven, to be surrounded by hope, love, and joyfulness. It is here on earth and has four legs!

    Carol B

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    It makes me furious also. Last year, just before we were to leave for NZ, our dog treed a cat. I brought him in and hope she would go home. Well it turned out she had taken up residence in our shed. She did the same meow, hiss, meow, hiss, and looked half starved. I did not want another cat, but DH said, you can't let her starve (I would have caved soon anyway) so I would take food out and when I went in she would eat, eventually she let me touch her briefly...well long story short, it turned out she was pregnant and had 4 kittens. I actually lost sleep worrying about what to do with them when we left for NZ as it was getting cold at night here in PA. A sweet lady at church that has a farm and a little girl who loves cats, took the kittens, we had the mamma vetted and boarded her until we came home. We had her spayed and she is now a very spoiled house cat, a calico and named Patches. We also had 4 dogs at one time 2 dumped and 2 shelter animals. All my animals are spayed and or neutered, and very loved. Can't understand how people can dump animals like that, I understand there are pets that wander off, but we live in a rural area, and animals are dumped frequently.

    Bless all of you who have helped abandoned animals in any way.

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    Personally speaking, I think people that dump animals should be shot, no questions asked.

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    I started feeding the neighbor's kittens when they would attack me as I was taking the trash out, at first just table scraps, well one day the two of them was waiting outside for their food and all I had left was some egg noodles, wide ones. The yellow kitten was scarfing them down so fast, that he started choking, he wouldn't let me near him to help, and i think he went off and died choking on the egg noodles, I felt so terrible, never saw him again. Well after that ordeal, I took the other kitten in, no more scraps, regular kitten food, milk, the whole nine yards. I still have her to this day, which has been 6 years now, plus a daughter of hers. They are both fixed, and very well taken care of. They are just as much family as our children are. I still have a hard time fixing egg noodles to this day. Poor yellow fellow.

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    Some people have no business getting pets. We've had strays dropped off many times in our area because we're out in the country. Instead of people taking them to the animal shelters they go for a drive & dump them off in the country. It doesn't make sense.

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    Our latest foster is an old old dog- the vet thinks about 14 years old. He has no fur on his back, and hemangiosarcomas (cancer spots) that have to be taken off. He was clearly a loved pet at one time. He's a total sweetheart. And he was found dumped way out in the country in MO.

    Doing rescue, it would just shock you the things people do to animals. I think that perhaps his people died or went to a nursing home and someone just thought he would wander into a better place????

    He lost 16 teeth last week at his dental, because his mouth was a total mess, and will have the cancers taken off next week. And he has already found a home with the young couple that sometimes fosters for us. His name is Ichabod and the last years of his life will be safe and happy.

    Last year, I got a mother and dad and a litter of three pups less than 5 weeks old- dumped about a mile from the shelter, because it was closed. WTF?

    I keep saying that I'm going to take a break from rescue, but unfortunately, there is no shortage of animals to save.

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    I used to work at a pet store and pets would get dumped there :( My two cats were rescues that a woman brought in after the mother got hit by a car. Another girl got a black lab pup that got abandoned. Another time, a woman brought in two half starved, very young kittens, covered in fleas - she said that some one opened a car door and dumped them out on the curb and she brought them to us. Another time a box with 5 kittens was left in the middle of an aisle. Some eople are assholes and shouldn't have a pet.

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    Our barn is close to the road so we get a lot of cats dumped off here. There must be close to 20 cats in the barn now. We just keep feeding them and we don't have a mouse or squirrel problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pam Pollock
    Some people have no business getting pets. We've had strays dropped off many times in our area because we're out in the country. Instead of people taking them to the animal shelters they go for a drive & dump them off in the country. It doesn't make sense.
    When I lived out in the country that happened by my house too. Always in the middle of the night I'd hear a strange car coming down the road, stop in front of my house (I was 1/2 way between any intersections) and I'd hear the car door open and close. Then the car would speed off. In the morning I'd find a dog or cat outside. Mostly I called the dog catcher, but I did keep a cat once. He was the best cat I ever had. So I could never figure out why he was dumped.
    But people who abandon these poor animals should be ashamed of themselves. I live in Ohio where it gets pretty cold and these idiots would drop off animals in the middle of winter too.

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    Growing up we lived on a farm and people were always dumping unwanted pets near our house. We even once had a shetland pony show up. That was after a tornado went through but no one ever claimed him. Daddy kept him for years until the grandkids didn't ride him anymore then gave him to a man for his two daughters. We called all the local horse farms but still no one claimed him. Someone had shot him with buckshot so after Momma nursed him back to health that became his name. We know he belonged to someone because he had a clipped mane and tale when he arrived.

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    my mom when she was living found cat with rope tied on her neck cutting into her skin, her and step dad took it in, turned out to be full blood persian, so beautiful and sweet. I have took in dogs and found homes for them, stories turned out wonderful. cant save world but can make a difference.

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    What is most disturbing about such stories is that so called "people" who abuse animals are only one step away from abusing humans. I'm sure there are those who won't think abandoning an animal is the same thing as out right abuse but IMHO, abuse is abuse, and totally heartless.

    Put me down for several rescues. We took in Missy almost three years ago weh we realized her owners were no longer feeding her and winter was approaching. I was so tempted to call the authorities but was afraid they'd say she wandered off and wanted her back, just to dodge any legal trouble. Several of us in the neighborhood know the true story so we "watch" to make sure they don't get any more pets; if they do, we will call.

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