Sometimes I swear I am never going to go back online again! Why would I say that? Is it not ever so convenient?
Generally yes it is! When I was a young woman, who would have thought there would be a time when I could go to the bank or go shopping or even visit the library from the comfort of my comfy if cat scratched computer chair? With a world of knowledge at my fingertips, why would I ever think of throwing my laptop in the pond?
That answer is so simple a stump could understand! Both the free online ad sites and Facebook are full of desperate pleas for someone … anyone … to rescue an unending parade of poor pets! Why would I say this? Doesn’t social networking saves lives?
Why yes it does … but in many instances more lives could be saved if the pet owners could do their part too! What do I mean by that? Is it not enough to advertise that a pet needs a new home? To stress the urgency by reminding readers of the Unhappy Alternatives that will follow if new digs cannot be found? ( The sticky subject of how so many still use the threat of surrendering their pet to the SPCA is a pet peeve of mine that will get a post of its own on another day, eh?)
Lets face it …. even the biggest rescue hearts do not have deep pockets or a limitless pool of available fosters. Here in the real world …. cat free, dog free and child free fosters are few and far between for every cat and dog rescue in this province! More importantly, here in Nova Scotia there are no open admission No Kill shelters either!
Yet every week Facebook is full of urgent pleas for beautiful pets! Do they all find ‘room at the inn’ somewhere? Sadly no! ( The very testy topic of why some rescuers are still moved to bring dogs in from away … even knowing full well there are NOT enough available rescue slots for the homeless pets already here in this province … is a sorry subject that will once again have a post of its own someday soon )
But I am wandering afield as I am often wont to do in my meandering way. The point I am trying to make today is that very, very few people ever expect that there will come a day when they will be posting desperate pleas on behalf of their puppy or kitten!
The worst bit of course is that from a rescue perspective, more lives could be saved if all pet owners were simply proactive enough to:
- Spay or neuter your pets! When rescues have to roll up their fundraising sleeves for every dollar they spend, it is just a fact of life that it is going to be cheaper ….ergo easier … for a rescue to take a pet that is already altered!
- Provide regular vet care for your pet .. even if all that is needed is an annual checkup. When there is a documented set of vet records, once again it is easier for rescues to take a pet!
- Keep your pet’s vaccinations up to date. This is particularly important anytime there is a parvo or FL scare.
- Teach pets to ‘play nice’ with his or her friends. To be brutally blunt … it is much more difficult to find a rescue slot for an aggressive dog because most fosters already have at least one or two pets of their own.
- Love makes the world go round! If you play and cuddle and have fun with your pet, you are not creating a situation where they will only be able to love you! What you are doing is teaching them that humans can be trusted … and THAT will be a useful thing for them to know if they are ever in need of new digs.
- Teach your pet some cute tricks. None of us are fortune tellers ,eh? We all think we will live forever …. which is why people my age and older still keep getting puppies and kittens, eh?
- Do the math! If there are not enough hours in the day or money in the bank before you get a pet … follow your head not your heart. If you REALLY want the company of a pet you can always volunteer to foster or as a cat cuddler or dog walker at your local shelter!
- Special note about shock collars. If you are adopting a young or an adult dog, run … do not walk … away from any rescue using any fear based training methods. If you don’t understand why, PLEASE CLICK HERE
What time is it? It is always time to remember that life is neither predictable nor fair. At the end of the day, it is up to you to stack the deck in favour of those that you love!