Mom tells us all the time that she loves us and would never leave us. I believe her because once, a long time ago, she had a hard time finding a place to live because not lots of places let people have dogs live with them. She searched and searched until she found a nice place that said her dog could live there too.
I still believe Mom would never abandon us but since we joined the Board of Directors at the Above the Notch Humane Society, we learned that there are times when people don’t have a choice. Like the man who lost his job and his home or the lady who was old and very sick and had to go live in a nursing home.
Neither one of these people wanted to leave their dogs but life is not always the way we want it to be. Luckily, there are places like Above the Notch Humane Society where people can surrender their animals and know that they will be taken good care of until a new home, with other loving people, can be found.
The reason I am telling these sad stories is because lots of times, when people can’t care for their pets any longer, like when they have to go live someplace else, they just leave their pets to fend for themselves. The problem is that house pets don’t know how to live on their own and often times end up starving or freezing to death.
People need to know that there is help for them and their pets. They can go to the American Humane Society website to find out what options are available in their area. Sometimes the Humane Society can think of ways so people keep their pets or tell them where they can surrender their pets where they will be well cared for. Not all shelters can take in surrendered animals because taking care of animals costs lots of money
We know how hard it is on a dog that is left on their own. My sister, DixieLee was left to fend for herself. She was young, scared and very sick with heartworms. She would have got died but she was lucky and was found by a nice lady. Because DixieLee wasn’t wearing a collar and didn’t have a microchip, there was no way to find out where she came from. The nice lady took her to the vet, got her cured and fostered her until she could find a forever home with us.
One more thing. Ask your Moms and Dads if they have made provisions for you if they should become sick or get died. We hope it NEVER happens but we know that there are people who will take good care of us if anything happens to our Mom and Dad.
If you know someone who might have to surrender their pet, let them know that there are people who are willing to help. Your Moms and Dads can help too by becoming foster parents, volunteering their time or just donating to your local shelter. It’s all of our jobs to help animals any way we can.
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