They All Want and DESERVE a "Forever Home"!

United States
April 15, 2009 11:01am CST
A "forever Home" is the place where a cherished pet will live for the duration of it's life, with a loving caretaker who will e responsible for seeing that it's needs are fulfilled and that the animal is well cared for and LOVED. It is the ONLY type of home a dog, cat, or other type of animal should be put into. If you want to have a pet, you MUST make a lifetime commitment to care for that animal for the rest of it's life, and to make proper arrangements if extreme circumstances make you unable to care for that friend any longer. Your companion animals are really not that much different from children, they require love and a stable home, they sometimes make messes for you to clean, they get sick and require special care, and sometimes they can be smelly. A human who chooses to add one of these friends to their life, MUST commit themselves to providing PROPER love and care to the companion animal in sickness and in health, for richer or poorer, for better or worse, for as long as you both shall live. If it makes a mess, you clean it up, you don't disown it! Most animals actually do not like to make a bathroom mess in parts of the house not designated for such, they do it when they do not have a proper place to make, or when they are not feeling well to try to TELL YOU SOMETHING! A smelly pet is just as deserving of love an care as anyone else. It is NEVER acceptable to abandon your animal because they smell or do things that smell. It is YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to find out WHY it is smelly or doing smelly things and then look into ways to remedy the problem. If you don't want to ever have to clean up poop, pee, vomit and manufactured messes then you should not have pets OR children - EVER! http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/guidelines_for_finding_a_responsible_home_for_a_pet.html A "good" home means a home where the animal will live for the rest of his or her life, where he or she will receive attention, veterinary care, proper nutrition, and be treated as part of the family. Animal companions can greatly enrich your life and bring years of pure love and joy to a family, all they ask in return is that you do right by them and love them. Please, if you ever consider getting a pet, only do so if you are confident you can be responsible and provide a "Forever Home" for that animal friend. they deserve no less.
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@mira91 (987)
• Singapore
16 Apr 09
Awww...poor thing..={ Yea, i strongly agree with you that you every animals deserved a REAL home with a REAL owner who would stick by them even in times of sickness...I would consider the pets i take in as my family too, so if you abandon them, it'll be the same as abandoning your family..That's just what i feel. I hope you pet owners will be more responsible of your pets in the future...=[
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• United States
17 Apr 09
I'm not sure if you READ the topic of discussion, but I am a responsible pet owner. My rant is against the people I have come across who are NOT responsible pet owners. I love my companion animals the way I love my own children, and there is nothing I wouldn't do to make them feel loved and safe.
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@mira91 (987)
• Singapore
17 Apr 09
I was refering to the OTHER pet owners who neglects their responsibilities...i'm a pet owner too, i understnad how you feel.
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• United States
17 Apr 09
Oh, sorry I misunderstood. Thanks for your reply and clarification. Have a great mylot day!
• United States
19 Apr 09
i really can't add anything to what has been said in this topic. thank you for ranting for me and along with me. i hate buttwipes that think animals are disposable.
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• United States
22 Apr 09
I will rant gladly with you, anytime, anywhere! Thanks for your response.
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• United States
15 Apr 09
I have to agree with everything you said they want a real home they cant live a good life while bouncing from one place to another its not their fault if they have a few quirks because of how they have been treated by other humans its not fair to them to take them in and then just throw them back out because you dont want to take the time to rehabilitate them so what if it temporarily inconveniences you! you took on the responsibility now suck it up and follow through on it!
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• United States
15 Apr 09
Damned right! People who throw away their pets when presented with an inconvenience sicken me to my very core. I wish they could suffer the way they have made these innocent creatures suffer!
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• United States
22 Apr 09
Amen! I have and still do volunteer work for humane rescue orgs here. I enjoy helping these pets find FOREVER homes. Some of them are abuse cases. Others are puppy mills. The cases that make me the most upset are the puppy mill cases. I've seen dogs shake in terror at the first time of being put on a leash and taken outside to pee in the yard. I've seen it all. What angers me is someone who will get a "fad" dog and then dump it when it becomes too big or the "fad" wears off. I hate when movies like 101 Dalmations and Marley and Me come out. Both are good movies, but they promote fads in dog ownership. A family with small children doesn't need an active dog like a dalmation. If you travel a lot or don't have time for an active dog like the dalmation or a lab, then don't get one. People need to research breeds. Part of my volunteer job was going to houses of potential applicants and getting a feel for the life they lead. I've had people with small children request little yappy dogs like the taco bell dog and those little yappy dogs don't do well with small children. I've had people who wanted a dog simply because their neighbor or their ex got one and they wanted to "keep up with the Jones" per se. Pets are a lifetime committment. If you have one and are planning on moving, find a place that allows pets. You wouldn't move to an area that didn't allow children if you have children, right? Your pet should be no different.
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• United States
22 Apr 09
Amen. Thanks for your post. The fad thing also happens to poor little fish even, like the clown fish after Finding Nemo. They require special care, and people were just getting them and sticking them in fishbowls where they would suffer and die. People REALLY need to do some research before brining a living creature home to live with htem to make sure that they are prepared to provide the type of care that creature will need and ensure that they really will be giving them a Forever Home.
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• United States
3 Aug 09
Amen! And a few other things to consider: Do we want children in the future? If so, what type of pet would be best suited to get a long WITH children? Many people go out and get these massive dogs such as St. Bernards and labs then act all upset when Fido knocks Junior down and Junior cries. I'm sorry, but I'm about 120 lbs on average and I still get knocked off my feet by my DH's 100+ lb dog, but she's also very gentle and very protective of our daughter. Are our living conditions secure? IF we have to move, can we take our pets? Are you in a hurricane zone? Have an evacuation route planned a head of time that INCLUDES your pets! Many shelters now offer pet boarding after the Katrina FUBAR SNAFU and allow pets to be brought into select shelters. In the event of a natural disaster (Flood, fire, tornado), what about your pets? Do you have sturdy Pet Taxis for your cats or dogs if they need them? Too many people get pets as impulse items like the rows of candy and magazines at the check out stands and then when it gets too much to handle, dump them. PEts have feelings too!