Who Gets the Pet? The Judge Will Decide!
January 2, 2018 11:48am CST
My state of Illinois is a real stinker of a state. It is a state that has a long history of corruption, and those in power haven't a clue as to how to run a state successfully. The one and only bright spot for Illinois, in my opinion, is that my state of Illinois comes in at #1 regarding the welfare of animals. If a couple going through a divorce cannot decide who should keep the dog, the cat, the bunny rabbit or whatever pet they happen to have, a judge will decide that little matter in the state of Illinois. In the state of Illinois, the judge will determine which pet parent gets sole custody of the pet or if the pet parents should share custody of the pet. The judge will make his or her decision based on which pet parent spends the most time caring for the pet on a daily basis. Also, the judge will consider which pet parent pays for the majority of the pet's food and veterinary care. Of course, service animals/pets in the state of Illinois will stay with the pet parent for whom it serves. Also, I was delighted to learn that I can now throw away those protest signs depicting circus elephants! I have used those signs to protest circuses for many years in Illinois, and the ones portraying chained circus elephants are no longer needed. In 2018, Illinois has the honor of becoming the first state in the USA to ban the use of elephants in traveling exhibitions and circuses.
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• El Paso, Texas
HOOOORAYYY I'm so glad it's finally started, now the other states will hopefully follow suit .... Yipppeee IL. Wouldn't it be nice if all states put pets of the deceased on top of the list of who get what? I say that because an acquaintance of mine runs a pet shelter in NM and complained to Carol that she's constantly having to rescue pets of a deceased person because their children only want to give them to the pound. I know a lot of us here on Mylot would not do that but there are so many out there who could care less about their parents beloved pet.
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• Moses Lake, Washington
@rebelann I will always wonder if the scenario that you paint here is what happened with our Beau Teak kitty. I just know that he was alone for 4 days then somebody found him and hauled him off to the Shelter- 10 days there before I came along.
• United States
Oh yes, the pets of deceased end up in shelters far too often. I agree that pets of the deceased, abandoned by uncaring family members, should always be on the top of the list. Pets are so important to the ill and to the elderly, and those folks should definitely expect that their pets be the first ones to be adopted. When our elderly dad could not longer car for his kitty cat Annie, my sister did find a loving home for Annie with a couple who adored her until she passed at age 21. Sis put a lot of effort into that and no way would any of us have placed Annie in a shelter.
• El Paso, Texas
Cindy wants to kick those selfish kids in their backsides but of course she can't @Corbin5 she took in 5 lil poodles all over the age of 7 whose momma passed back in March 2017 and the brats put them all in the pound. They were lucky that the pound called her but I sometimes wonder if she only gets called if they're poodles. Carol recently adopted a beautiful large white German Shepherd from Cindy, apparently the poor old boy has been adopted at least 3 other times only to be found one time roaming in the desert and the last 2 times brought back because one person claimed she didn't realize how big Flynn was, he's already 11 years old and the woman adopted him when he was 7, and the other one said he was too noisy when he would try to turn in his kennel. I swear, some people have no business adopting pets, hopefully they didn't have kids either.
• Holiday, Florida
good for your state and sounds like you had a big part in that. it just dawned on me that the nicest man i ever knew was born and raised there i think the town was called Peoria . that was my late last hubby John. another wonderful thing about Illinois
• Pamplona, Spain
Just for once over here they are deciding things like that as well which was never done before. As long as the animals are looked after well then that is fine. You sound like a great bunch of people over there in that state.
• United States
I will say the state of Illinois does its best to do right by animals. In pet stores in the city of Chicago, only shelter dogs and cats who need homes can be sold in pet stores. That sure helps those shelter animals have a chance at a forever home. Things are getting better for animals all over the world, but so much more needs to be done.