Should People have to take a test to own a pet?

Canada
December 2, 2006 10:51am CST
Why do they allow anybody to have pets? Animals are neglected and abused everyday and nuthin is done to prevent this! Should there b a background check?...if there was...maybe animals would b happier...my old neighbor lived in a one bedroom apartment and claimed he was a breeder...which was a crock...cause he had 3 pitbulls in his cramped space...was gone for 15hrs a day...yelled and screamed and hit his dogs all the time...they finally had enough...ate everything...the couch..the bed...the chair...the door frame..and the door..then ran away...the humane society finally picked them up...they have to b better off there than with them than back with him.
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79 responses
• United States
2 Dec 06
Welcome to the Doghouse - Welcome to the Doghouse
While I'd love to see that, I think if they did it they'd have to do it for kids too! Between kids and animals, both who have no way of keeping themselves safe from morons, but I have to agree that it would be wonderful if we could keep checks on them! Maybe if we did more when they're found guilty of abuse it would help deter some!!!!!!
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• United States
3 Dec 06
LOL That would be good if they could do a background check before people could have kids...but that would be a little harder than a check for dogs.
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@Ambur25 (1007)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I have said for a long time that once a woman enters puberty, it should be a law requiring she be put on some kind of birth control. Before she is able to stop taking the birth control, there should be a requirement for her to be tested by a psyciatrist before she can be taken off of the pill. (Or whatever birth control used). Doing this would severely cut down on "non-fit" parents.
• Canada
3 Dec 06
Oh man...tell me about it...anyone can have a kid...anyone can have a pet...but not everyone has the sense to care for them prooperly.
@brokentia (10396)
• United States
2 Dec 06
I have been through a background check, references called, the vet to my current dog called, and more just to adopt a dog from the SPCA. I understand why they put a person through a bunch of hoops because they are wanting to make sure the animal is going to a good home. But for those that want to adopt an animal and have the best of heart do not want to go through such a process. To top it off, they call at two weeks, two months, and anytime they want to check on the dog that I adopted. I feel this is an overkill. If they want to do a background check to make sure you do not have any violent history or call your vet to see if the vet has issues with how you care for your pet, that is fine. But places should not go beyond that....they don't do it when a woman gets pregnant....and there are more people out there that should not be parents.
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
I dont doubt you passed with flying colors too...you seem pretty smart and caring...thats where i wanna get a dog from...I'd rather save a life than get a primped up pure bred.
@rsmith512 (1561)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Visiting the vet - Visiting the vet
Wow! Great response. I definatley agree! Background checks I think are necessary...but, to take it that far as to call every two months and whenever they want is not necessary. I understand them calling the first two weeks as a check up. But, after that if they keep calling "just to check up" I think it would be like you really don't own the dog and you are just a person that watches over the dog! We are doing just FINE!!!! Maybe they could just ask the vet!
• Canada
3 Dec 06
there should b a limit I agree...but not a few weeks...maybe 6 months to a yr
@merlin22 (1111)
• United States
2 Dec 06
i know what you mean i have 9 and 4 i have saved,one had broken ribs from being kicked , and another because the breeder couldnt sell her for front legs were shorter she was going to put her down, and another was being dumped,i cant stand it,least i know my babies are safe ,people should relize they have feeling to
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
Some people just dont see it that way...they dont realize a pet is part of the family...a member...would put your kid down if one leg was shorter than the other?...senseless
• Canada
6 Dec 06
i think they should then this way there wouldnt be all those animals out in the world that are abused i also think that people should be punished for throwing there animal out in the cold or leaving them some where that is not fair and cruel
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• Canada
9 Dec 06
oh man...my neighbor did that not too long ago with both of his cats...he just had a baby and one of his cats were really jelous and pee'd on the baby...so out they went...the one got taken...but the other still hangs around the neighborhood...it rips at me everytime I see him out in the cold..so I let him in the basement whenever he wants to come inside...They say they called the humane society and they wouldnt come get it...but I wonder.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
3 Dec 06
Gissi - Here is the loving little Boy 
Look at him and tell me how someone can beat him and hurt him like he was
Yes I agree with you there should be checks done I got a little Fellow out of the Kennels last year that the Police had found badly beaten I took him home with me not knowing what age he was or if he was going to live but fortunatly for me he did and he is the most loving little Man anyone can have It took me a year of loving and caring to get him to what he is now a happy, mischivious,loving and trusting little Fellow and he is my World The Kids adore him to
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
oh wow...he looks pretty small and tame...u musta done a great job...alot of patience..:}
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
3 Dec 06
I think there should be a background check on people wanting to adopt a new pet. There is so much animal cruelty, why not try and prevent it? I sometimes watch these animal cop shows, where it talks of people being violent or uncaring of their pet (mostly dogs) and it just breaks my heart. I have two dogs, and if someone would hit them, i think i'd hit them back!!
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
oh man!..if someone his my pet...I'd lose my mind!
@Jshean20 (14367)
• Canada
2 Dec 06
Yeah it's pretty sad actually. I think pet owners should have to go through something similar as parents who adopt children. I also feel like there should be laws which don't allow you to breed animals for atleast a while..the population is getting out of control.
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
not too bad here I think except for pitbulls when the new law came out...spca's got a crap load of em
@caraj444 (1080)
• Canada
2 Dec 06
i would think so , its disgusting and so incredibly unhumane what is done to so many animals every day and while were at it could we make an even harder to pass and absolutely mandatory test before your allowed to take an infant out of the hospital and into the home (sorry i know thats not your qestion buy hey it needs to be done too)cheers +
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
your not the first and you wont b the last...lol..totally agree though!
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@Shadetail (103)
2 Dec 06
That sounds like a fantastic idea. It would be great if it could be implemented. We see far too many people these days abusing pets, and they should all be thrown in prison for it. They should never have been given the pet in the first place. It breaks my heart to see an animal in pain. It would be good to have a background check. This would stop many ignorent people who just want to hurt an animal. It would also cut down on the "christmass buy" phase where parents buy an animal for a child who wont care for it. Personally, i have had many pets. They all lived long happy lives, but their deaths tore me apart and i cannot bear to have another. My simple solution to the problem - Cyberpets :)
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
had a few pets myself...its just kills ya when they pass
• United States
2 Dec 06
Wow, background checks to own a pet. Great idea!!
• Canada
3 Dec 06
I guess they do have them some places...still doesnt stop a guy from sellin a puppy to his buddy...not knowing his buddy is an idiot
• United States
2 Dec 06
Some people shouldn't have pets. I don't think there is a way to regulate it though. There are already millions of pets without homes. I know that lots of dog/cat/bird rescues require home visits, references, and etc.
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• Canada
3 Dec 06
I know...we have a fair amount of cats that roam the neighborhood...some homeless...I'm glad someone does the checkups...better safe than sorry
@Poison_Girl (4163)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I don't think it's such a bad idea. Like others have said, I think people should have to pass a test before having kids. There are so many people out there who shouldn't breed. I'm one of them! But at least I realized it before I ever had kids. In a perfect world, people would take the test for having kids and if they passed, then they could have a simple procedure done that would allow them to procreate.
• Canada
6 Dec 06
They should have to take some sorta test...somebody made me a dad at 21...lol...I wouldnt've passed it..lol..but its been almost 15 yrs since then......tests could help...but kids require alot more guidance and attention than say a pup.
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• United States
6 Dec 06
"...but kids require alot more guidance and attention than say a pup." All the more reason people should have to take a test before reproducing!
• Canada
9 Dec 06
yeah...not only a test...but maybe some sorta course...I know they have some course thing...but not the real life stuff...like what do u do when u find your 2 yr old wiping boogers on the bedpost....lol...It woulda helped me out alot when I first became a dad.
• United States
3 Dec 06
I think that would be a good idea if they could find a way to pull it off. I also think there should be a check to see who can own a dog, but not breed. Some people are good owners for maybe 1 or 2 dogs, but don't know anything about breeding. They make other people look bad. There are at least a few good people who can't afford "pedegree" dogs, but are good at breeding good, healthy puppies that would make awesome family pets for someone who's not interested in a show dog.
• Canada
3 Dec 06
wouldnt matter to me...I'd take a mutt if it fit me and I knew I could take care of it properly.
• United States
3 Dec 06
I didn't mean specific breeds...I meant breeding. Some people can care for 1 or 2 dogs, they just don't know anything about breeding. Even some of the "pros" don't really know what they're doing when it comes to breeding.
• Canada
3 Dec 06
ohhh...I never got one for that purpose...so u can say i dont know much about breeding either.
@ru88en (2997)
• Philippines
3 Dec 06
Maybe not. Just a responsible pet ownership seminar will do.
• India
3 Dec 06
weell my dear not everyone can handle ths
• Canada
3 Dec 06
now theres an idea...it would help alot of persective pet owners...not everyone would go...remember..some people think they know everything.
@wahmoftwo (1298)
• United States
3 Dec 06
I don't think that it's realistic. There are just more animals than there are willing good homes to take them. We have a great puppy right now that is fed and watered daily, but we don't get to play with him that much. He is too rough for the kids and I don't have enough time to train him. We have tried finding him a good home but haven't been successful. I hate that he is lonely, but at least he is well fed and safe.
• United States
3 Dec 06
Call around to the pet resuces I am sure they would take him in, just make sure they don't put them to sleep after awhile.
• Canada
3 Dec 06
I can tell the dog doesnt belong there...you talk about it like its a plant or something...didnt u know u wouldnt have time before u got him/her?
@ausnikki (4055)
• Brisbane, Australia
3 Dec 06
I think it should be mandatory before you adopt a pet.The amount of animal cruelty happening these days is astounding and frankly disgusting.How someone can do these horrible things to a poor defenseless animal is beyond me.I have adopted several pets from my local animal shelter and to hear the heartbreaking stories of their lives is sickening!My animals are my babies,they are a part of my family and if anyone tried to hurt them they would have me to deal with!
@vickilee (136)
• United States
3 Dec 06
Totally agree with you! My pets are a member of my family! I wish more people felt the same way about their pets.
• Canada
3 Dec 06
Exactly!!!...that person would get the buisness end of my fist they wanna touch my pets
• United States
3 Dec 06
I agree with the other comments about if it were done for animals it would have to be done for kids too. I believe that it should definately be done for kids, and animals too, but I think that even if someone good gets a pet it doesnt mean that the pet couldnt end up in the wrong hands there is another discussion on here that i was reading earlier where two teenage boys abducted a familys pet and abused it badly. Just like kids, our society is so corrupt that there are the sick people who kidnap other peoples children and pets too for that matter, Ive had a dog stolen, right out of our yard with in a 5 minute time period. Our society is very cruel and undisciplined
• United States
3 Dec 06
our cat - this is my son and our cat as a kitten
this is my son with our cat:) back when we first got him as a kitten
• Canada
3 Dec 06
Oh wow...did u ever get your pup back???
@BittyBiddy (2903)
• Ireland
11 Jan 07
My God. That is such a horrible story. It's unbelievable how cruel some people can be to animals. I think your idea of taking a test is great. After the test they could have a license to own the pet and then they'd have to produce it to whoever's selling the animal. You're definately onto something. I also think that if someone is found being cruel to an animal, then their punishment should be to live as that animal has lived for a period of time. So, in the case you described, that guy should be locked up for a whole week in a cramped little room and not receive any food or drink for 15 hours a day.
• Canada
14 Jan 07
That would b too good for this guy...he was a whackjob!!!!!
@lsen06 (5000)
• India
16 Dec 06
Yes they should take a self test--in order to save the hapless animal from sufferings.
• Canada
8 Jan 07
what kinda tests would u have then?
@nhtpscd (1418)
• Australia
16 Dec 06
I think some do! Here in Australia some parents have to take parenting classes so why not pet classes. I would stop a lot of animal cruelty and neglect.
• Canada
16 Dec 06
Thats sounds pretty kewl...it might help people deal with thier pets a lil better!