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Something to think about .... responsible pet ownership.

Posted by doodlebugmanor on April 10, 2015 at 8:20 AM

 Being a 'public' entity - a corporate Non Profit,  puts you 'out there' - it puts the thing that you've built, maintain, and hold dear on display with no selective process -  so you're open to all types of people, opinions, thoughts, and we have had our fair share of good / bad:   from denied perspective adopters who have threatened us and our rescue's existance, to those who have personally attacked us for not providing the help they wanted at the time they wanted it, to those who will offer to foster, or out of the blue contact us with an offer of supplies or support  -  born from their own love of animals. It's a mixed bag for sure.

Sometimes a message can obtain an odd status of both the best/worst simoltaniously -  it depends on your perspective and your ability to seperate your personal reaction to something that is said,  and take the perspective of "Rescuer" first. Just such an email came today -   from " Jennifer " .... 

" Both ....( of your cats) ......... are absolutely precious. I never cage any pet as they are equal to me and far better than most humans and deserve only the very best of care: food, clean water, fun and play and above all love.

I just do not know, since I am a senior if I will live long enough to see them through to their Rainbow Bridge. I have no one who I would trust to give them the care they deserve should I no longer be here and I don't want to adopt just because I would love them so much. I must also think of their futures. Also, I have my precious little rescued dog, Sprout and would have to be sure he could accept a new companion. My kitty Sylvester I had the privilege of living with him for 16 years when he passed away f rom a heart condition..I still mourn all of my beloved pets who have gone to Heaven."

Of course - my first hope for every email coming in from our posting sites (  Adopt a Pet,  Petfinder ...) directly is that someone has seen our beloved cat(s) is wanting to adopt. 

The Rescuer / Human side of me skims the content and is disappointed to see this merely a comment.   No potential home here for our cats.  But on the second reading the real meaning of what this message contains comes through and touches my heart.  This is not only a proclomtion of a true pet lover who values the love and that special bond between human and pet but someone who has come to terms with the fact that her age and health condition now prevent her from having another chance at that bond within her own home. 

Acting out of responsibility and a true respect for the life she would like to take in and know - she is making the responsible decision not to adopt for the sake of the pet.   

This is one animal lover reaching out to another just to express and share her love of animals.  I know in my heart - I will be at the same point one day in my own life - where the more responsible thing to do - is NOT to adopt for the sake of the life that would depend on me at a time I likely wouldn't be there for their entire life span. Jennifer has throught through her options and knows that with no other option to offer a pet in the event she cannot care for them,  that she cannot commit to them.   It's the responsible choice - and I have a huge respect for her decision and her heart.  She has obviously thought through the idea, and is putting the needs of the animal above her own desire.  It's such a giving decision, and that of a true animal advocate. 

I wish more adopters from all age / circumstances would put in the same thought and consideration before commiting to the care of a pet 'for life'.   We need more Jennifer's in the world. 

Now - I wonder if she'd consider foster ?! ...........=^..^=






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