I got on Craigslist the other day. I don’t know why I do it to myself – mostly I just get sad and wish I could help all the animals. This recent viewing was especially heart-wrenching, though, because of two ads:
- Rehoming a 7 year old Great Dane.
The family was moving and “couldn’t take him with them.” Of course this prompts the question: Why did they not take him into consideration in the first place? The excuse is not that uncommon, though, especially on Craigslist, so that’s not what made this post stick with me. What did it was the fact that Great Danes are not dogs that are usually up for adoption or rehoming: They are incredibly expensive, have pretty short lifespans, and everyone I know who has one LOVES them. That being said, this Great Dane had probably been with that family since he was a puppy and was in the golden years of his life (the average lifespan of a Great Dane is 6-8 years). To think that in his last couple years on earth, he would be removed from the family that has raised and (surely) loved him since he was a puppy seemed so… cruel.
UPDATE: The ad had been removed. I hope that means that they changed their mind or found a loving home for him where he can spend his last few years in peace.
2. Rehoming an 11 year old cat.
Again, this poor guy is in the golden years of life. If you remember my Adopt-a-Less-Adoptable post a while back, older pets have a harder time being placed in a new home. Everyone wants the kitten/puppy and usually overlooks the greying muzzles on the equally adorable and no less loving cat/dog. This made me so sad!
UPDATE: She’s still available…
So what does this have to do with my Blog Title – October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Pet Month? Well, a lot of animals like those above, who have trouble finding homes, are given up to local shelters. While shelters do a lot to make an animal’s stay with them warm and welcoming, nothing beats an animal being loved in a home that is their own.
Please, check out your local animal shelters when you decide it’s time to expand your family. Landlord won’t let you? Allergies? Have too many pets as it is? Shelters are run by volunteers and donations, so consider giving to our furry friends this holiday season! You might just be the key to saving a life.