My Neighborhood and Dogs

If you go to NextDoor for my neighborhood you’re going to scroll through at least fifteen posts about Dog Found, Stray Dog Located. It’s become an epidemic this month. I don’t know if people are abandoning their dogs in my neighborhood or if they’re getting dumped here in some other way.

Cats aren’t exempt, either, and there are always reports of a poor rescued kitty who died of feline leukemia which is highly contagious.

One of the problems in helping out a stray dog is that they may carry diseases like canine flu that could be transmitted to your pets. Still, I applaud the efforts of these good samaritans who look out for these poor dogs and cats especially in this heat.

Why do you think people abandon their pets? I know the myriad reasons, from crowded shelters to financial issues to behavioral problems, but what I want to know is why? How can they live with themselves knowing that they took in a pet then when it got to be too much simply let it go to fend for itself, starve, get mistreated, or run over by a car?

I don’t understand. My guilt would paralyze me.

One dog I rescued had parvo and was at the vet’s for two weeks. He survived, but was never, well, manageable. He ran away constantly, ate the carpet, chewed on furniture, and was otherwise a holy terror. I advertised and found another home for him and off he went to be a companion to a little boy. Six months later I was notified – because of the rescue’s records – that he was euthanized for behavioral issues. I’ve always felt horrible about that. I’ve wondered, for years, if he would have been a better dog if I’d spent more time with him, taken him to obedience training, done more. I thought I’d done the right thing, but it didn’t turn out to be right for him.

I see ads all the time to re-home a dog. I understand those. Sometimes, it’s just not the right fit. That’s why I like rescues that offer you a two week no questions asked return policy.

What do you think? How do people abandon a dog that’s come to rely on you for love, food, and shelter?

12 thoughts on “My Neighborhood and Dogs”

  1. I have a theory especially here in San Antonio maybe animals are abandoned at this time of the year because people wait until the end of the school season to move.

    It happens a lot with the military—typically we have more pets during the summer that travel at the airport.

    I don’t understand how people can just abandon a pet. When we were stationed in Italy we gave a couple friend of ours a ride to the airport from their hotel. Their cat, which they had the entire three years they were in Italy was with them in the hotel. When we picked them up they just left the cat there! I was so upset I was almost physically ill about it.

    I try hard to avoid seeing things on the internet or on my phone about animals that are going to upset me. People will share (on Twitter) videos of low-lifes that throw a kitten as far as they can or kick a dog to “get the video out there” so the dirty rotten piece of crap can be recognized. I try to fly past these videos and I never share them.

    • I firmly believe that most people are good, moral, and decent individuals who want to do the right thing. The ones who aren’t are the ones that depress me, make me fear for the fate of mankind, and generally make me want to kick them in the a$$.

      I have to confess that I judge people by how they treat those innocents in their environment, from children to animals.

  2. Hi Karen,
    There was the saddest picture on Facebook today. There was a dog abandoned on the side of the road in an old lazy boy type chair in Mississippi. The dog was scared to leave the chair fearing that his owner would come back for him. The poor dog was skin and bones with his ribs showing. It was pathetic. I don’t know why people do this.

    Isabel Moniodis

  3. Some people are cruel and they just don’t care. They are the kind of people who don’t have a lot of love to give. Probably the same kind of people who abuse little children. To be honest I hate some people.
    I don’t have a pet now but I have had dogs and a rabbit. I can’t imagine dumping them or hurting them in any way.

  4. I now have 2 rescue dogs and love both of them to no end. They were a lot of work, though, to get adjusted to our house. I have no idea what my Gracie went through before we got herm but it took 2 years for her to become not afraid to come through an open door and to actually enjoy us petting her. Her brother, Rupert (AKA DevilDog) ran away several times before deciding he had found a pretty darn good home. As I am older, I always worry what could happen to them if I suddenly can’t take care of them.

    • I have a clause in my trust, Sue, that if anything happens to me God’s Dogs will be notified and take him back to find him another home. I’ve already talked to them just in case. I don’t anticipate going anywhere, but I just didn’t want to leave anything to chance.

  5. I do not mean to sound cynical – but there are people who murder, molest and abuse children. It is not a stretch to realize there are people who can walk away from an animal and feel nothing.

    My family is populated by people who now live with rescued dogs. Quite a few of them were found running the streets before they were rescued. And though there have been some behavioral or health issues, every one of those dogs are well loved and spoiled and living their best lives. So, some people somewhere have lost some wonderful companions.

    • I have a certain category in my mind for behavior I find, well, unspeakable. I can’t talk about those actions. I can talk about dogs.

  6. When I bred shelties, one of the stipulations in my contract required that the dog be returned to me, and not placed with anyone else. It was amazing to me how many people would violate that requirement, surrender the dogs, and I would be notified by the rescuer because I chipped every puppy I bred. The one that sticks in my mind was Rocky. I grew him out as a show prospect, and when he went oversize, he was neutered and placed with an older single gentleman. Rocky lived with the man for five years. They went everywhere together. When the man died suddenly, the kids gave Rocky to another guy who worked 12 hours a day and lived in a small trailer. This guy, who renamed him Otis, took him to the pound for surrender due to his “depression”. Well, duh. Luckily, sheltie rescue was notified and I was able to get him back. He went to live with a young girl who took him camping and hiking.

    • I do love Shelties. They’re the most wonderful dogs. I’m so glad Rocky found another home.

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