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Monday, February 13, 2017

Pets Are Not Presents.

6:09 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , No comments
It seems like every major holiday, I feel like I have to mention this. I always do it in the form of a Facebook post, but I think it's time for a blog post so I don't have to keep rewriting all my arguments and I can just direct you here instead.  What set me off today was a picture relating to Valentine's Day. Here it is for reference:

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    • Everyone wants a puppy or a kitten. Many people don't want the grown dog/cat because they're not "cute" anymore. The animal "lost its magic" as it grew. THAT'S WHAT LIVING THINGS DO. THEY GROW UP.  Nothing remains little forever. You were once tiny and adorable. What if the people you loved and depended on one day said, "Man, they're not little and cute anymore. I  don't want it anymore," and took you to a terrible orphanage where you have to live in a tiny cage and the very real possibilty of LITERALLY DYING was always looming over you?! Where you wished to go home with every family that walked in just so you could have something to hold onto again? I bet you wouldn't like that at all, would you? So, why on earth would you do that to a precious animal companion?

    • Believe it or not, most living creatures have to be taken care of in some way, shape, or form. Pets have to get fed. They have to get walked. They have to be groomed. They have to get taken regularly to the vet to make sure their health is on the right track. They have to be shown affection. It's not a succulent plant that can just sit there on your windowseal and get checked on twice a month. It's a living, breathing creature. Many parents forget this and buy their child a pet and make the child promise to take care of it. "Oh, yes, thank you for the puppy, mommy! I promise I'll feed him and pick up his poop!" A week later, it's the parent picking up the popp and making sure the dog gets fed because these kids don't understand the concept of caring for something living yet. Don't get the animal if you aren't willing to take the brunt of having to care for one.

    • I'm not saying everyone has pet allergies. That's extremely far from the truth. What I AM saying is that many times, people buy pets as a gift and give them to someone who doesn't know they have a pet allergy. They usually don't know because, first, they haven't had any allergy testing, and second, because they haven't been around that type of pet often enough to correlate they allergy symptoms with being near specific animals. An animal should not have to suffer and get taken back to a shelter or breeder simply because YOU made a rash (pun intended) decision to buy someone a pet.

    • Pets are VERY, VERY far from being free. They are extremely expensive. You have to buy them food. You have to buy them toys to help keep them entertained and in shape. Veterinarian trips are expensive, even if you do have pet insurance that covers them and they HAVE to be taken to the vet regularly, as previously mentioned. You need to buy grooming tools to help keep them healthy. If you have a cat, there's litter to worry about, as well. Or scratchers to keep them from destroying the furniture. These are also just the basics. Believe me, this stuff is expensive. One large bag of my cat's food is around $35 bucks. This stuff adds up and it adds up quick.

    • Dogs and cats have a knack for destorying things. It's not because they try to or they hate to. It just happens. If you or the person you are giving a pet to cares more about material objects, like their furniture, or clothes, or literally anything else the own, more than the LIFE of an animal, they don't need to be around animals. If you care about a piece of furniture so much or have a favorite scarf that would cause you to FREAK OUT if an animal scratched it, chewed it, or threw up on it, don't you dare get a pet.

    • Pets should not be used to distract people from things. This point is mainly focused on parents getting their kids animals to basically be used as a way to take a break from your kids and have them have something new and interesting to play and mess with. Also, fun fact, sometimes, if an animal is given to a child on a birthday or for a holiday, they actually have a tendency to become jealous that the new pet is getting the family's attention instead of them, which could lead to many things, even a child harming an animal. (This is NOT me sayign your kid is going to try to hurt an animal because they're jealous, but it does happen more often than you think.) Kids don't quite understand attention shifts and the reasons behind them like adults do. They haven't grapsed the concept yet.

    • These creatures don't exist simply for your pleasure. They're not a video game, or a good book, or a television show. They do not exist as entertainment. These animals feel love, pain, happiness, and sadness. Just like you and me. They live. They breathe. They can get hurt physically and emotionally. They form meaninful bonds with humans and other animals. They're not little fuzzy robots who have no true concept of emotion.

    • Pets live for quite a long time. It's a short life compared to most human lives, but it's still quite a long time. Throwing a ten to twenty year commitment at someone because you want to be "cute" is the exact opposite of a good idea. What if this person has to move for a job and can't find a place to live that accepts pets? What if this person gets extremely sick, (God forbid) and can no longer care for an animal? What if this person is a bit impulsive and gets distracted easily and doesn't want the pet anymore because it's "boring" or "too much work?"

    • These type of "companies" that abuse dogs, and cats, making them have litter after litter, with no time in between for recovery, all while living in terrible conditions, THRIVE during holiday seasons for this exact reason: buying pets as gifts. They know they have a demand that they can supply, so they rev up and make sure they have a TON of cute, new, adorable puppies (which will probably end up having quite bad health problems due to what their parents went through for the breeding process) ready to go for the influx of new customers. Meanwhile, these pets get sent to already crowded shelters because of the problems mentioned above where people either can't give the time or don't want to put in the effort. Do you really want to actually be supporting this type of animal abuse and line the pockets of those sick souls (if they even have souls) that run these mills? I'm guessing that's probably a no.

Pets should never, ever be an impulse buy to please your children, or to get a "unique" Christmas present, or because you want to get laid on a stupid holiday that was made to support the card, chocolate, and floral industries. Because, let's be honest, that's all the Valentine's day truly is. Lives should not hang in the balance of you just wanting to "look good" to someone else. Sure, it's cute. Sure, the person recieving the animal is going to get excited. Sure, sure, whatever. JUST DON'T. There are so many variables that don't go into these type of impulse buys that people just don't think about. A pet deserves better than that. A pet deserves being more than a present. They are companions. They feel and love and will adore you for all of their short lives, so, please, if you can't be their whole world for ALL of their lives, don't be their whole world in the first place.

If you have carefully planned and are willing to take everything that comes with an animal, financially, energy-wise, etc., then, BY ALL MEANS, go get a pet. But if any of these give you a pause, (also pun intended. get it? like paws?) please reconsider and reevaluate. This has been a public service announcement. Thank you for your time.