We need, in a special way, to work twice as hard to help people understand that the animals are fellow creatures, that we must protect them and love them as we love ourselves. ~ César Chávez
It’s said that a dog is man’s best friend. In our daily life it’s nothing new to read about people abandoning their pet or mistreating them to the extent of extreme animal cruelty. Discarding them, may seem like a quick fix for people who want to get rid of their pets, but for those left behind, nothing could be more dreadful.
In this article I listed three important things people should know before they even think about abandoning their pet. I’ll focus on dogs. But the message applies to all animals.
1. You can’t take responsibility for your dog.
If you can’t bear the responsibility of a dog why take one? Lots of people introduce a dog into the family or their life, when it’s a small pup. Reason: it’s cute. It’s like a baby; needs time, care, nutrition, frequent visits to the vet and is helpless without the aid of that person. When it grows up, and starts chewing on furniture, shoes, destroying materials in and around the house, the cuteness starts to fade in the eyes of the owner. The dog is not to blame for this behavior, as it’s your responsibility to teach it manners/ discipline. People usually resort into abandoning their pet when they ultimately lose patience. If you want to get rid of your dog or you can’t take good care of him, at least make sure that you find it a suitable, safe and loving place to stay.
2. Your dog can’t speak.
Do the speaking for him. Not because your dog can’t speak means you can do anything you want to him, even if it’s displaying negative behavior. It’s your duty and responsibility to improve the communication between pet and owner by appropriate conditioning, discipline and love. Inappropriate conditioning gives off mixed signals to your pet, and will only confuse it and anger you. He also needs our voice to stand up for him and his lesser fortunate fellows.
3. Your dog will always love just the way you are.
He will love you unconditionally and never stop giving it. Through good and bad times, he will be there for you. Leave your dog somewhere, walk away and you’ll see he’ll run after you and still love you the same. Even when you don’t feed him for a couple of days, he’ll still wag his tail whenever he sees you. If he loves you unconditionally, why can’t you?
To you who abandoned their dog,
Your dog was just being a good dog and even though you left him there, he waited.
He waited, because he was a good dog.
He waited at the same place where you left him, because he thought you were coming back and you were his friend.
You don’t deserve such an amazing dog and I hope he’ll find a good home where he’s loved.
Man’s best friend does not deserve to be treated this way.
By discarding him, you’ve failed.
To you who saved a dog,
you are a hero and you are special.
Some people work day in day out to give these dogs a better home or to find them shelter.
People who have love in their heart will say: “people should not be doing this, this is wrong”, but people with big hearts will do something rather than feeling pity.
If you don’t like pictures of animal cruelty being posted on social media, you need to help stop the cruelty, not the pictures. You should be bothered that it’s happening, not that you saw it. ~ Marie Sarantakis
Being a good person does not mean doing good or being good just in others eyes only. It’s doing good even when no one is looking. Never underestimate the power of kindness. Don’t be heartless, because what goes around eventually comes around.
Feel free to mention those who save or saved an animal.
Have a heart,