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Peoples unwanted pets
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Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-24-2003 at 12:01:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
I dont know if any of you people have this problem but my wife and I do.Seems that alot of folks feel that the country is the perfect place to dump their unwanted pets.Well as you all know they will find their way to your house and you leave to go to work and find out you now have 4 dogs insted of 3 that you had the day before at last count.Same with cats.I cant understand how people can raise a pet than at the drop of a hat dump it off so someone else can take care of it.My wife and I cant bear to take them to the pound knowing that in 30 days they will be put to sleep so we keep them as our own.But man the food bill is high,but they have to eat too.Anybody else have this problem in their area?I just wish folks would understand that an animal is a life to and to be responsable with their pets.People in the country have their own to take care of.WE love animals very much and I guess we are softies cause they are so cute.


Okie-Dokie    Posted 02-25-2003 at 06:37:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wish the cowards that dump their problem pets off on me could see what becomes of 99% of them. Most don't live very long. Either they starve, are killed & eaten by the roaming pack of ferral dogs they want to join, or are killed by a farmer who is trying to protect his kids and livestock. Seems like cats last a little longer than most dogs and usually die from infected sores or parasites long after the dogs are goners.I know there are laws to prosicute these spineless idiots, but it is hard to catch them in the act of abandoning there pets. Believe it or not,one of these morons forgot to take off the fancy collar with his name & tel. # on it that he got when he purchased the poor dog from a pet store.


dale b    Posted 02-25-2003 at 03:57:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
about a year ago, a dog was dropped off at the end of my lane. it sat there for 3 days. it was sad to see... i guess it thought its master was comming back.
i now own the dog. its a border collie. its great with the kids and the live stock.
chip, now has a home untill the day he dies...
dale b


Jimbob    Posted 02-24-2003 at 20:54:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
I can not believe how cold hearted that is? I have two cats due to that, three total now.
It was a stormy , sleet type ice storm in the evening. I heard a faint scratching at the door. Opened it & just a tiny little pint of a cat ran in. Heck, the fur was really thin on its belly. It did not have but a few hours of life left in that weather with its tiny body- good God!!
Another big adult cat showed up the following year. It would be just to much trouble with the other two house cats. Thus, it is our barn cat. Built a cathouse for it.
I just feel if I can afford the food, it has the right to life & eat extra food.


Kat in NJ    Posted 02-24-2003 at 19:48:57       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A friend of mine who has a sheep farm in central New Jersey is up to something like 52 cats. She says in the summer, she can hear cars pull up to the end of their driveway, a door opens, and voice saying "now get out of here!"

She loves the creatures and doesn't mind the cats but if one gets a disease, they all seem to get it.

It really isn't fair to assume just because someone has land that they can take your animal. Sometimes you do have to take them to the shelter rather than let them loose on someone else. I guess we have all taken in our share of abandonees!

Kat in NJ


Maggie/TX    Posted 02-24-2003 at 17:28:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Best dog I ever had was dumped here in the middle of a rain storm. We found him next morning, soaking wet and just barely old enough to be weaned. He is now getting grey around the muzzle and he loves us unconditionally. Night before last he defended me when a possum said something to me he didn't like. Beautiful black Lab, although probably not full blood. He's a honey.


Jim Adams    Posted 02-24-2003 at 19:38:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have it here in town too. Neighbor girl was given an American Eskimo pup. Apparently, from what I have learned, she quickly lost interest in it and her boy friend wouldn't allow it in the house. The pup wound up sleeping in a lawn chair on a neighbor's back porch when it was raining and on our back steps when it was nice.
When I learned some of the facts I took the dog to the Vet and split the bill with the Humane Society to have her spayed and her puppy shots.
Two weeks of ads didn't find a home we would allow her to go to and she was fast working her way in here.
She slept with our 125# Weimeraner and our boss cat kept her face washed for her and she was a regular with our camping club.
I came home one day to find my wife talking to a woman whose cute 8 year old twin daughters had their arms around the dogs neck. " Oh Mama, can we have her. she's beautiful !" After they left
with the dog I asked my Bride, What if I decide I didn't want to give her away. How do you take a dog away from two cute little girls? About 6 weeks later we ran into the girl's father and I told him about my problem. His reply was that there was no problem if we wanted the dog back,
we just got the girls too!


Mike in Carolina    Posted 02-24-2003 at 18:09:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Any one who would treat one of Gods creatures that way, Id be proud to take out behind the barn and take a very personal interest in seeing the error of their ways.


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-24-2003 at 16:11:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
I've tried the call the neighbors, try to locate the owners stuff. Doesn't work. Standard policy now is CALL ANIMAL CONTROL. Let them house, feed and dispose of 'em. Sorry to be so hard nosed about it, but who designated my place as a dropoff point? Happens so often the animal control office doesn't bother to ask my address - they know where to come. Breaks my heart to do it, but I already have all the animals I can support, and I can't have stray dropoffs bring in disease, attacking my animals, etc. Some of mine are pretty valuable. I'd like to catch some of the owners and prosecute them, maybe word would get around!


Hal/WA    Posted 02-24-2003 at 15:53:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have lived on the same property for over 40 years, and dumped animals has always been a problem. I will usually give them a chance to stay--some of my favorite dogs have come to us that way. But sometimes there is a definite, obvious reason that they have been dumped. I will not put up with an animal that is aggressive toward my animals or family members and if they are going to live here, they have to be reasonably cooperative and quiet. I have ended up shooting a number of dogs and tomcats over the years, but it is always a hateful chore.

I can see why some people dump animals. In my area, the costs of leaving unwanted animals at the animal shelter is very high. I once took a dog to the shelter that I thought had a very good chance of getting adopted, but had not worked out for us (cat chaser and killer). It cost me $50 to "donate" this otherwise nice and beautiful dog. And animal control is supposed to be tax-supported. I will not get stuck for $50 again to clean up someone else's troubles.

People should be prosecuted for abandoning pets, but in paractice, how are you going to catch them?


RayP(MI)    Posted 02-25-2003 at 09:05:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Another reason people dump animals is our license/spaying/neutering laws. Here, if you don't pay license fees when your property taxes are due, the cost of licensing later is prohibitive. Then if you want an "economy" license, the animal has to be decommisioned. Vets get a pretty penny for that. Solution, take 'em out and dump on some farmer who has all the room for a few more animals. Wonder if they think we don't notice!


Les...fortunate    Posted 02-24-2003 at 15:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Around here, that doesn't seem to be that much of a problem. Coyotes clean up any outside cats these days.
What gripes me is people who live trap wild animals. Since they don't have the kahones to dispose of them themselves as they should do, they transport them to another area to turn them loose to become a nuisance there. This includes chipmunks, squirrels, skunks and coons. (Does this sound familiar?)
The worst offender is the NH Department of Fish and Game, which spends untold thousands every year to trap and transport nuisance bears, only to end up doing what they should have done in the first place, and that is killing them. There's way too many of them anyway.


Salmoneye    Posted 02-24-2003 at 15:21:49       [Reply]  [Send Email]
When the heck did they start that stoopid policy?

I know I asked you once about an old guy I used to know from St-J by the name of Fred Albeeza...VT and NH used him and his dogs for years to take care of nuisance bears...


Jim Adams    Posted 02-24-2003 at 19:56:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Trapping and moving nuisance bears instead of shooting them is does to appease the Bleeding Hearts who would loudly denounce the Forest
Servive, or whoever is moving them. However, the Wilderness Rangers will tell you that when you turn that bear loose he is going to be in another bear's territory and one of them is going to die in the fight.


Salmoneye    Posted 02-25-2003 at 02:00:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I realize all that as do most sensible people...

VT as of the last time I heard a couple years ago was still quickly and cleanly dispatching nuisance bears...Maybe not today...I will try and find out...

I thought New Hampshire F&G was still 'sensible' too...Apparently not...


Randy    Posted 02-24-2003 at 14:58:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just to let you know it happens in cities too. A couple months ago we rescued a beautiful boxer that was tied to a church in NYC. Thankfully a friend of a friend found him and now he hangs out here with us. Good to be him.


Dennis    Posted 02-24-2003 at 13:56:05       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did ya ever notice that no one drops off horses, cattle or pigs (Hogs).
Wonder why that is? LOL


Actually....    Posted 02-24-2003 at 14:51:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
our donkey was abandoned. We got him from a horse rescue place, but basically he was left to fend on his own for about 15 years. The government eventually took him as he was starving to death in mid-winter...he's about 30-ish now and doesn't have too many teeth left. So I guess no animal is too big or too small for some of these folks.

Tom A


Gyp-Wy    Posted 02-24-2003 at 13:47:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess those of us that live in the country have the same problems. They paved the road to within 1/2 mile of us so instantly we got a new cat, call him BC (barn cat). You can tell he was raised inside and was used to people. How could his people just abandon him?? Have a dog that we got the same way 9 years ago and she is the best thing, her people really missed having something special in their lives!! People like that need to be horse whipped if they even think about getting a pet.


Cindi    Posted 02-24-2003 at 12:07:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Awwww.....you guys are so nice. I'm lucky I live at the end of a dirt road, a mile off the main road. Haven't had any new additions wander in, but that doesn't stop us from ending up with new dogs, we find them in town! The most heinous crimes committed are against children and animals and the offenders should be drawn, quartered and then set fire to, IMHO. Maybe look into being an unofficial animal rescue, check with the local pound and see if they can throw some extra food your way to help out, I don't know. I really wish I knew how to help. People who love animals are just fine people. Also check with your local vets, they constantly get free pet food samples, maybe they'll share>?


Ana    Posted 02-24-2003 at 13:39:14       [Reply]  [No Email]
Cindi has some great ideas. We have just your problem here. Every year we average about 4 dogs and 3 cats. We do our best to locate homes for them, but of course end up having to keep some. Right now I have all I can take care of, but I have developed several places to seek new owners---mainly the places where my kids are employed. We've had pretty good luck (thank goodness) finding new owners, but it is work. We ask everyone we know if they want a ---whatever and ask them to ask others. Pictures help. I agree with the drawn & quartered for dumpers (one February, in the ice, snow, below zero we found four baby puppies, just weaned from the mommy, huddled in a ditch, licking ice!) Now what low-life could do that?


Yankee in Ok    Posted 02-24-2003 at 15:17:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well the one I forgot to mention is the ones that dont get brought in by folks like myself,they go wild and start on cows and other livestock and get closer to our homes and land.They are disesed and some might be rabid.Those that are wild eyed get shot and all because the owners dont want them anymore.We had a PACK near my property awhile ago and havent seen or heard them in awhile,just coyotes and they dont get to close with my dogs running loose.It really p---es me off big time.


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