I’ve always wondered why people leave their pets behind when they decide to relocate. How could they abandon their precious furkids, especially when they become senior dogs?
A friend once told me to just open the gate and let the dogs out. I think that would’ve been an irresponsible act. And today I learnt that people are dumping their pets at a landfill in Ipoh. The area has no food nor water. Sending them there is as good as giving them the death sentence. Pets are not trash that can be discarded when you no longer want them.
But now I’m beginning to understand why some people resort to that. I still think it’s wrong but I understand now why they chose that path.
I recently had to relocate too because of my career, and I had to place my beloved pets under someone’s care. As my dogs are senior dogs, they need extra medical attention and I’m sad that I can’t be with them.
I just received their medical bills + boarding charges + transportation and it came to RM10,000. Yes, shocking but I’m not going to shirk my responsibilities. I’ve told the good doctor that I will probably need to pay in instalments, and I’m lucky he understands.
So, I’m not going to be so harsh on people who dump their dogs anymore. I still don’t think it’s the right thing to do but for some who have lost their jobs or have taken a pay cut and are finding it hard to cope with bills and living expenses, how can you expect them to think of their pets?
Not all dog shelters will take in dogs as the shelters are facing financial constraints too.
I’ve always said that no cats and dogs should be living on the streets. All animals deserve a warm loving home.
I pray that my two precious furkids are well, happy and in good health.