Some people leave their family pet behind when they move because they are moving to a place where pets are not allowed. They may have tried desperately to find a home for their dog or cat, but they just couldn't find anyone who would take it. All their money is gone in moving expenses, so they think they won't be able to afford an animal shelter surrender fee. Perhaps they fear that if they take their pet to a shelter, it will be put down. Some people really do believe their pet will have a better chance out on the street where some kind-hearted individual will walk by and take the animal home.
|Before & after rescued photos show what the street does to a dog.|
One thing I haven't mentioned yet is the number of cats and dogs that were never spayed or neutered. Pet owners may feel like they can't afford the cost. Some people think that the procedure will alter their dog and make him less manly. Others argue that they want their children to witness nature in action. When the home is overrun with baby puppies and kitties, they struggle to find homes for them. When these cats or dogs who are not spayed and neutered run wild in the street, the overpopulation problem develops in our neighborhoods.
Here is a short list of links that will get you started in making a difference:
Alley Cat Allies
The Dog Rescuers
The Humane Society