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    Economy Blamed for Pet Abandonment

    The number of animals being dropped off at shelters this month has skyrocketed to more than 1,200.

    Officials speculate the bad economy is playing a role.

    More:
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthrobones View Post
    The number of animals being dropped off at shelters this month has skyrocketed to more than 1,200.

    Officials speculate the bad economy is playing a role.

    More:
    http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs..../NEWS/80627083

    Oh yes, my beloved local paper. The Tennessean.

    I take everything written in that piece of crap paper with a grain of salt but I do believe this to be true.

    I see this in my own neighborhood. People losing their homes and leaving pets behind. We have a kennel for beagles and sometimes we get phone calls from shelters asking us if we can adopt these beagles, its sad to say no, knowing they will die.

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    Such a dreadful shame people aren't treating their pets as members of the family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pixies View Post
    Oh yes, my beloved local paper. The Tennessean.

    I take everything written in that piece of crap paper with a grain of salt but I do believe this to be true.

    I see this in my own neighborhood. People losing their homes and leaving pets behind. We have a kennel for beagles and sometimes we get phone calls from shelters asking us if we can adopt these beagles, its sad to say no, knowing they will die.
    Thank you for all you do for beagles, pixies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floh View Post
    Thank you for all you do for beagles, pixies.

    I second that Floh ~ I have 2 beagles right here next to me, snoring like old men. I love my little ladies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TopGunner View Post
    I second that Floh ~ I have 2 beagles right here next to me, snoring like old men. I love my little ladies.

    We have lots of beagles, it all started with my daughter (who was 9) and my dad wanting to breed beagles to sell them, well after buying the momma dog and the papa dog for 500 bucks each, we had puppies. My dad and my daughter fell in love with the puppies and kept every single one. They are all "fixed" and live in a building that is nicer than my house with an acre to run.
    SPOILED!!

    I also have a rescue collie/beagle mix. She is the weirdest looking puppy ever but I love her!

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    This disgusts me. I have 1 dog.. I have had hard times lately.. and lived off spaghetti o's. However.. you better believe I still paid for dog food. I could never abandon my dog. He is like my child..

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    My dogs are like my children too. I have two beagles (one was abandoned in our neighborhood about a month ago), a golden retriever (rescued from the animal shelter, owners had almost starved him to death and there will be a trial) and a miniature dachshund puppy.

    They should at least call the humane society if they can't afford to feed them.

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    This is heartbreaking.
    What must all those puppers be thinking now?
    Poor babies.

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    There is on way on God's green earth that I would abandon my two dogs. You can bet your bottom dollar (or my bottom dollar) that if I only had money for one burger, it would be split three ways!!! They are my babies. They give me so much love and ask for so little in return.

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"


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    We only have two guinea pigs and when money was flowing in...I never thought about their upkeep. When the budget tightened I started keeping track of how much we spent on their care! I was amazed. They are like our children though, so they won't be affected of course.

    I feel sorry for large animal owners (horses, etc) because I know the cost of just hay has increased a lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Taximom View Post
    We only have two guinea pigs and when money was flowing in...I never thought about their upkeep. When the budget tightened I started keeping track of how much we spent on their care! I was amazed. They are like our children though, so they won't be affected of course.

    I feel sorry for large animal owners (horses, etc) because I know the cost of just hay has increased a lot.
    Well since I can't afford gas to buy for my lawn mower maybe I can borrow someone's horse or goat to eat my lawn.

    So often times it happens that we live our life in chains, and we never even know we have the key. ...Eagles, "Already Gone"

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    That is awful. I guess it is more humane to drop them off at the shelter than to just dump them out in the country where they will starve to death, but I would never do that to my dogs and cat. If times got real tight, I might buy them a cheaper brand of food if need be, but I could never give them up- anymore than I could give up my kids.

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    When I hit bad times financially I pawned our playstation 2 with all the games we had and my beloved guitar and I spent all the money on cat food to ensure I would not be in that situation for at least awhile. They are like my children and there is simply no way, no how, under ANY cirumstances would I ever abandoned them or give them away. You could come knock on my door right now and offer me a million dollars for my cats and I would laugh at you - THEY ARE PRICELESS.

    The decision to have a pet is 10-20 year committment which may require you to make sacrifices to ensure they are cared for. They are not accessories and they are not disposable when times get rough. I just cannot understand that mentality. It sickens me. There has been a cat in our neighborhood lately living on the sidewalk and I have been feeding her and worrying about her and the other day a kid came up to me and told me that it was his cat but they got a dog and the cat hissed at it so his mom threw her out. Now she is starving - she eats so fast when I feed her she throws up, she is skin and bones, she probably isn't fixed and will get pregnant very shortly. That selfish woman could not even be bothered to take the cat to a shelter where she might have a chance and would at least be fed.

    It is a vicious cycle perpetrated by selfish people(TONS of them) who view animals as accessories and the minute that animal becomes an inconvenience they have no qualms about throwing it out because they have failed to realize animals are emotional creatures too with the capacity to create and maintain a special bond with humans if the environment they live in is conducive.

    Don't get me wrong - I understand financial hardships and it would be especially difficult if you owned horses because of the cost but you gotta figure something out. That person made a commitment to that animal when they purchased it. At the very least the owner owes that animal the respect to spend the time and puttng the thought into finding the animal a good, loving home with people who can care for it.

    I also fail to understand people who have to evacuate because of floods, fires, hurricanes, etc and just leave their animals behind. There was a bit on the news the other night about all the animals who have been abandoned in the midwest because of people fleeing the flooding and just leaving their pets behind. The guy from the shelter being interviewed was holding two 3month old Lab puppies someone had just left with no food for days.

    It is a very difficult world to live in if you are an animal lover.

    Edited to add: I used the pro-noun 'you' generally. I was not addressing anyone in particular....just venting.
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    Back in the past dogs just ate table scraps--I know some people might have to leave pets behind because they have to move in with relatives or other housing and can't take their pets, but I think a lot of people who abandon their pets are just selfish.

    Our oldest cat was left behind in a move (we think) when times were good. She is by far the smartest, most people-sensitive cat we've ever had. Somebody else's stupidity was our gain and our blessing.

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