I am active on social media. I use Facebook a lot. I check in to Google+. I read blogs. I watch videos. In short, my online activity is high.
One of the 'announcements' that gets me fuming on a daily basis is the "owner surrender" notes from shelters I am connected to. I find my blood pressure going to the roof when I read those words.
Often, the "owner surrender" is an adorable dog or cat, given up for no good reason that we can ascertain. We being the folks at the 'other end'... the receiving end of this activity. Many, many times the owner surrender is a pet that is old. The pet is too old for the family to care for. The pet is old and perhpas even ill. Elderly pets get many of the same ailments elderly people do - arthritis, for instance. Loss of eyesight. Even dementia.
The idea that it's okay to surrender your pet when she or her becomes too much for you, is so very wrong, I bristle when the subject comes up, no matter where it comes up. I find it astonishing that a loving family would even consider such an idea. After all, if you've been a pet parent for 10 years, or even 8 years, or even 5 years, to a beloved pet... how is it possible you don't see the enormous harm in surrending that creature to a shelter... where he or she will become a number, in a system, and no matter how loving the shelter workers are, nor how many loving volunteers they have, it won't be the same as you.