Dog Abandonment & Final Plans
The old home seemed desolate, even though it’s owner had only passed away a week ago yesterday. The feeling of sadness hung heavy from the low hanging limbs of the willow tree. The grass had lost the long battle to the plethora of dandelion weeds that sprung from the recently rain dampened lawn.
Spider webs had tripled in size along the corners of the porch and the front door stood ashy yellow due to the constant covering of pollen. The front yard led to an unkempt backyard that was in need of a trimming and a landscaper.
An old lawn mower stood where it was last cranked, rust colored oil stains running down it’s worn orange sides. An old dog house sat at the end of the back yard. It’s wooden door chewed and battered by generations of dogs that had made the entrance their chew toy.
A long logging chain ran from the center of a mound of dirt all the way into the doghouse like a twelve foot steel python. A shake of a head and a dragging of the chain is all you heard to know the other end of the chain contained a dog. The dusty, tan colored brute stepped out the beaten dwelling and shook his dust covered coat and squinted his old yellow eyes into the sun.
His skin was taunt against his skeleton, and a stench came from his body. He had lived with the old man for fifteen years and his passing had led to him being discarded as a mere yard ornament. He looked again at the home the old man occupied before urinating in the corner of his area and descending back into the worn doghouse.
Each year dogs like the one described above suffer from dog abandonment through no fault of their own. Animals that are widowed by death and forgotten because no plans were set in place in the event of his or her owner passing. We as human beings leave our homes, cars, jewelry, and money to next of kin and usually these items are scooped up in a fashion that causes family friction and in-laws fighting.
While everyone scurried and claws for Granny’s pearls, many ignore her old dog Mini Pearl in the corner. After all the goodies are divided the dogs are sometimes discarded as unwanted furniture, waiting to be dumped rather than cherished.
So what can an individual do to ensure that their pet is not discarded at the local animal control or from dog abandonment? The first thing you can do is discuss with your family and friends the placing of your pets in the event of your death. It’s a touchy subject, but one that can easily find a solution. Just the fact that you are speaking to them about the potential situation and your pet, will make them realize just how valuable your dog is to you.
That value could save your pets life, when you lose yours. Leave instructions on care and gift cards to pet stores to get them through the first few months that owning a pet may surprise them. And they won’t know what food to feed, the pets schedule, medication, or vet office unless you tell them. So take the time and share the information to avoid dog abandonment issues!
What if you don’t have a family member that will take your pet? You can call a local animal rescue, and leave money for a foster program. This money can go towards your pet until it is able to find a new forever home. One thousand dollars may keep your pet alive for a year or more and improve it’s opportunity to be adopted. Check with your local shelters and find rescues that offer programs for displaced pets. Being prepared for the unexpected is what will save the stress that displaced pets cause your family and friends to help avoid dog abandonment.
Death is always hard, but life gives us the ability to make it manageable in regards to our four legged family members. Plan now and make sure all your loved ones are as ready as possible for the unimaginable.