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Nov 12

Taking Responsibility for Your Pet

It never ceases to amaze me, the many ways that people take to avoid the responsibility of caring for a once loved pet.  From the terminally ill collie who was abandoned on the moors, to the pregnant cat left on the streets to starve.

Maybe their owners were finding it difficult to cope in the financial climate which prevails at the moment.  Perhaps they thought that the pets they had once cared for and cherished could revert to the wild and start killing their own food and looking after themselves.  That just does not happen.  Cats which have maybe left the odd bird on your doorstep are not equipped to support themselves.  There are other options.  Friends, family, neighbours may be able to help you to care for your pet.  Rescue organisations, although no doubt stretched to their limits, may be able to offer an alternative.  If at the end of the day you really cannot keep your pet and no help is available, then ask the vet to put your animal to sleep.  Heartbreaking though this is, it is sometimes the kinder option.  Allowing your animal to “fend for itself” is a cruel, heartless fate for any pet.

Faith in human nature is restored occasionally, as in the case of Scamp, a 11 year old cavalier whose owners, since the age of 8 weeks, were moving to Australia, and felt it would not be fair on him to make the journey.  Because of his age, they kindly left a sum of money to help his new owners with veterinary costs.  As we had bred Scamp, Heronbank stepped in to care for him and to look for him a new home.  We were delighted when he was offered a new home and are delighted to report that he has settled in well with his new owners and 4 rescued Persian cats.  Caring for a rescued dog or cat is a rewarding experience, just knowing that you “did the right thing” is reward in itself.

…  Anne