"Do you take donated pets?" AKA, what do people REALLY think is going to happen?
Caller: "Do you take donations of pets?"
Me: "I'm sorry, do you mean you want to surrender your pet?"
Caller: "Yes, we can't afford to treat him anymore, our cat is 12, has X medical condition that we can't really manage because he doesn't take his meds well and we can't afford them anyway, he's peeing and pooping all over the house and we'd like to give him to someone who will take care of him."
While I totally feel for these folks and can imagine that it's been difficult calling around to every vet clinic and rescue in the area, it was honestly kind of difficult NOT to say "Honey, if your family, who loves this cat, can't find a way to get the meds down him and/or can't pay for it, what makes you think some complete stranger walking through a shelter is going to want to sign up for that?"
As it turns out, euthanasia was something she had considered but her husband seems to think that surely SOMEONE wants to pay for the treatment and besides, they don't want their kids to know the cat got euth'd.
In the end, we had a very long convo along the lines of "better a day too soon than a moment too late" and about how stressful it can be on cats to change environments, as well as the likelihood of the cat actually being adopted rather than euth'd at a shelter given the expense and condition of the kitty and wouldn't she rather be there at the end rather than worrying that kitty died in a shelter.
I HATE that people end up in a position where they can't care for their pets even if they're making their best effort. I hate it for them. But I really do think that euth is the best option for THIS particular case.
The caller was not a client of ours, admitted that she'd called at least 20 places already today and no one had really talked through all of that with her, that she appreciated it, etc. But I was honestly a bit worried I would terribly offend her with that truth and logic.
What do people REALLY think happens to pets they surrender that have major medical issues? Especially in this economy? No responsible rescue would take something like this on. No shelter around here is going to even TRY to put the cat up for adoption. The cat would be euth'd pretty much on the spot. Like I said, I feel for these folks, but I feel for the kitty more and really wonder what people are thinking.
It's why, for the most part, don't even look at the Giveawy Forum
On this very BB. Too many old, unsound horses that people want to "make sure get a loving home". Yes, life and circumstances change, but for heaven's sake, why can't people put on their big girl panties and do the right thing for the horse, not for their own "I believe, I believe" feelings.
I'm not saying that there aren't good reasons to have to rehome and older horse. I'm not saying that there aren't some wonderful people who will be glad to spend money and time on something that will have lifelong (and not much life) issues, just for the satisfaction of doing a good thing.
But reading most of the adds, makes it seem like it largely inconvenience and personal goals that lead most of the situations the horses find themselves in. Gotta make room for my new horse, sorry about your luck Dobbin.
I guess they live in the "oh well "I" found him a good home, I can't help what the next guy does with him" world.