People live longer and so do their pets.
Unfortunately, too often the pet outlives the owner and someone is left with a problem that has many options for a solution – only most of them are not realistic.
Families are frequently scattered hundreds of miles apart, have busy lives and do not feel they can take care of an elderly cat or dog that was the beloved pet of one of their parents or relatives.
When that is the case, it really helps all of us in rescue if a sibling or relative will make the necessary decisions regarding the pet’s future.
Sadly, too often, that isn’t the case and it is left to a friend or neighbor.
There are no easy answers. But here are some facts that need to be considered.
Elderly dogs and cats are very difficult, if not impossible, to rehome.
Rescues are hard-pressed to find a good home for the puppies/kittens and young dogs/cats.
When you call us and we listen, then explain why we can’t take the pet – it tears at our hearts.
But we also know, we have to be sure we save as many homeless dogs and cats as possible and the stark reality then means we can’t save all of them.
I can speak for PAAS and the 15+ rescues who now work with us – – we are saving 100+ dogs each month that are transferred to our partner in Colorado.
That keeps us going because we can see the positive impact it has.
We also know we can’t lose sight of that progress when faced with a phone call or conversation with someone who’s promised a friend/relative they would take care of their elderly pet, then realize it isn’t possible.
Social media can sometimes come to the rescue – especially Facebook sites.
But there’s no guarantee. Plans and decisions should be made ahead of time – – for everyone involved.
Remember your pets have no voice – – you – – only you – – are their voice.