Fall approaches...a beautiful season of colors, falling leaves, and crips, cool, refreshing air. However, Fall and Winter are not always wonderful for stray animals. Small animals can hide in piles of leaves out of fear, and become subject to the elements from starvation or thirst, or illness. Animals searching for shelter from the cold or damp can often choose places that put them at risk for larger animals or cruel humans to prey on them or pick them up for bait for dog fighting rings, etc.
It is NEVER, EVER ok to just set your pet loose because they have become a "burden" or are too old for your family, or you have to move. Whatever the reason, there are other options! Yes, shelters are not great places for animals sometimes, if they are kill shelters, but at least there they have SOME chance at finding a new life and will be fed and cared for as long as the shelter is able. Contact a local no kill rescue in your area to surrender your pet, or even let your vet know.
PETS ARE NOT DISPOSABLE! But, if you absolutely cannot keep your pet, and you have a valid reason, there is no need to feel shame in contacting your vet to help or a local shelter. It is better than throwing it out the door or car like yesterday's garbage. We do not throw our elderly and/or sick in a dumpster...please give you pets, who are your family as well...the same courtesy?
WE CANNOT CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE TO THE ENDANGERMENT AND DEATHS OF UNWANTED ANIMALS! There are people out there willing to help! CONTACT THEM FIRST!
PLEASE...HELP BE THEIR VOICES!