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Dog dilemma

Tilly is alive!
Tilly is alive!
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What would you do? You have made the very difficult decision to have your pooch put down just to find out that one of the clinic workers has contacted a shelter and together have rescued the dog from being euthanized? How would you feel?

Many times pet owners do not feel as though they can financially, physically, or emotionally take care of a pet with special needs any longer. Instead of looking at all of the options out there, they take the first option that comes along and decide upon it. Ordinarily that option is to take the pet somewhere to be euthanized. At least they can feel as though the pet is no longer suffering.

But is it right? That is the big question. Of course it is all relative, but this certainly should be a well thought out process, not just a spur-of-the-moment decision!

One really big consideration is if you believe that the animal would be better off in another home environment; one that could afford to take the necessary steps. Take this particular dog for instance. The dog was bred in a puppy mill and had constant issues with bladder stones. The Japanese Chin had already had two surgeries for her illness and her owner could not afford another. Just because this owner could not afford this particular dog does not mean that there is not someone out there that would be more than happy to love and care for this dog. That is why the worker decided to put the dog up for adoption as opposed to having it euthanized!

Oftentimes there are really loving people out there in this world of ours that choose to adopt special needs animals. They are fluid enough to not care about cost; they just want to love the animal for as long as they possibly can.

Remember when children with special needs were dumped in a facility where they were figuratively buried alive since no one went to see them after they arrived? They were provided life’s basic necessities and theoretically ignored; a way to forget that they even existed. They were not allowed to be put down, but animals are different.

Animals have basic needs, too. Sometimes it is too late to change our minds after we adopt a pet. Some people will do the best that they can to help the animal live as best as it can, others will choose to drop them right back at facility where they were acquired. That is too bad. Depending on the facility, this could lead to early euthanization anyway.

No one can say what the right thing for people to do is. It all depends on their personal circumstances.

When you choose to get a puppy from a puppy mill, you are taking chances. There exists a more likely scenario that a dog from a puppy mill can have special needs (due to overbreeding and other such negligent behavior), but only you can say what is right for you – and the pet. In other cases, someone may decide on the pet’s behalf for you. Then it will be your decision how to feel. It is almost a guarantee that a non-fatal dog will feel better about living than dying though!

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