To Surrender or Not to Surrender your Pet or Pets
As I am sure a number of you have fallen on hard times, and I am no different or free from the life of struggles. Here lies the question.
If we are at a point that we are not sure whether having a pet makes our life easier or not, we may need to make that decision; do I keep them or surrender them. Pets can add a lot of joy to our lives and at times fill a void or relieve stress. But there are times that they are the complete opposite and only add stress or make our lives unbearable, and we have to decide what is better for them and for us.
Do we keep our pets and starve ourselves to make sure they have food and health care? Do we lose our homes only to have a car full of pets and no place to go? Pets can be expensive not only for food and their primary care but for toys, beds, leashes, kitty litter and all the other things that go with pet ownership. They can also become demanding and want more attention from us than what we have time to give them or even want to give them. So we need to ask ourselves, would they be better off somewhere else?
Problem is all my pets are old and some are rescues.
Oh, I have been told, “You are all they have!” Yes, that is right, but do I have to deal with them everyday too? Has my life become just dogs and cats? Pretty much and I am not sure if I want to go down that road especially at this time in my life. I want more than to clean up cat piss and shit and feed dogs and cats everyday.
I recently lost a dog in January and since than my life has changed dramatically. Not only for me personally but for my other dog to the point that I can’t deal with it. He has become demanding of my time and attention. I started taking him with me everyday which I thought would be good for both of us, but it is now becoming a problem.
I sit at this cross-road and not sure what direction to go. Take my pets to a shelter and sign them over, or deal with the day to day struggles and keep them? Just like the pet sitting business; do I keep doing this or do I sell it?
It is very difficult for me at this time, because I am not sure where my joy went, but I have lost it and I don’t find it in my job or in my home with my pets anymore. I hoping that time will improve things, but right now I am facing some hard decisions. Just like a lot of other people in life and I am standing at the cross-road wondering what direction to go.