Can you imagine having to think about surrendering your dog to a shelter?
There’s an important post over at the blog Beyond Breed that I’d love for you to read called: “I Love These Dogs”: The Squiggly Lines of Pet Owner Support. Read it here.
It’s about how “forever homes” are not always possible and that re-homing a dog does not make someone a “failure.” Often, it actually takes a lot of strength to give up a pet.
In the post, Kim Wolf writes about the story of a man named Derek (pictured below) who makes the difficult decision to re-home his dogs Sheba, Butch and King. And while Derek was doing everything right, there were people who said things like, “I would never give up my dogs – shame on you!”
Can you imagine how hurtful that would be?
In the post, Wolf also shares her own story about re-homing her 12-year-old pitbull.
From Kim Wolf at Beyond Breed:
I rehomed my 12-year-old pit bull, Martha Washington, in 2014. I felt like The Worst Person Alive.
I had recently divorced and money was tight. I was doing my best to care for my pets, but my love was not enough. On an October morning, my ex-husband picked up Martha and she never came back. She had a new home, but it wasn’t in mine.
So when Derek, a Ruff Riders family member, said his personal life was unraveling and he asked for help, I remembered how it felt to be The Worst Person Alive.
What do you think of the post?
I’m sure some of you can relate to the realities of re-homing dogs and cats. I’m thankful I have never been in a situation where I had to make such a difficult decision about any of my animals.
I’m also so thankful for my dog Ace’s previous owner in Ada, Minn. She gave my dog a solid start in life, and it’s good to know Ace has never known anything but love. I know it was hard for her to give him up, but she also knew she was doing what was best for Ace. I will always remember her kindness.
Have you ever re-homed a dog or taken in a dog from someone else?
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