I know the subject matter is going to be a little controversial, but I have to speak my mind! I have been in the animal care profession technically since 2002, however, I have been an animal lover all of my life. I have been around animals since I was knee high to a duck's tail. My very best friend and protector was an American Foxhound mix named Pierre.
He was my buddy, my babysitter, my friend, and my snack catcher! I can remember my Granny fussing at me about feeding the dog under the table. I even remember my first groom on the both of us, I tried to style his hair and mine with vaseline, and my Granny snapped a picture of us sitting on the bathroom floor covered in it! For me, it stirs fond memories of my very first pet, and I am thankful for my family setting the foundation that burns deep in my heart today, my love for animals.
I am stepping out on a limb with this, but I do feel that children should learn how to interact with animals. Although, they should not be left unsupervised with them, but lets face it you put two kids together they are going to get into stuff no matter what you do! I remember when my niece was a baby, she would sneak off with my two cats and the three of them would play in the toilet! We still chuckle about that to this day! Now that she is an adult and has a child of her own, her and her son love animals especially cats. I don't know if I set the path for that event like it was set for me, or if it was something that was predetermined. All I know is, that a responsible animal lover can pass the torch for future animal lovers if properly guided.
Recently, my dear friend was contacted about possibly fostering an animal that was being displaced for some reason. Now she was a manager of a major pet supply store, she has had animals, fostered them, help re-homed them, trained and loved them for as long as I have known her. She has taught her children, nieces, and nephews how to handle her pets gently and responsibly. All of her animals are socialized and treated as part of her family unit. Well the person looking to re-home the dog, did not know about her history she just took in account that my friend had a 2 year old, and decided that she was not suited to have a pet! After this lady was informed about my friend's history, she decided to change her mind, but the window was then closed.
With so many animals being displaced it really baffles me how SOME adoption groups and rescues can be so pompous! I have preached to people over and over again, please adopt, don't but buy because every day a dog or cat dies. What I have heard, and now experienced is that so many of the groups make it hard for people that want to step up and participate. Many customers have told me that there is so much red tape to adopt a pet that it's just easier to go and buy one. Doesn't that defeat the purpose? Every family is not the same. Every child does not abuse or neglect animals, and just because someone has the "cookie cutter" look, it doesn't necessarily mean that they will be good pet parents. I realize that the point of the groups and rescues is to do what is in the best interest of the pet, however, discouraging families from adopting is NOT going to stop them from getting a pet if they really want one. It doesn't stop there either, some of the groups are very uptight about who helps them as well. I have personally offered to volunteer my time to help clean up animals for a better adoption appearance, only to be told that they didn't want my help! Are you kidding me? The stories keep coming, people want to volunteer time and they are given the run around, or stonewalled, but then you hear the cries for help. What do you really want? If the purpose is to help the animals, then please stop preventing the people that want to help you! It is ridiculous!
There is a way to get anything and everything done, just be a little more flexible and meet people at their ability to help, and it probably won't be so overwhelming.
My Grandmother use to always tell me"Blessed are the flexible, for they can never be bent out of shape."
Till next time......Enjoy the sunshine!