|This post circulated on Facebook in early February.|
"Yes I can help," was my initial thought when I saw this (a couple of rescue friends had tagged me).
It took about 5 seconds for my brain to process the gravity of this post, and for ~what I know to come~ to surface.
"Often a pet is a senior’s sole companion and when they lose their pet, the senior often goes into a downward spiral and we end up losing the senior not long after the pet is gone," as simply put on hospets.org.
Losing a pet, especially for a senior citizen, can be fatal.
So when I read through some of the comments on this post's thread, seeing only, "I can take the dog," "I pm-ed you," and tagging so-and-so and so-forth, I felt helpless, and at the same time wanted to scream.
Hello... is anyone thinking about this lady?!
Of course I commented on the thread, mentioning our rescue, saying I'd be glad to help, and that my first order of business would be conversing with this pet owner to try to find a way for her to keep, or at least have visitations, with her beloved dog. I mentioned some options on the thread but assumed I'd never hear anything back since a few dozen people had already replied, and the post had circulated for a couple of days. As a matter of fact the nurse that initially shared this even said on the thread that, 'she thought they'd found an owner.'
Again I wanted to say... but this dog has an owner, a wonderful, loving owner!
I'm blogging on this in an attempt to get the word out... if you or someone you know finds yourself in a similar situation, please know that:
You have options. You have rights. Don't let someone else make this call to give up your pet for you.
In the moment it may feel 'easier' in some ways to just find a new home for the dog, especially in this current climate of dogs-in-demand, but believe me when I say, this decision can have long-term, potentially-fatal impacts, for the pet owner and/or the pet.