You want a confession?

I have been an animal lover for my entire life. I was a vet’s assistant, a groomer, and a kennel assistant. I’ve had animals of every kind. Dogs, cats, birds, rodents, horses, reptiles, fish, and cows. So this situation was entirely unexpected. I had taken on an animal that was not mine. I already had a pet, but I couldn’t see this animal left homeless, so I took him, even though this was a huge imposition for me, under my circumstances at the time. He was NOT easy. He caused major problems for me at the worst time in my life. His previous owner couldn’t take him back, so I felt obligated, even though he made my life so much harder. I loved him, but he was an asshole. I had him for several years, and I did my best for him. I finally found a new career, but was forced to move from my rental at the same time. Finding a new place that would take animals was extremely difficult. I finally found one, but I was only allowed to have one pet. The pet that I’d gotten on my own, that I loved SO much, was obviously my choice. As the foster pet was elderly (17) and very unpleasant, I wasn’t able to find anyone willing to take him on, so I decided to surrender him to the SPCA. The horrible experience I had there changed my mind about this organization. I thought that I could just bring him there and they would understand. Instead, I faced the third degree. I was made to feel like a criminal! I ended up having to lie, saying that I’d found him. They were incredibly judgemental and made me give them the names of any vets I’d been to. I was stupid enough to do that, and they figured out that this animal had been mine because I’d taken him to the vet many. They were very young, so not able to understand difficult life choices that people are sometimes faced with. Now, my other pet has passed away, and I would dearly love to adopt another, but because of thIs situation, I’m not able to. Even though I had decades of responsible experiences with many pets, I’m labeled as a terrible person because I surrendered one animal that I couldn’t take care of.

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Never

Mar 28, 2020 at 4:04am

Let stupid people make you feel bad.
You tried your best to care for the " little cutie".
Circumstances change and we dont always have control over life.
You tried really hard to care for someone else's pet.
That shows real caring I think.

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Anonymous

Mar 28, 2020 at 12:02pm

You can get another pet very easily. You just have to do it in a shady way. Get someone else to adopt and give you the animal or buy from a breeder. Please don’t buy from a breeder. I’m sure you already know not to but my point is, there are ways around the situation.

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Not now

Mar 28, 2020 at 12:33pm

Now isn’t the time to air your grievances with the SPCA; they need our help as animals are being impacted by all this upheaval too. Right now I think kindness and empathy are most needed.

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@Animal Lover

Mar 28, 2020 at 7:44pm

So many people like to call themselves animal lovers.
But what did they eat for lunch?
Hmm...

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Sounds about right...

Mar 29, 2020 at 1:20am

I used to volunteer as a dog walker at the SPCA. The staff barked at me more than the dogs did.

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@not now

Mar 29, 2020 at 11:29am

So glad there are so many concern trolls, like you, to tell other people exactly how to behave and how to feel and to report on experiences at exactly the correct time. Please let us all know when we can have other thoughts and feelings.

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