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.