Did ya'll get to look at that eagle cam? Is that not a GREAT camera?
You are going to be getting some animal posts again as I am back in the industry again after five years and technically, other than being a writer, the animal industry is a dream job for me. Though I am not working directly with the animals, I am working FOR them and there is no where else I'd rather be.
What blows my mind and has always blown my mind (and you all who are my FB friends know I have talked about this before) is why do people consider animals dispensable? If they don't act the way you want them to, or if you have a baby and suddenly have concerns about having a dog, or if they have bathroom issues, or if they suddenly encounter medical problems, people think they can just drop them off somewhere and be done with them. Now granted, any of those things mentioned above are problems, but let me tell you something else, compared to the issues I can have with my kids (who never act the way I want them to!) the pet problems are no big deal!
My pets have never been disposable to me. They are my other kids with fur. When my human kids tick me off, obviously I am not taking them somewhere else to live and hoping for the best, no matter how much in the moment I may want to! The same goes for my cats (and soon to be dog). They don't get thrown away when things don't go the way I think they should go.
And here's the other thing. When you get a pet, you should go into that situation knowing that times they are going to cost you money; maybe a lot of it. Most important? You must have them spayed or neutered. If you are planning to breed them for a profit that is one thing (not the way I would go but I don't want to tick off any breeders) but otherwise, stop them from accidental breeding. All it does is fill up our shelters with unwanted animals. Here's a wake up call: One unspayed dog and her offspring can lead to 67,000 dogs in six years. One unspayed cat and her offspring can produce 420,000 cats in seven years. Sounds like a great reason to spay and neuter to me. Believe me, I am seeing these poor animals that are brought into the shelter, desperate for a home of which a large number of them will not find. Get your animals spayed and neutered. I don't care if Snowball will never go outside. Mine don't go out either but they have, on occasion, played Houdini and gotten out...and it only takes one time. Get it done.
Your pet will probably also encounter an occasional medical problem that is going to cost you money. If you have concerns about this, you are not ready to adopt a pet. If your kids need medical attention, you get it for them. Your pets should not be any different.
You need to plan before you adopt. The same way you would plan to have a human child, you need to plan for your furry kid, who will always be a kid. You will always be their person and they will love you unconditionally. They deserve the same thing from you.