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A photograph that went viral on social media a few weeks ago showed dozens of dog owners, with their dogs ranging in size, age, shape, and breed, lined up outside the intake department of a South Florida kill shelter.
Each person standing in line was there to surrender their dog, despite being told their dogs would likely be euthanized as the overcrowded shelter simply couldn’t handle all the unwanted pets.
Still, person after person abandoned the dog they, at one point, had promised to love and provide for forever.
Perhaps some had convinced themselves that their dog was special and someone would adopt him/her right away. Perhaps others simply didn’t care. Truth is, special or not, a majority of the dogs dumped will never again know what it means to have a family, to play with a toy, to enjoy a treat. Most will be “put to sleep” – a gentle term we humans use as a way to avoid saying the truth out loud – within days of being left at the shelter.
This got us thinking… let’s discuss.
Do you think that someone who dumps an animal at a shelter should be able to one day adopt again?
Should future pet adoptions be conditional? (For example, after a length of time, say 5 years, has passed? 10 years?)
Should the names of those who surrender a pet be listed on a national “Do Not Adopt” registry for other shelters and rescue groups to reference?
Weigh in with a comment below!