Posts Tagged ‘threatening the pet

18
Aug
10

In which we post a Worstof that has nothing to do with Craigslist.


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WarmFuzzy’s Shelter Sanctuary Just checked our standing in TheAnimalRescueSite.com shelter challenge. Very depressing. Looks like unless darn near everybody votes for WarmFuzzy’s, Drexel, MO we’re nowhere close to winning. Time to start working on shutting the shelter down & deciding who to euthanize first.

First things first: As anyone who reads this blog (yes, all three of you!) knows, I support rescue and have nothing but the utmost respect for anyone whose calling in life involves saving the lives of pets through rescue or shelter work.

Now that that’s out of the way… Are you freaking kidding me?! This organization’s entire fundraising strategy is based on winning a contest on the Internet, without which they can’t stay open? And their strategy FOR winning that contest is to threaten to start killing the pets in their care?

There’s a cliche in the horse rescue world: “The truck is coming!” This implies that horses waiting to be saved will be sent to slaughter if kind-hearted folks don’t open their wallets. But, of course, horses are always being sent to slaughter, you can’t save them all, and if you do have the generosity to save one or several of them, you need to do a lot of research to make sure you’re not doing it through an organization that operates in such a way as to place the horses in a situation potentially worse than death. A rescue that uses last minute guilt trip fundraising is usually low on money to actually feed the animals they already have, and they may be overpaying to bail horses off the slaughter truck and thereby actually propping up the horse slaughter industry.

But this is the first time I’ve ever seen a small animal rescue use the “gun to the animals’ heads” approach, and they’re using it to beg for votes in an online contest. Protip: Maybe everyone is voting for organizations that actually have a comprehensive plan to keep a roof over their animals’ heads even if they don’t get a sudden windfall? Or organizations that when they call themselves “no kill” or a “sanctuary” raise funds to actually not kill the animals? Or organizations whose leadership reacts to a crisis by getting seriously active on fundraising, rather than by leaving passive-aggressive Facebook notes threatening to start killing cats?

Now, apparently the shelter was damaged by a tornado, prompting this funding crisis. My sympathies to all affected by natural disasters, but that’s why you carry insurance. So that you don’t find yourself without an emergency fund, without a building, and without a better plan than “Let’s threaten the cats until people vote for us!”

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27
May
10

Can’t control my child, guess I’ll kill my dog.


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Please help! I have a very sweet, female beagle. She is spayed, has a very loving personality and loves to sit on your lap and cuddle. The problem is, I have a 1 year old toddler and a baby at home. The toddler is making my dog miserable. I can’t get my son to stop chasing her around the house and she is showing her disapproval by snapping at him and peeing in our house. Abby would be a great dog for an older person or couple. If I can’t find her a home, I’m going to have to put her to sleep. If you think you might want her, PLEASE come meet her. All shots are current and she has been very well taken care of. She’ll live for many more years if given the chance!

Yes, I’m sure she would live for many more years if given the chance. If, you know, her owner, the person who made a lifelong commitment by choosing to own this dog, gave her that chance. Wouldn’t that be remarkable?

“But Snarky Blogger!” you say, “The dog snapped at her toddler! That’s a legit reason to want to rehome a dog.”

To that I say: One-year-olds don’t weigh much. You know what you do when your toddler chases your dog and provokes her to the point that she starts snapping? You pick the toddler up and put it in time out. If that’s not good enough, here are five more ways to deal with this problem that don’t require you to be the kind of epic douchenozzle who gets rid of your lovely senior Beagle or puts her to sleep because you can’t control your child:

  1. Get a trainer involved. Aggression = professional help. Period. Yes, trainers charge money, but most humane societies offer behavioral help for a reasonable price. Give upĀ  a few lattes and get some sessions with a good trainer.
  2. Use baby gates to separate the dog and the toddler. If the dog has room to get away from the kid and rest, she won’t snap at the kid.
  3. Use a playpen to confine the toddler when you can’t supervise. One is not too old to spend some time in a playpen.
  4. Take the dog to a vet. Maybe she’s peeing in the house because the child is stressing her so badly (is the kid preventing her from getting to a doggie door?) but it’s equally likely that she has a UTI or other problem. Health issues can contribute to aggression, too.
  5. Supervise the child whenever it is anywhere near the dog. I’ve worked with families with dogs and young children. Many of them. It’s not impossible to properly supervise even a young, energetic child around a dog. The instant you see the kid heading toward your frustrated, stressed older dog, intercept and redirect the kid to an appropriate activity and direct the dog to an area like her crate where she can relax.

Responsible dog ownership is compatible with responsible parenthood.

Poor Beagle: