When I saw this meme on Facebook I immediately thought of the many dogs who are not treated as well as they should even though they were considered part of the family when they first arrived in their new home.
I also thought about the sadness on the faces of the dogs who were brought to the kennel because their owners suddenly realized their schedule didn't allow for them to spend quality time with their pets, etc.
I also thought about what must be going through the minds of these dogs as they are uprooted and sent off somewhere with people they aren't familiar with.
As a professional pet sitter I can attest to the fact that animals do get depressed, lonely, and anxious when their owners are away for the day, the week, and longer so can you imagine the distress and confusion a pet goes through once they realize their owners are never coming back to claim them?
And what about the dogs who aren't taken to the shelter but are left to fend for themselves? How could anyone with a conscience cast their pets aside in such a thoughtless manner?
In my opinion, pets are family members for a lifetime but if a pet must live somewhere else there should be a very good reason (such as an elderly person having to move into a nursing home) for it. What are your thoughts?