Thursday, 11 December 2014

A DOG IS FOR LIFE

It's that time of year again.  All over the world people will be celebrating Christmas and they'll be buying presents for their loved ones.   Sadly many of them will buy puppies as Christmas presents, without giving a thought to all the hard work involved in  training a puppy.

The sad fact is that many of these puppies will be dumped or abandoned almost as quickly as the Christmas decorations come down.   Please think long and hard before even considering giving a puppy or dog as a pet.

Here in Turkey the same problem exists, but not so much over Christmas.  People move here to live, or maybe only stay for a summer season, and they adopt a  puppy or dog from the streets.   Very commendable of course, and we all know how many desperately hungry dogs there are out there and we want to help them.

BUT the most heartbreaking thing about winter arriving here, is the increasing number of dogs dumped or abandoned on the streets.  Many of them wearing collars, which indicates that they were once owned.

I'll never understand how anyone who has owned a dog, even for a short period of time, can actually just dump it on the streets.  Worse still are the numbers of people who take on a dog, then decide to relocate to their home country but won't pay to take their dog with them.  Yes, it's expensive, but surely you'd find the money rather than leave your dog to starve, while you board the plane?

Even if you can't take a dog with you, at least make sure that you find it a good, caring home, well in advance of your leaving date, to make sure your dog is settled with it's new owners.  Don't just hand it over with a sack of dog food to someone who has said they will feed it...maybe until you return.  How do you know this will happen?  It very often does not.,

But the solution to this problem is easy...think before you adopt...if there is the remotest chance that you may leave the country and not be able to take your dog with you, then don't adopt in the first place.  There are many things you can do to help the dogs and cats here.  You can go out and regularly feed a few animals, particularly in winter when food is hard to come by.  Or you can find out where your local shelter is, and join the many volunteers who give up their time to make the animals' lives a little more comfortable.

A dog is a huge commitment.  Make sure you are ready for it.




8 comments:

  1. so true about the dumped dogs...and cats......I work for Animal Aid in Çalış and have two feeding stations where I feed the street cats once a day.There have been a few new faces turning up at both stops plus new dogs appearing on the street.2 of which have collars and one that I personally know of where the owner has just upped and left.How anyone can abandon their pet is beyond my belief,I would rather die that leave one of my cats to suffer like this and suffer they do.Believe me.These abandoned animals do not know how to fend for themselves and suffer from loss just as humans do.So please whoever you are think seriously about adopting a dog.Why not foster one of these unfortunate animals that need love and care until they are adopted or volunteer for one of the feeding stations of kitten house?Try it and see,you could end up having the best of both worlds without the responsibility.

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    1. Thankyou for your words of advice, and of course fostering is an ideal solution for those people who are only going to be here for a short time, and it helps so much. The problem, as you and I know only too well, is that once we domesticate a dog or cat they start to lose their scavenging instincts and just cannot survive if put back out on the streets. It's cruel and heartless and beyond my belief too. It would be better if they were left on the streets than taken in and given a false sense of security.

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  2. Such sound and sensible advice, Ayak, but sadly people are so bad at taking it. There's the same problem with returning expats abandoning pets in France too and French forums are full of rehoming pleas.

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    1. And yet we are supposed to be a nation of animal lovers Perpetua!

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  3. It's lucky that there are folk like you to pick up some of the pieces.

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    1. Sadly there are far too many dogs left in this situation BtoB and not enough people to save them. It's heartbreaking. At least you did your bit by rescuing Jake xxx

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  4. Yes, thank you for sharing this, and warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. Too many people purchase an animal on impulse or for a gift, then they end up abandoning the animal later on. It is very sad. Animals need love, a good home and to be taken care of, and are a lifetime commitment.

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    1. We are definitely on the same page Linda. Thankyou for your comment and a warm welcome to my blog xx

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