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homes cool Due August 1; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 61627 posts
26th Feb '13
Quoting MyloveZoZo:" I couldn't imagine. Especially having children that are attached to the pet. It has to be very hard. But you made that tough decision for the best of your family. The sad thing is many people don't. "


My daughter still talks about it. We had a "goodbye party" for him, and the new family came over so my daughter could meet them. There were a lot of tears. She still talks about when "Wyatt walked with the rope to his new car." Sad stuff.



We did finally get another dog (well after DH got another job, of course. Almost two years later..) and some of that pain has gone away. I'm not sure I'll ever really forgive myself though. I still wish things could have been different.



This was them at our goodbye party.
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Kaleighshaleigh 3 kids; USA 6405 posts
26th Feb '13

I'm so sorry! I know that must have been terrible.

That's Ohio 624 posts
26th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting grace life:</b>" My daughter still talks about it. We had a "goodbye party" for him, and the new family came over so ... [snip!] ... I'll ever really forgive myself though. I still wish things could have been different. This was them at our goodbye party. "</blockquote>




I am sorry you had to do that. It must have been so tough on all of you. Your daughter is beautiful.

Redneck Mamma North Carolina 8746 posts
27th Feb '13

There are animals in shelters right now and the shelters are begging for donations to keep the pets in their shelters fed. If anybody deserves private doantions to help pets it should be the shelters.

Brookie99 1 child; Fort McMurray, Alberta 1126 posts
27th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting redneck mamma:</b>" There are animals in shelters right now and the shelters are begging for donations to keep the pets in their shelters fed. If anybody deserves private doantions to help pets it should be the shelters."</blockquote>




Totally agree! The SPCA here is a no kill shelter and because of a lack of donations they have had to send dogs and cats to the nearest SPCA that is a kill shelter. I always donate what I can to them and go walk dogs and clean cages. To me that's a way better way to have my donations used.

Bangtail 50 kids; Katy, Texas 7752 posts
27th Feb '13
Quoting redneck mamma:" There are animals in shelters right now and the shelters are begging for donations to keep the pets in their shelters fed. If anybody deserves private doantions to help pets it should be the shelters."


Private programs like this may keep more animals from ending up in shelters, where they will likely be killed because people don't often adopt older dogs and certain breeds.



I don't see a big difference between donating food/money to help a family pet and donating food/money to the local shelter. Either way, someone else is funding someone else's pet.

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25371 posts
27th Feb '13

I'm for it... simply because it's donation based and not government money. I like that it's temporary. Sometimes people own pets before they lose their jobs or fall on hard times, and they deserve to be fed too.... :?

NICKEL☮POLIS 2 kids; Ontario 6268 posts
27th Feb '13
Quoting ♫♥♬:" Are you for it or against it?? http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/02/food-stamps-for-pets/"


I'm not American, but I think it's a wonderful idea. Pets deserve to eat just as much as humans do.

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42788 posts
27th Feb '13

Private donations and charities can do what they wish. I think it's wonderful they try to help struggling families keep their pets while they're trying to get on their feet.

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42788 posts
27th Feb '13

I wonder if the people who are so against this and think you should get rid of pets if you fall on hard times realize that that course of action dumps animals into overcrowded shelters which DO receive state gov aid (at best) or, in worse cases, lead to abandoned animals that either get picked up by animal control (a state resource) or die and need to get cleaned by sanitation workers ( state employees).



Seems pretty asinine to me to be outraged over private funding in preference of sadder circumstances that DO use taxpayer money....

user banned 1 child; Nunya, CA, United States 6369 posts
27th Feb '13
Quoting Supafly★:" Are you serious? [Not you, OP but in general]. There are a ton of hungry kids out there that either don't qualify or can't get on food stamps and they want to start giving them to dogs? "


Exactly this.



EDIT: If the resources are private, then I'm all for it...BUT...I wouldn't feed a hungry pet before I fed a hungry child (or any human, for that matter).

Vivialopod 2 kids; Vantaa, Finland 42788 posts
27th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting grace life:</b>" My daughter still talks about it. We had a "goodbye party" for him, and the new family came over so ... [snip!] ... I'll ever really forgive myself though. I still wish things could have been different. This was them at our goodbye party. "</blockquote>



That's so sad :( i think you handled it well for your kids thhigh



Two years ago i lost my job and got evicted. A coworker at my new job offered to foster my two cats while i got on my feet. He got fired and disappeared... with my cats :( i don't know what happened to them. It was awful and my daughter still asks when we can go pick them up.

Angel [Mariah's Mommy] 1 child; Indianapolis, Indiana 18065 posts
27th Feb '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting 8 til Gwen:</b>" I wonder if the people who are so against this and think you should get rid of pets if you fall on hard ... [snip!] ... pretty asinine to me to be outraged over private funding in preference of sadder circumstances that DO use taxpayer money...."</blockquote>



:!:

homes cool Due August 1; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 61627 posts
27th Feb '13
Quoting 8 til Gwen:" <blockquote><b>Quoting grace life:</b>" My daughter still talks about it. We had ... [snip!] ... with my cats :( i don't know what happened to them. It was awful and my daughter still asks when we can go pick them up."


Thank you for the compliment on how I handled it, she took it well. She tells Broly (our dog now) stories about her old dog Wyatt :)



And that is so awful. I'm sorry.

Ellie. 34 kids; Arizona 25371 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting ~Julie Blue Eyes~:" Exactly this. EDIT: If the resources are private, then I'm all for it...BUT...I wouldn't feed a hungry pet before I fed a hungry child (or any human, for that matter)."


So do it then.... donate and help needy children. That's the way you want to help, then help. However, there are many people out there who only have pets and dont understand the plight of needy children and families. They choose to donate towards animals.