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    Miriam YardenThere Is No Good Excuse -- EVER! - For Abandoning A Dog Or Cat

    by Contributing Editor C. Miriam Yarden, B.Sc., MS, APDT

    (March 19, 2009) -- There are many different and inventive excuses owners offer for abandoning their companions, whether in pounds, shelters, give them "free to good home" or turning them loose on the street (which is against the law) in the mistaken belief that they will find a home, or simply leaving them behind without food, water or notifying anyone to come and get them.

    To understand how ridiculous and cruel these excuses are, let us substitute the word "child" for dog or cat. Suppose someone wanted to abandon or drop off a child - how reasonable would these excuses sound?

    • He doesn't get along with our other children.

    • This child pees on the rug.

    • This child is vicious.

    • I can't get any sleep - this child whines all night.

    • My husband got a new job out of town and we are relocating to s smaller place and we won't have enough room for this child.

    • He is a good looking boy - I'm sure he'll find another home.

    • I didn't realize how expensive this child can be.

    • This child refuses to take a bath.

    • After careful consideration I decided that I'm really not ready for this child after all.

    • My other kids have gone off to college and I never really wanted this child to begin with.

    • My child tracks dirt into the house.

    • This is not an outdoor child - he is always making noises at the window/door to come in and be with me.

    • My new girlfriend/boyfriend doesn't like children.

    • My child digs holes in the back yard.


    We are moving and the new place doesn't allow children.


    Ms. Yarden and welcome your comments in response to this perspective piece. Please include your name, your general part of town, and a telpehone number [not for publication] so we can reach you.

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