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Something I found on Craigslist. I know people who think of their dogs like this. I hope none of your are:

 

 

Hello: You have reached ___-____, Tender Hearts Rescue. Due to the

high volume of calls we have been receiving, please listen closely to

the following options and choose the one that best describes you or

your situation:

>

Press 1 if you have a 10-year-old dog and your 15-year-old son has

suddenly become allergic and you need to find the dog a new home

right away.

>

Press 2 if you are moving today and need to immediately place your

150 pound, 8-year-old dog.

>

Press 3 if you have three dogs, had a baby and want to get rid of

your dogs because you are the only person in the world to have a

baby and dogs at the same time.

>

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having

problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

>

Press 5 if your little puppy has grown up and is no longer small and

cute and you want to trade it in for a new model.

 

Press 6 if you want an unpaid volunteer to come to your home TODAY

and pick up the dog you no longer want.

>

Press 7 if you have been feeding and caring for a "stray" for the

last three years, are moving and suddenly determine it's not your

dog.

>

Press 8 if your dog is sick and needs a vet but you need the money

for your vacation.

>

Press 9 if you are elderly and want to adopt a cute puppy who is not

active and is going to outlive you.

>

Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for

their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle.

>

Press 14 if you are calling at 6 a.m. to make sure you wake me up

before I have to go to work so you can drop a dog off on your way

to work.

>

Press 15 to leave us an anonymous garbled message, letting us know

you have left a dog in our yard in the middle of January, which is

in fact, better than just leaving the dog with no message.

>

Press 16 if you are going to get angry because we are not going to

take your dog that you have had for fifteen years, because it is

not our responsibility.

>

Press 17 if you are going to threaten to take your ten year old dog

to be euthanized because I won't take it.

>

Press 18 if you're going to get angry because the volunteers had the

audacity to go on vacation and leave the dogs in care of a trusted

volunteer who is not authorized to take your personal pet.

>

Press 19 if you want one of our PERFECTLY trained, housebroken, kid

and cat friendly purebred dogs that we have an abundance of.

>

Press 20 if you want us to take your dog that has a slight

aggression problem, i.e. has only bitten a few people and killed your

neighbor's cats.

>

Press 21 if you have already called once and been told we don't take

personal surrenders but thought you would get a different person this

time with a different answer.

>

Press 22 if you want us to use space that would go to a stray to

board your personal dog while you are on vacation, free of charge,

of course.

>

Press 23 if it is Christmas Eve or Easter morning and you want me to

deliver an eight week old puppy to your house by 6:30 am before

your kids wake up.

>

Press 24 if you have bought your children a duckling, chick or baby

bunny for Easter and it is now Christmas and no longer cute.

>

Press 25 if you want us to take your female dog who has already had

ten litters, but we can't spay her because she is pregnant again and

it is against your religion.

>

Press 26 if you're lying to make one of our younger volunteers feel

bad and take your personal pet off your hands.

>

Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because

it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility

that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture.

>

Press 28 if your two year old male dog is marking all over your house

but you just haven't gotten around to having him neutered.

>

Press 29 if you previously had an outdoor only dog and are calling

because she is suddenly pregnant.

>

Press 30 if you have done "everything" to housebreak your dog and

have had no success but you don't want to crate the dog because it

is cruel.

>

Press 31 if you didn't listen to the message asking for an evening

phone number and you left your work number when all volunteers are

also working and you are angry because no one called you back.

>

Press 32 if you need a puppy immediately and cannot wait because

today is your daughter's birthday and you forgot when she was born.

>

Press 33 if your dog's coat doesn't match your new furniture and you

need a different color or breed.

>

Press 34 if your new love doesn't like your dog and you are too

stupid to get rid of the new friend (who will dump you in the next

month anyway) instead of the dog.

>

Press 35 if you went through all these 'options' and didn't hear

enough. This press will connect you to the sounds of tears being

shed by one of our volunteers who is holding a discarded old dog

while the vet mercifully frees him from the grief of missing his

family.

 

http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/njy/1284564684.html

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Totally posted this in the wrong forum. My bad.

 

And it's now in the right one. Thanks mods!

Edited by orinjuse

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"Press 27 if your cat is biting and not using the litter box because

it is declawed, but you are not willing to accept the responsibility

that the cat's behavior is altered because of your nice furniture."

 

Posted Image

 

This is made even worse by the fact that declawing involves removing a bone in the cat's paws, which leads to pain because they walk on their toes.

 

I cannot stand people who blame and get mad at animals, unable to see that it is their own fault.

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It is absolutely heartbreaking. I can understand some situations where you have no choice but to rehome your pet. I just wish people could be more understanding/forgiving of pets.

 

The amount of advertisements I've seen on pet websites - no longer have the time....even people offering to trade their dogs for horses, horse gear or PC games wtf

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It is crazy how many people dump there cats in the hinterland my mate left his car window cracked accidently whenhe went camping and had 20 cats in it when he woke up, FFS you don't just dump an animal.

 

This one shits me the most

 

Press 4 if you just got a brand new puppy and your old dog is having

problems adjusting so you want to get rid of the old one right away.

 

he's being agressive of course he is that dog is on his patch and he will need time to adjust.

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I had 25 happen on me once when an owner brought in their sick pug. I said 'I think she's pregnant' and then a puppy rolled out of her.

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I had 25 happen on me once when an owner brought in their sick pug. I said 'I think she's pregnant' and then a puppy rolled out of her.

Lol. The image in my head is gold.

 

And trade animals for games eh... I should carry a nice big bag with me on my next walk. Catch me some nice Crysis copies.

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i was wholly sympathetic, but then smarmy repetition and comments like this started to get to me:

 

"Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for

their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle."

 

piss off, you sanctimonious fuckstain. if that happened to me, i would probably get rid of the dog. i am not in a position to look after an elderly dog properly, and whats more, i just dont want to. shove it up your arse.

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i was wholly sympathetic, but then smarmy repetition and comments like this started to get to me:

 

"Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for

their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle."

 

piss off, you sanctimonious fuckstain. if that happened to me, i would probably get rid of the dog. i am not in a position to look after an elderly dog properly, and whats more, i just dont want to. shove it up your arse.

I agree. I rent and I am not aloud to have pet's.

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I gots me a new pup from the animal refuge on Monday

well, actually, I got it for Firminius (for his birthday)

she is 7 months old (and possibly preggers so I am told) and the most beautifully natured boxer/staffy X

the little scamp is a houdini, dug holes under the gates already and chewed thru her lead!

but loveable :D

surrendered coz her owner is off to the army I was told

 

 

and the week before that, I was given a 7 week old purebred, chocolate-point ragdoll kitty

cuteness on a stick! The two of them are the best of mates already

 

the older cats have yet to adjust to the newcomers tho - comical at times hehe

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Press * and # simultaneously if you want to volunteer at an animal shelter, and think it's all sunshine and puppy hugging.

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I gots me a new pup from the animal refuge on Monday

well, actually, I got it for Firminius (for his birthday)

she is 7 months old (and possibly preggers so I am told) and the most beautifully natured boxer/staffy X

the little scamp is a houdini, dug holes under the gates already and chewed thru her lead!

but loveable :D

surrendered coz her owner is off to the army I was told

 

 

and the week before that, I was given a 7 week old purebred, chocolate-point ragdoll kitty

cuteness on a stick! The two of them are the best of mates already

 

the older cats have yet to adjust to the newcomers tho - comical at times hehe

Houdini alright our staffy X climbs fences we had to build a cage to keep her locked up worked out how to get through her collar too.

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My staffy learnt that the steak, toes and tummy rubs are at home, so just stopped escaping.

 

Seriously, toes are where she's at. She just licks them. But she licks them a lot

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i was wholly sympathetic, but then smarmy repetition and comments like this started to get to me:

 

"Press 10 if your relative has died and you don't want to care for

their elderly dog because it doesn't fit your lifestyle."

Dude's obviously got a pretty well-earned chip on his shoulder... the rest of em seemed fair enough, but that one's really pushing it too far

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Seriously, if you're volunteering at an animal/dog rescue place, are you expecting purely noble reasons for people abandoning their animals? Isn't this what you're going out of your way to volunteer to deal with?

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I don't think there's anything wrong with the volunteers comments. It's just a criticism of people, if people are thoughtless and self important and someone makes comment on it, well it's just the truth.

 

No one who works with animals has expectations of people's capabilities. They are generally very logical thinkers and usually keep their opinions to their selves so they can get on with their work and in profitable sectors maintain business.

 

You think animals are the clientele but the industry is more about negotiating how to deal with people than animals. A rescue worker does their job to the best of their abilities to the workload they can manage. Getting upset about it is like trying to expect people to bother working out how to use their computers or knowing how not to panic in an emergency. There's nothing wrong with having a little rant about it privately, and in some cases people need to be told just what they're doing.

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Seriously, if you're volunteering at an animal/dog rescue place, are you expecting purely noble reasons for people abandoning their animals? Isn't this what you're going out of your way to volunteer to deal with?

There's knowing the path, and walking the path; the most accurate anticipation in the world is nothing but a vague shadow next to an actual experience.

 

Seems pretty likely to me that plenty of such folks would consider themselves prepared to deal with many examples of cruelty, and find a year or two later that people are far worse than they imagined, and/or it affects them far more than they imagined. I wouldn't be surprised if it's quite common to suffer a long term build-up of impotent rage with no easy release.

 

I don't think you can smugly assume that people (while being irrational and stupid enough to treat animals so poorly) are blessed with enough self-knowledge and perfect foresight to know what they can handle in advance. That's the sort infuriatingly stupid idealism you see in the religion of economists, where everybody's a rational agent magically pursuing their own self interest.

 

And in the unspoken attitudes of talkback radio, where people get off on hanging shit on the less fortunate while taking their own circumstances for granted.

 

Your disingenuous hindsight is cheap.

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Seriously, if you're volunteering at an animal/dog rescue place, are you expecting purely noble reasons for people abandoning their animals? Isn't this what you're going out of your way to volunteer to deal with?

There's knowing the path, and walking the path; the most accurate anticipation in the world is nothing but a vague shadow next to an actual experience.

 

Seems pretty likely to me that plenty of such folks would consider themselves prepared to deal with many examples of cruelty, and find a year or two later that people are far worse than they imagined, and/or it affects them far more than they imagined. I wouldn't be surprised if it's quite common to suffer a long term build-up of impotent rage with no easy release.

 

I don't think you can smugly assume that people (while being irrational and stupid enough to treat animals so poorly) are blessed with enough self-knowledge and perfect foresight to know what they can handle in advance. That's the sort infuriatingly stupid idealism you see in the religion of economists, where everybody's a rational agent magically pursuing their own self interest.

 

And in the unspoken attitudes of talkback radio, where people get off on hanging shit on the less fortunate while taking their own circumstances for granted.

 

Your disingenuous hindsight is cheap.

 

quality post right there, Kimmo :)

 

as for the comment of his/hers that i objected to before, i do understand their motivation and agree with your assessment. its the kind of thing i would let slide in person. but damnit its the internet, and i'm gonna have my whinge!

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