“Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.”
Many can remember Bob Barker giving us that reminder just before signing off on each episode of The Price Is Right. To me, the line is almost as famous as the Big Wheel and other games of chance featured on the daytime television game show.
The words got me thinking about discussions city leaders are having about pet problems in Brazil. Whether the problem is animal abuse, neglect or over population, they all have one thing in common: us.
People adopt, purchase and even finance their pets. Most all us have good intentions to love and take care of our animals, but intentions aren’t qualifiers to being a good pet owner.
Can you afford its food, healthcare and shelter? Can you devote enough time to it? Even if the answer is maybe, you should carefully consider saying no.
I would never deter anyone from giving an animal a home, especially those pets left homeless by others. But if you don’t carefully consider whether or not you can give it a good home, then you’re part of the problem.
Don’t leave a pet’s life up to a game of chance.