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    After reading recent activities on another thread, I feel obligated to write about life in the pound for dumped and stray pets.

    So they arrive at the shelter and are placed in a run about 1.5 mt x 3mt. In this run is often a trampoline bed with a disposable potato sack on a trampoline frame for a bed. There is a water bowl and thats about it.

    If they are lucky, they get a walk once per day.

    Food is generally of pretty ordinary quality and more often than not simply dry.

    Thats it for visual. Audio is another thing altogether.

    The crying, the wailing, the pleading, the depth of depression is horrific. These poor animals shake, go off their food, cower in the corner, show fear aggression etc. It is a very traumatic experience to go inside the pound, especially when it is out of hours to the public and the "private" stuff is going on.

    The effects of life in the pound on a dog post rescued are obvious. He is generally fearful, submissive, somewhat on guard and although grateful for escape, always under the burden of his past. Obsessive behaviours are enhanced and the worst the dog has to offer is on show. This is obvious after just 8 days let alone weeks and weeks.

    Many who place their dogs in kennels for a holiday hate leaving them there, but a good kennel is safe, comfortable, and often stimulating for the dog on holiday. Still, being involved in rescue, I come across many who would not even consider kennelling their dog because of the trauma they experience.

    To place your dog in the pound for a "mini break" is something a responsable owner just wouldn't consider and frankly as a rescue co-ordinator I am just floored that some would consider this an appropriate action to take with regard to their family pet.
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    I look at mine and just think how lost and bereft and terrified they would be, torn from all they know and love.

    I can not fathom at all the thinking process behind the coldness of doing this. The green dream with their owner holding them HAS to be better than that.

    On kennels.

    I put Jodi and Bandit in a new one recently for 5 days. I was happy and grateful they were well looked after and safe.
    They were. They were very well looked after.
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    They had a small space, a small outside grassed area leading to a bigger area for free play.
    They would have hated being so contained but at least I knew they were safe. They loved the woman who ran the place. They were so happy to be taken home.

    Now with my big pen here, daily looking in on and feeding I am soooo happy that they have all the room and what they are used to for our upcoming trip away.
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    It is horrific for anyone to consider this for their baby. To claim to love your pet and then just dump them in that environment is unspeakable.
    I have recently started working with the pound puppies here and the things those poor dogs have to go through is horrid.
    Thank you Pei for this enlightening post, I do not think most people would know just how hard it is for them.

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    I have never had to leave my dogs at a kennel for any reason and hope I never will. I certainly wouldn't be able to enjoy a holiday if I knew my babies were miserable.

    Just the thought of taking my dog into a shelter and seeing the confusion and fear on her face as she tries to get away from the person leading her away, desperately trying to get back to me before I walk out the gate, then laying scared, cold and lonely in a concrete cell with no understanding of what has happened........

    There is no way I could ever do this, I turn into a sobbing mess at the thought of it.

    How can people be so cold

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    Some people too will talk themselves into any justification and feel righteous about dumping a supposed loved pet when it gets too hard.
    The cold realities however, regarding the added emotional damage to the animal is also justified in their minds...or they don't think of that at all.

    Some people should be banned from ever owning them IMO.

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    We have always had rescue pets. It is so hard choosing one when you have so many cute little faces saying "Pick me! Pick me!!" Their whole body droops as you walk away....
    I can't imagine how much worse it would be if it was your beloved owner walking away from you and driving off!!
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    Bailey would never, ever, ever be left at a pound to meet her fate. Cold, lonely and abandoned.....If my circumstances were to change, and I mean dramatically, then Bailey would be PTS. and I would be the one holding her whilst she was given the green needle. It would be my last selfless act to her. She would deserve at least that.

    HOWEVER...... I would do EVERYTHING IN MY POWER! to meet the requirements needed to keep her with me. If it was behavioural or medical issues, I would take out loans or accept free advice left, right and centre....anything to help, even minutely.
    If it was housing circumstances, eg. unable to rent due to having Bails...I would happily live in my car, as long as she was with me.

    Bailey comes before me, always has, always will. She can't make her own decisions or decide her own fate. Her fate is in MY hands!! She is not a disposable item! She is for life!

    FFS people!

    I could never walk away. Could you?

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    This subject is hitting a bit close to home for me

    Obviously my circumstances have changed dramaticly and one factor is going to be housing.
    So if I had to give leo away should I considered a cruel heartless wench?

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    I said DRAMATICALLY Rebec. Your circumstances are dramatic, which is to be expected of course.

    Each to their own. I just couldn't, The law prevents me from doing it anyway.

    I do believe you would do EVERYTHING in your power to find leo a home before giving him up to a pound?! And Im most certain you wouldn't be turning down any advice, guidance or offers of genuine help.

    THAT is the difference.

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    I Agree with Judge, Bec, there is a HUGE difference between rehoming, surrendering to a rescue to dumping in a pound.

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