I drove a lot this weekend. Which isn't much different from a regular day. But I noticed some things that really pissed me off. There were several dead animals on the side of the road. Not just opossums and other wild animals, but cats and dogs too.
I saw posts from my favorite rescue organization.I'm pretty sure they rescued several of Max's house mates. I adopted Max a month ago from an animal shelter not far from my hometown. He was one of 42 dogs living in a house. He was in really bad shape. Blind in one eye, matted so bad he couldn't use the bathroom, terrified of everything. We thought he may be deaf, but it turns out he just had an infection. Max is fantastic now, still blind in one eye but otherwise gets along great. He doesn't even act like the same dog. I am super happy that max's house mates are finding homes, I am just devastated that there even needs to be am intervention because of hoarding.
I've seen several complaints from people who have neighbors dogs that are destroying things in their yard and bothering their animals. My sister has this problem all the time.
It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that I am a hard core animal lover. When I retire from my day job (which won't be any decade soon) I plan on opening an animal rescue. Which is why I get really mad when I see people doing things that put their animals in danger. I believe there are 3 basic guidelines all pet owners need to follow. If you go by this, there should be no problems with your animals.
This is probably my number one cardinal rule for owning a pet. A pet can't get ran over by a car, stolen, or hurt by someone who doesn't like animals, if you keep the animal in your own yard. This is a pretty big problem in rural areas. I have no idea why people think letting their animals run loose is a good idea. It's not. There are too many ways they can get hurt if you aren't nearby to protect them.
Don't chain your pet up
It seems like the number one thing people say to me when I rant at them for letting their animals run is "well at least I'm not chaining them up. Yes, well good for you, chaining them up is another thing I absolutely hate. Not too long ago a case made the local news of a pair of dogs that were found starved. One had already died and the female was near death. The owners had chained them up and then either left or ignored them. When you chain up your dogs, yes, you keep them from leaving your yard but you also make them helpless when danger comes, and also make it impossible for them to save themselves. Alternatives to this are putting up a fence up or a kennel.
Don't have more animals than you can take care of
If you can't afford to feed an animal don't get it. If you don't have the time to change litter boxes, pet, brush or generally care for your pet, PLEASE don't get one. Its not wrong to know your limit. I know I can't care for more than six cats. I just don't have the space or time to devote to litter boxes for more than that. I know that two small dogs are my limit. I can't handle taking more than that out to use the bathroom. I don't know anyone that can realistically handle 42 dogs (or cats). I know some people who can't handle one pet. Spay and Neuter falls into this category. I get sick to my stomach when I hear people constantly having litter after liter to get rid of.
I shouldn't see dead pets on the side of the road, I shouldn't have to worry about my dogs getting hurt by your dog coming into my yard, and shelters shouldn't be overflowing trying to care for you animals because you had more than you could handle and they were taken from you.