When we think of dogs we think of things like loyalty, unconditional love, obedience, and family. So, why is it, some humans think of dogs as disposable items!
To some humans a dog is like a car, something you get, use, maybe enjoy? Then dispose of when its usefulness as run out.
A dog would never intentionally leave you behind, never dispose of you, a dog would remain loyal to the end, but unfortunately, this is not so of some humans.
Recently a story surfaced of an Indiana man who brought his two dogs, Cosmo, a labrador mix and Sam a pointer to be put down. But get this, both dogs were perfectly healthy examples of their breeds.
They had live with this man for over 10 years, he wasn’t going to abandon them, he was going to euthanize them because he was moving in with his girlfriend. She was allergic to dogs!
So instead of trying to rehome them, instead of taking them to a shelter, convenience euthanasia was to him, the only option!
The phrase, convenience euthanasia is about one thing, and one thing only! It’s about putting down your pet because your pet no longer fits your lifestyle.
For this man his plans had changed, so his dogs no longer fit his plans. Bye-bye dogs!
Thankfully, the vet and staff did not euthanize Cosmo or Sam. “None of us want to end a pet’s life unless it is to prevent suffering,” stated the vet. Instead they reached out to Begin Again Rescue who took the dogs in and put them up for adoption. Since the senior pair were bonded, it was difficult to find a forever home.
Peoples Animal Welfare Society in Tinley Park, Illinois stepped up to take in the bonded seniors and find them a loving family. Eric and Tiffany Dybas recently lost their beloved dog and heard Cosmo and Sam’s story. They instantly fell in love with the seniors and decided to adopt them.
Cosmo and Sam are loving their new home and are spoiled by their new family. They sleep in bed each night with their parents and have a large yard to play in.
Convenience euthanasia requests have declined over the years, as more people are seeing their pets as family members and not property. “The reasons pet owners have given for ‘convenience euthanasia’ include moving, getting new furniture, shedding, divorce, job loss, property damage or the owners not wanting the responsibilities that come with pet ownership,” states veterinarian Dr. Matt Cantrell.
Cantrell also stated that many vets intervene and contact a rescue or shelter to take in the unwanted pets. If you can no longer care for your pet, please contact your local shelter or rescue. All animals deserve to find a loving home.