Christmas Campaign 2017: Pets ARE NOT toys, they ARE YOUR FAMILY members

19-12-17

Christmas is here and you want to give that special present to your partner, your mother, father or any other member of your family and you think... Puppies are adorable! They will be the perfect present!

​BIG MISTAKE! 

To start with we need to eradicate from our mind the thought that animals are THINGS that can be bought, given as presents, used and discarded... they are  sentient beings: they suffer, have fun, can be sad or happy... all the feelings that you can experience yoruself, they have then too and we are convinced that none of us would like to be treated as a mere gift, would we?


More than 130,000 dogs and cats are abandoned every year in Spain, a large part of them arrived to their families being a present. When the novelty wears off or when the problems start, since they arrived being "things", as "things" they are left behind. With all the suffering that that implies.  But of course, YOU don't see that suffering because you have gotten rid of it, that suffering is experienced by the thousands of animal shelters that exist for the particular reason that that poor animal was abandoned by you.

When you decide to bring a pet home, it must be a decission of the whole family, it's a decession that must be taken calmly and thinking of all the consequences that it entails. 

You want to give that puppie or that kitte as a present for Christmas with the best of intentions, surely. But maybe the persone receiving that "gift" will not be as happy to receive it because you are committing them to keeping and look after a living creature for many years. 

Any pet will need attention, love, time to spend with them and to walk them, time to train them so behaviour issues don't appear (breaking things, biting, agresivity, constant barking, etc.) and also will need a certain financial stability in the home as it means feeding costs, vaccination, vets care if thre was any accident, kennels if you travel and the pet cannot go with you just to name a few... 

You are not giving an object that when one gets tired of it you can put away, or give away again, you are giving a living creature with all the responsabilities that you force a family to accept? Don't you think that it is too much for a "gift", even if you mean well?

To have a new family member should be decided by the FAMILY, they should choose themselves which animal will fit in their lifestyle or with another family members, they should choose when is the right time to have a new member and decide if they can take on that responsability. This is why DO NOT GIVE PETS AS PRESENTS for Christmas or any other tie of the year because they are not things and because you should never impose such responsability on anyone withour their previous consent.

We are all responsible for the future and the well being of our pets. 

Fecha del evento: 19-12-17


 

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