The Halifax News Net Paper was thrown in front of my house today and since I love to read flyers I opened it up tonight while I was watching the television - and the above page opened up on page 3.
How unfortunate for the average pet owner to be reading SUCH a mixed message. The article at the top - telling people NOT to get their pet at Christmas time - from a rescue that I actually highly respect and do a ton of volunteer work with - and who was just emailing back and forth with today about this very subject - and then the article below it from the NS SPCA with their highly progressive article - and the philosophy that I also personally believe in - and what is the philosophy that is actually putting animals in homes where they stay in for their whole lives - because one would assume that adoption policies are the same at Christmas time as they are at any other time of year - so why would animals go to homes where they're going to be returned at Christmas if all the dots and t's haven't been crossed?
No animal should ever be given as a gift - but if I personally was going to be looking for an animal - I'd wait until Christmas to get them - because I'm going to be off and I'd have a chunk of time to integrate them into the family - in fact - I got one of my best dogs - Charlie's sister Leonard - 4 days before Christmas - at a very LOVELY back yard breeder - because no one else would give us a puppy!
We got lucky and Leonard was healthy - and 2 1/2 months later we got her biological brother Charlie at the SPCA - but we were exactly the same owners - at Christmas, and then in February. Why would we have been turned down on December 21st at the SPCA? It doesn't make any sense.
I'm SO glad that policies have changed at the NS SPCA since then - it's too bad that other rescues haven't followed suit - yet. Bide A-While and SHAID in Bridgewater are still miles behind. It's too bad. And it seems like some others also have a way to go too.