Are there charities to help pet owners in need?
January 4, 2014 9:29 AM Subscribe
Are there charities to help pet owners in need? I came across a Craigslist ad that really bummed me out.
posted by mermily to Pets & Animals (14 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
So, I was poking around the "free stuff" section of Craigslist looking for a compost bin, and I came across a post that said, "free dog" which seemed like a sort of weirdly sparse headline so I clicked on it and read this lady's pitch to send her dog to a better home which made me so. sad. Basically, there was this picture of this little dog, which I gather from the description is apparently sort of grumpy and old and she had written in a sort of earnest way that she'd fallen on hard times and couldn't afford to pay for dog food and shots anymore. She had this list of requirements for the nice home she wanted for her dog. She'd posted it on the day after Christmas. I sent her a message to tell her that her post had really bummed me out and just wondering if she had found a home for her dog. She said that she hadn't, and told me that she's a really sweet and loving dog but if I wanted to adopt her she needed to have "Little Bites" dog food because before she got her she had formerly been a breeder and lost some of her teeth trying to chew herself out of her kennel(!) At this point I felt like I was watching the sad parts of Milo and Otis or something.
Anyway, it seemed pretty clear that the little dog already had a loving home and I wanted to see if there were any resources for pet owners that were going through hard times. I used to volunteer at a food pantry and I remember people coming in talking about feeding their cats cornflakes, and I remembered wondering, is there assistance for pet owners? If I could I would just send her a $300 gift certificate to Pet Co but 1. I don't have $300 and 2. People would probably rightly be a little suspicious of a stranger on the internet giving them $300. I think I would be suspicious of me too. But anyway, is there anything you can do in this situation?