Dogs teach us so many things, like how to love unconditionally and be loyal. A dog would never leave a member of his pack behind or desert them for any reason. However, some humans don’t think twice about abandoning or euthanizing their pet.
A heartbreaking story surfaced about a man in Indiana that brought his two senior dogs, Cosmo a lab-mix and Sam a pointer, to the vet to be euthanized. Both dogs were happy and healthy. The dogs had lived with the man for 10 years, but he was now abandoning them. The reason he gave was he was moving in with his girlfriend and she was allergic to the dogs. So instead of going to a shelter to surrender the dogs, he thought “convenience euthanasia” was the answer.
Convenience euthanasia is when an owner brings in their healthy pet to be euthanized because they no longer fit in their lives. Penny Emerson, president of Begin Again Rescue Co, told The (Northwest Indiana) Times, “Apparently there was a change in his life plans, and they weren’t a part of that. It was really sad.”
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.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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