I've been looking online at the 1000's of cats, and dogs that have landed in shelters and it just boggles my mind that there are so many older, mature animals who've basically become homeless. You can see the bewilderment, fear in their photos.
It crushes me that there are so many people who just walk away from a pet. Sure there are a few good excuses, you died, or ended up homeless yourself, but I can't imagine ever handing a pet over to the pound or abandoning it under any circumstance.
I would find a way to keep it, somehow, and if I were dying, I'd make arrangements for my pets to have a home even if it meant my kids wouldn't get squat from my modest estate. (Do I even have an estate?)
I won't be able to adopt until sometime this Fall, as we are on the road much of this year, and I cant see leaving a newly adopted animal with a sitter so soon. Some cats are pretty independent and can get along OK for 2 days or so, but many, that have health issues or special feeding requirements shouldn't be left to fend for themselves.
Dogs just cant so that, either, so if we adopt a dog, it either goes with us or has to stay with caring people. I don't trust most boarding places, and they often are the source of contagious diseases. So if we do get a pooch, it's a different level of comittment, plus I have never heard of a litter box trained dog...😉
Years ago, I had dogs, and being a self employed hippie, my dog went to work with me and everywhere else. Plus I had parents that loved dogs. Cats may be a little easier in some ways, but have their own issues, and many of them get lonely, just like dogs.
But those shelter animals...dam, if I could adopt 10 of them, I would do it. I 'd love to be able to take in all the older ones, who are the least likely to find a new home. They deserve better than they often get.