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  1. Samara White Samara White says:

    What do you think about people adopting children? Or what if you have pets, have a child and your child turns out to be allergic to the pet. Do you sit back and watch your child suffer? Which do you give up the child or the animal?

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  2. Places that actually accept pet are very far and few(if not costing an arm and a leg for rent). I am sure that majority of us try to look for rentals that accept pets.

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      If your place of residence is not stable enough that you think you may move during your pets lifetime and not be able to find a rental to accommodate them then don’t get a pet. That’s what he or she is saying. A pet is a lifetime responsibility. Make sure your life is stable and your finances are stable enough to get a pet before getting one. I feel the only acceptable reasons to rehome are a new baby is very allergic or the pet is showing severe aggression and there are children in the home. Anything else is taking the easy way out and giving up the responsibility you took on for a living creature.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

      Absolutely she is. If she can guarantee the next 15 years of her life and every one around her….she’s also a fool.

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    • Cee Dee Hawn I totally agree! Nobody can predict what’s going to happen in the next 15 years! That’s just crazy!

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    • Cee Dee Hawn I totally agree! Nobody can predict what’s going to happen in the next 15 years! That’s just crazy!

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    • I have lived in multiple rentals over my life (recently too) and all of them just required a small pet deposit, around $200-$300. The rent wasn’t higher due to pets, there was just a deposit for it.

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    • Yes it’s a deposit for your pets but for people that do move around it become quite an expense. My animals have never done damage to any rentals, and I have never received my “deposit” back. As well as other properties trying to charge the deposit and a monthly fee; which is suppose to be 1 or the other. This is always a big debate between people, I think as long as people are not neglecting the animal, and they are fixed and up to date with the vaccinations; then who is anyone to shame others for their decisions regarding their pet.

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    • Ashley Cragg Ashley Cragg says:

      Obviously shit happens but people who are renting and moving 3 times a year and don’t have a steady career probably aren’t ready for an animal. If pet friendly rentals are so hard to come by you have to rehome your pet then wait until you own. Or be prepared to tough it out and plan ahead to wait for a rental that allows pets. If you are in a new relationship and a new rental or just started a new job it’s probably not the best time to get a pet. No you don’t have to be able to predict the next 15 years. But stability wise there’s a big difference between renting and living pay cheque to paycheque and in and out of unstable relationships and being a stable family with stable income in a stable residence.

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    • Lol not every family is stable, my spouse is a sub-contractor, makes great money; but it’s also not stable. Also I’m tried of hear the “when you decide to buy” what if I don’t ever want to purchase my own home? How do I know my landlord/property owner will remain stable? I have had 3 different long termed rentals be put up for sale, the new owners said no pets, so am I in the wrong for having to move? Your just another judgement person in the world with their eyes closed, trying to be boss of everyone else and obviously ok with shaming others.

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  3. Aaron Frank Aaron Frank says:

    Lol anyone getting sour over this shouldn’t own an animal.

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  4. I have pets but if it came to having a roof over my children’s heads or the pets we would have to get rid of the pets.

    I almost had to give my elder cat up due to the fact that if I move a far distance she won’t be able to do the trip. A 5 min drive across town is bad enough for her.

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  5. Get over yourself. I’m helping my friends rehome their cat because they’re moving out of country and the amount of hate is insane. Also pet friendly places aren’t as easy to come by and when they are the restrictions and fees are insane

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    • Tricia Lyn Tricia Lyn says:

      There are ways to travel out of country with pets, big or small and the costs are not that bad. I believe every country allows cats within minimal restrictions. When you say fees are insane-well, so are vet bills. So if you’re friend won’t pay the fees to move then what would happen if the cat was injured or sick? Just get rid of it or throw it away? I’m glad your finding the cat a new home, the cat deserves a better forever home. No offence to you but shame on your friend.

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    • Well for 1 they don’t even have a place yet they’re staying in her boyfriends semi until they secure a place. Sorry I’m not a shamer to anyone for any reason

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    • Tricia Lyn Yeah the quarantine times could be as long as a year for some countries. What is better? Having an animal live behind bars for a year, stressed out, sometimes abandoned, sedated to help with the anxiety of travel, or rehomed in the local area, stressed out for only the time of readjustment and possibly never have to go through that trauma.
      We are getting parasites brought into the local community that isn’t native here because people think it’s great to bring animals from/to who knows where. Because of this we have to watch what we treat these foreign bodies with so that we don’t accidentally kill our pets because the local pet shop has no clue what they are selling you, or out and out lying to you.
      As for the injured or sick, if the vet bill is as high as some of the fees, the vet would be offering euthanasia as an alternative.

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  6. Situations change, you all talk like this is a child you are giving up! A dog is not a child. Not sure when this all changed but it’s a dog! Go ahead you will all bitch at me but if I can’t keep an animal for some reason I’m not going to let anyone make me feel like I’m the worst person in the world for finding a new home for it.

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    • You know how much hate I’m getting for trying to help rehome my friends cat? It’s insane! I’m risking my home that doesn’t allow cats or dogs to help someone put and the amount of hate I get is insane!

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    • Leslie Ann Tipton I know! I’m so dam sick of seeing people get attacked for trying to find a good home for an animal.

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    • Laurie Wiebe Miner I got called a “piece of shit” “heartless” that I shouldn’t ever own animals because I “throw them away” even though it’s not even my cat…

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    • When you realize your animal could have a better life with someone else, why not try. Selfish to keep em if someone else can love them.

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    • Those people are called trolls and they shouldn’t be allowed to own an animal either.

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    • I totally agree! While pets become a part of the family, are amazing and wonderful to have in your life, it’s not the same as a child. It just isn’t. Your pet will pass one day and you’re sad and it’s hard. A child passes? That is an unimaginable loss tha tpeople don’t recover from. Animals deserve to be loved and treated with kindness. But guess what? Life changes.

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    • I totally disagree. I am in my mid 30’s and my dog is my child and I will go to the ends of the earth for him. This has included moving across the country with him, paying $10,000 for a surgery for him, scouring the city for dog friendly rentals (they are out there) in the days prior to buying a home. And when the day does come that my baby passes, it will be more then sad and hard – as mentioned above. It will be devastating, I will lose a piece of me and a chapter in my life will be over.
      And yes, life changes – that is why you don’t get a pet without realizing that they are major commitments and you will have to forgo things to do right by your new family member. This is the difference between those that have pets and those that have furry family members.

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    • I’m sorry that you guys have had to put all your love, money, and all your energy into a pet instead of a person. Yes they are cute and affectionate but they are still not a child. I could argue this point for days but some people have different priorities, and an animal to me is exactly that, a pet.

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  7. Only acceptable excuse to abandon an animal is a terminal illness. Lived in 5 provinces, renting, and managed to move a large dog, 2 cats and a rabbit. Some people are just assholes.

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    • Melissa Lee Melissa Lee says:

      There’s a difference between rehoming and abandoning. And there are various reasons why people choose/need to. Also, some people find out that someone in their home has a severe allergy. That’s not an acceptable reason to you? Are those people assholes?

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    • Do you even know the difference between abandoning and rehoming Melissa? It must be nice to be so perfect congrats

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    • I agree with you Melissa #1 there should be no excuse to give up a pet. If you are not stable don’t get a pet…when you take that animal into your home you are dedicated to it for 15+ years. People need to take this into consideration when spur of the moment getting pets! Have a Happy Sunday.

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    • Melissa Lee Melissa Lee says:

      Leslie Ann Tipton I do know the difference. Never said anything about being perfect, so no idea where that came from. I’m not disagreeing with the fact that a lot of people don’t have a good reason for not keeping their animals, but obviously there are going to be some exceptions.

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    • Melissa L. Colbourne so I am an asshole because I moved to take care of my elderly mother and her husband will not allow my dog to stay? I should have told my mother sorry I can’t come take care of you because my dog is not allowed? Very few people that are forced to rehome do so lightly. Get off your judgemental high horse.

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    • Not you melissa Lee the commenter

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    • Melissa Lee Melissa Lee says:

      Leslie Ann Tipton oh geeze. Sorry. I was totally wondering where the hostility was coming from!

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    • Lol its all good Melissa Lee

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    • Annette Wood Annette Wood says:

      Michelle Williamson so you are doing something wonderful and helping your mother and you can’t bring your dog? Shame

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  8. Tricia Lyn Tricia Lyn says:

    Agree to an extent. If children are involved then I think it’s a different story but when it comes to finding an apartment or somewhere to live then people should not get rid of their pets just because of pet deposit or higher rent. When we moved our landlord excepted pets but we had to pay an extra $50 a month or $600 for the full year. We weren’t getting rid of our furbaby, he’s a member of the family and we love him so we did what we had to do to make the extra money. Every situation is different but in most cases it’s just an excuse.

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  9. Cee Dee Hawn Cee Dee Hawn says:

    Lol, your simple.

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  10. I couldn’t agree more. I’m sad everything is disposable, including pets, people and everything else. Where are peoples’ souls?

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  11. It would be nice if Alberta had the same law in regards to pets that British Columbia has inso that a potential landlord or apartment building cannot discriminate against a potential tenant based on the fact that they have animals. Looking for a pet friendly place is so difficult. I think that there are situations in which rehoming is considered to be the best available option. I do wish though that people would put a lot of thought into pets before bringing them into their lives.

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  12. Rehoming a beloved pet was one of the hardest decisions I ever had to make. I had taken him in when nobody else wanted him (a beautiful parrot), but failed to do proper research before doing so. I did everything I could to make him happy, he had the best food, cage, life – but it wasn’t enough and I knew in order for him to have a happy life, he needed to go to someone who could properly care for him. The day I said goodbye was one of the worst days of my life, but he went to a new home with lots of other parrot friends. So, before judging people on why they have to give away their pets – make sure you know the reasons why.

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  13. Moving is the lamest excuse. I had my first dog for 12 years before he passed away. I always found a dog friendly place, if it wasn’t, then I wasn’t living there!

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  14. Marie Krista Marie Krista says:

    Yes but this is much like relationships. They are seeming more and more disposable. Just shows the mentality of people now a days!!!

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  15. Win Chan Win Chan says:

    We could never give up our dog. After a while you are your pet’s life and love. Everyone’s situation is different, but what makes me cringe is the people who clearly are terrible with money and planning to make time to care for their pets. They don’t even have the capacity to property care for them and they are the ones who suffer.

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  16. Gayle Jung Gayle Jung says:

    Pets are a responsibility that shouldn’t be taken lightly. I’ve had my cat for 15 yrs and it can be challenging to find affordable housing that accepts pets. But I’ve been lucky to have family, who watch her, while I looked for a place. And yes, there are ignorant people who don’t care/value a pets life or emotional health. But Not everyone has adequate support systems.
    And people who part with pets due to life changes, shouldn’t be judged harshly. There are people who give up their kids (willingly) into foster care because of circumstances. People who put their babies up for adoption and family who take in kids, because the parent(s) are unfit or have financial issues. All for hopes that the child will have a better future. These are heavy decisions that don’t deserve judgement from strangers.

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  17. We live in a society where everything is disposable do us a favour if you can’t commit to a pet please don’t have children

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  18. Its circumstancial. When my parents moved to alberta from nova scotia, they had to rehome their beloved dog. If i remember correctly, he was some sort of mixed breed, roughly 70lbs.
    They didnt rehome him because they didnt like him. Because my dad was posted here and we were going to be living in PMQs, we werent allowed a dog more than 10lbs. Which was utter bullshit because there were people who had freaking great danes. Its not always easy for the family either. Stop being so quick to judge.

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  19. Filthy inbred welfare pigs.

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  20. Couldn’t agree more!

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  21. I’ve never had to rehome an animal. When it came to me and my pet I did everything I could to give it the best life possible because it was family and I loved my boy till the day he died. But sometimes with something you love, people have to make the heartbreaking decision that the best provider for their pet isn’t them. I have totally seen people treat pets as a convenience. But I have also seen people’s lives fall apart because shit happens. Some people love their pet enough to find it a better home than they’re capable of giving it at that time.

    People are so damn judgemental when it comes to animals. Once I made the mistake of turning to the internet for advice on living with an roommate’s unruly kitten. I never wanted to abandon the animal because my friend loved it. I just wanted tips on improving it’s destructive behaviours (destroying my furniture, keeping me up all night, destroying my school projects). It absolutely stunk up the apartment because it always smelt of farts. It was never a pet that was agreed upon, it was brought home one day. It got to the point where I would come home and lock myself in my room just to get away from him (that and if it got into my room it would damage my things). Internet’s really angry response? I should move. I shouldn’t be entitled to access to MY home because it was the cat’s home now. Unless you gush over everything a fur baby is doing you must be an asshole.

    You can be totally reasonable in asking for assistance with your animal situation but unless the situation is 100% positive the internet will be ready to rip you a new orifice.

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  22. Gab Faith Gab Faith says:

    These posts are annoying …. go journal about this no one actually gives a shit about ur pet opinions…. fack

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  23. Well said! Pets are for LIFE

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  24. People can get allergy shots if they really wanted a pet. The “wife is pregnant” excuse is such bullshit though… shows ignorance.. however… I do sympathize with people who are moving as many landlords don’t allow pets but do allow kids, so that can be hard. The sad thing is that many “free to good home” pets do not go to good homes – a good home would have adopted from the Humane Society.

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    • So because I may chose to take someone’s pet that they need to rehome rather they paying 200 or more from the SPA makes my place a bad home…..bullshit logic! And not all people can get allergy shots…..that comment shows ignorance

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  25. I couldn’t agree more. I just paid a $1300 vet bill for a dog that isn’t even mine. It just broke my heart too much to see her so sick and in such pain. She deserves better 🙁

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  26. Maybe they can’t care for the animals anymore…. not fair to the animals to be neglected either. It’s when they leave them by the side of the road that infuriates me.

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  27. I have pets, 3 dogs that I’ve had all their lives (11, 11 and 10) and I’ve had numerous cats that have come and gone. I love all my creatures and just spend $800 for my dogs second surgery. I had two cats, one had a $500 bill to fix his dislocated hip but when I moved, I rehomed him along with my other cat! Love both and miss both but it was what was best for them.

    However, this is me, not anyone else. So if someone thinks I’m a heartless ass for finding my cats a new home, I don’t care what you think. Some may think it’s stupid I spent $800 twice for my dog….I don’t care what they think either. So when people get mad cause others give away their animals…..it’s not your pet!! Maybe they view animals as animals and they don’t see them as part of the family….that’s not bad on them! And these people who find their pets new homes…..back the hell off, at least they are being responsible and not dropping them off on the side of the road, taking them to a shelter or killing them!!! People try to be responsible and ppl like u judge them cause they r not u…..guess what, THEY R NOT U….so let them be and be happy the animals aren’t being abused!

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  28. I am allergic to my dogs but I will not rehome them, they are part of my family … I take allergy meds.

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  29. None of your business. I am so sick of seeing the hate onto people choosing a baby over a pet… If the baby is allergic, do you give up the baby? come on! Butt out of it. If you feel so angry, adopt that pet.

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