I've been hesitating whether to post this or not, but I will and maybe take it down later once I ramble on a bit and get this off of my chest...
I'm just so discouraged lately by the cavalier way in which so many people treat their animals. I understand that circumstances change and emergencies arrive, but so much of what I'm seeing seems to be a result of poor planning, impulse purchasing, and priorities.
In the past two weeks, I've had the following animals offered to me: 4 birds, 2 rabbits, and 2 ferrets. And that's just the past two weeks! It lays on my conscience that I had to say no to these animals, but I have to be aware of my limits and the effect that taking in more animals has on the ones currently in my home.
Also, how difficult is it to provide a lifetime home for a ferret? Their average lifespan is about 5 years. Over the past decade, my parents have taken in over 5 unwanted ferrets and have turned down many more. Why don't people research before they get a pet? Why do pet stores sell to anyone with the money? Often while providing bad information?
I have several friends who run rescue operations, and almost all of them have been inundated recently with surrenders. Several are very possibly close to their breaking point.
I guess I'm just getting worn out thinking about all of these homeless animals and feeling helpless to do much to ease their suffering. Blech.