Today’s Reality Check

I’m seeing this idea that you’re a horrible person, if you don’t spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on vet bills when they come up or if you rehome/put a pet with a shelter. Can we please let this die? We say that people are being responsible, if they give up children they can’t take care of. So why is it the worst thing in the world, if you give up a pet under similar circumstances? Then again these types are the kind, who’d say “well they should’ve been more responsible/had an abortion/used birth control” rather than actually DO something about a problem.

For a lot of people, the choice isn’t between taking Fido or Morris to the vet or not, it’s between vet bills and going hungry or without shelter. It’s one thing to say you’d starve for your pet. It’s another to make your family (such as it’s defined) do the same. Or get evicted. Newsflash: most homeless shelters don’t take pets, either.

The larger issue is that we as a society have this notion that if bad luck of the social kind happens to you, it’s your fault.  If you don’t have enough to eat, a place to live, or any of the other things necessary for life, it’s because you didn’t work hard enough, have the right job, or a host of other life happenings.  People who need help with food, shelter, and the like aren’t freeloaders.  They’re people like you and me, who’ve had shit happen.  That same shit can happen at a moment’s notice to anyone–all it takes is one big medical bill or one lost job for most families to be out on the streets, especially  after 2008.

And if you don’t think food, shelter, and a living wage/work are rights, then I really don’t want to know you.

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~ by Jen on August 6, 2012.

 
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