Don’t get one because you want it to ride in your hood.
Don’t get one because you saw someone walking one on a leash.
Don’t get one just because they’re cute and you saw one in a pet shop once.
Animals need our care and dedication, not our impetuous human impulses.
Don’t get one if you’re going off to college. ESPECIALLY don’t get one if your dorm doesn’t allow them. You think you won’t get caught, but what if you do? Are the consequences something you can live with? If they get carted off to a shelter, can you live with the guilt?
Replace college/dorm with apartment, condo, rental house. It all applies.
If you cannot dedicate the time, money, effort, patience, and passion needed to care for that animal to your fullest ability, do not get that animal. It is unfair for you when you eventually have to give them up, but more so it is unfair to them.
Animals are permanent. Animals depend on you. Don’t be a flake. Think things through.
Bad things do happen, though— jobs get lost, foreclosures force you to move, parents kick you out, allergies set in. That’s fine. But don’t let it be that your animals suffer because you were flighty or failed to have any insight. If it’s out of your control, then it’s just that— not something you could have prevented.
Animals are Earthlings just like us, and they deserve the happiest life they can have. Sometimes, that means it’s not a life with you.
Thanks for reading.
This also goes for a Cat or Dog or Lizard or Snake or…..