There are many reasons people bring animals into their families and homes. While taking into account the cost of a pet from food to vet bills, not every situation can be predicted. With today’s economy and so many people facing financial hardship, it can seem like there is no end to the problems that arise and providing for furry family members becomes more difficult. Sometimes even forcing us into feeling we have to give them up in order for them to have a better life or for our own survival.
Many pet owners feel shoved into a corner and think there is no other choice than to turn their animal over to a shelter or rescue. This can be caused by a lack of income, difficulties in providing necessary food, proper vetting and in some cases a stable home for the animal. Don’t give up. It is so much easier to say that phrase than to really feel that it is true. Whatever the reason you have chosen to bring an animal into your life, always remember that this animal looks to you as their family, safety and love. There is no doubt the majority of people feel they are doing the right thing by giving the furry family member to a shelter, no doubt that in your heart you believe they will be better off wherever they end up because you are not able to provide for them right now.
Please believe that you are not alone in this time of struggle and believe that your dog or cat would rather be homeless with you than live one day without you. People build these strong, most times unbreakable bonds with the animals brought into their lives. The one thing we forget more than anything else is that they feel the exact same way; they are lost without us. We say ‘our dog’ or ‘our cat’ the animals say ‘our human’ or ‘our friend’. One of the many great things about being an animal lover is how strong the animal community is.
In the Kansas City area alone, there are so many places that are created and kept running solely for the purpose of helping families keep the furry members. Not just keeping your four legged friends because you can get assistance to do so, but compassionate people who love animals and understand that taking care of them all the time can be difficult with some situations. Sometimes it is very hard to ask for help, sometimes people feel ashamed and guilty for the place they have fallen in. Your animal never feels this way about you, so no matter how hard it is try not to feel this way when it comes to your animal. Love them, care for them, and realize that there are moments in life when thinking of others should dull the strong urge you have not to ask for help.
Below is a list of just a few places in the Kansas City area that offer assistance to many families and animals in need, everything from providing food at low to no cost to helping provide medical and vet care:
Northland Pet Pantry
Spay and Neuter KC
Always remember, ask, ask, ask and ask again. There are never enough questions. Call a reputable vet you know, a pet store or a local shelter or rescue. They are always more than willing to help.