Too many people reading forums like this take it for granted that if you have pets you should have the finances to be able to afford vet care and proper medications. I'm sure that there are many situations like mine that you didn't take on the pet(s) because you wanted to but because you didn't want to see the animal in worse shape than what it was before you ended up with it. I live in the Trinity River bottoms in Texas and too many people believe that if you dump your dogs off out in an area like this they'll survive on their own because of the other wild animals in the area to feed on. It's just not so. We have probably taken in 40 or 50 of these cast offs in the last ten years that we've lived out here. We have no animal shelter supporting our area so we're it. We have a spay and neuter program in this area that is quite inexpensive so all get either spayed or neutered when possible. We also try to get them healthy, wormed, etc. and try to find homes for them. Our feed bills are usually $20.00 a week which makes it a little rough on us but we make it. We might not be able to afford vet care for too many but we do what we have too. So, everybody that thinks that if you have a dog or cat you should be able to afford a vet think again. I guess we could do like others out here and just shoot them and throw them in the river for the gators but we're not like that and a vet is not always possible. I give most of the injections as required but if you multiply 10 or so dogs at a time by 20 or 30 dollars it really goes beyond what we can afford. So always remember when someone ia looking for an alternative to going to the vet there is probably a good reason. Not all can afford it
what you are doing is a good thing, and vet care is understandably expensive for someone keeping so many animals. Now, I don't want you to take this the wrong way, but if the finances aren't there, you might consider placing some of them into other homes. Perhaps this would relieve some of the burden of caring for so many. Some people (hopefully not you) have so many that they cannot possibly care for them properly-- they call that hoarding and it is based on the (irrational) belief that even if the animals don't receive monthly heartworm meds,regular vaccinations, spay/neuter to prevent litters, and flea/tick preventatives,etc. they are "still better off" than they would be if the hoarder didn't have them. ALL pets deserve excellent care, and we should do anything and everything we can to make that happen for each and every animal we "save" even if it means we find them another home elsewhere. So what I'm trying to say is that having a lot of animals is not a good excuse/reason for not taking them to the vet. I hope you won't be offended by my comments--that is really not my intention. I simply thought I'd offer a different perspective, hope you'll take it in the spirit in which it was intended.
Dumping animals in the Trinity River bottoms is heartless. I used to live in Irving then later in Ft. Worth. In the 10 years I lived there during the 80's, the "bottoms" flooded 4 times in the spring to where Dallas did actually have something it could call a river. I remember the news clips of the animals in Six Flags having to be rescued from the floods. I could only imagine what happened to all the strays.
Welcome to the forum, egibson. I'm sure the animals you help appreciate it. However, it seems that perhaps you are at the point where it is financially painful for you to do any more. You can't save every stay in the bottoms.
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Don't know if you could post an ad on Craigslist for the pets, if they allow it? Possibly another local website for free ads. I have a free website on yola.com complete with a blog and pictures. I would think that a free ad with a link to a free website showing pictures and a description of the pets available, maybe you could find forever homes for these pets that need a lot of attention and love.
What you are doing is very admirable, I could not let a loving pet fend for themselves, knowing they may starve. Is there any way you could have a story written about these pets to gain interest? Possibly contact a veterinary college in Texas and maybe get an intern to spend one day a month vaccinating and spay/neutering??? Possibly a Facebook page sharing your issues and asking for adoption support... just some ideas.
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I think anyone who owns a pet has to be able to afford at least the minimum when it comes to vet care. By the minimum I mean proper vaccinations, spaying or neutering and monthly preventatives such as Heartworm pills and flea/tick medication. I don't think people neccessarily have to spend or even have thousands of dollars TO spend on emergency treatment, expensive procedures/surgeries, etc. in order to be considered for pet ownership. In a perfect world yes, it would be grand if everyone could afford to do whatever is neccessary to diagnose, treat, provide for, and spoil their pets rotten. But this is not a perfect world and most people do not have the finances to do so.
I think, from your post, whether you can afford vet care or not, the animals you have taken in are far better off in your care than out on their own. Of course there is a point, with anyone, when trying to do the right thing one gets in way over their head. I don't have anyway of knowing if that is the case with you or not but I think if you are able to afford basic vet care and the occasional trip to the vet for minor things then you may not have reached the point of being in too deep.
The people I will chastise though for owning pets and not doing the right thing, and I am using an example of people I personally know, are the people who are walking around with Smartphones while posting pictures of the kittens their cat just had. I am sorry but the cat should have been spayed before money was spent on something totally UNNECESSARY. I think if you have the money to go and buy a 52" plasma TV but have just denied your pet a $300 ultrasound, then there is something wrong with your judgement and you don't deserve to have a pet. If you TRULY cannot afford a $300 ultrasound for your pet then it's an entirely different circumstance.