One young mother and her 4-year-old are despondent after losing their puppy. The real kicker? They know exactly who has the dog, who they named Rafiki, and there's no way they can get him back. The puppy in question escaped from the house, and while his owner looked for him frantically, he was put into a shelter and then taken in by another adoption agency who had already placed him (for a modest fee, of course) before, they claim, the dog could be returned.
You'd think this would be a simple misunderstanding easy to rectify. You'd think wrong, I'm sorry to say. The animal rescue group in question is standing by their decision. They basically went ahead and implied in a letter they shared via Facebook that because the pet in question wasn't micro-chipped, his first owners have only themselves to blame. Whoa. That's way harsh, Tai.
On the one hand, it's easy to see where the group who re-homed this lost dog is coming from. Surely if you cared about your animal at all, you'd make sure they were micro-chipped, and if they were lost, you'd do everything you could to find them -- and fast! But frankly, who are they to enact 'punishment' on a family for how they are looking after (or not looking after) their pet?
If they were really so concerned, they would have returned the dog to its rightful owner, issued a refund to the family they promised him to, and then filed a report with the police about potential animal neglect. They have no right to play judge and jury in this case. The relationships animals form with their people are so very important. That they would be so willing to sever that bond just to prove a point is pretty foul.
Do you have your pets micro-chipped?
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