Soapbox Issues

Cruelty to pets

…is something I just don’t get.

Similar to child abuse and neglect, I cannot fathom how some human beings can be cruel or neglect their pets. What prompted this post was seeing ads like this on a Pet Rescue website.

Mind you, it’s not the first ad I’ve seen where owners have been cruel or neglected their pets. When you look at the animal’s face, can you imagine even neglecting it or abusing it? Animals are so trusting and so very dependent on you. Probably more so than kids. People make a choice to get pets. So why then, do they not commit to looking after it?

Pets are not an accessory! They live long lives. I think people fall for a kitten or a puppy and forget that they have another 15 years or so more to go. Having said that, there are people who obviously abuse even the kittens or pups. Sheldon above is only 5 months. How cruel and mean-spirited does one have to be to abuse an animal? Someone so helpless. What perverted pleasure do they get by doing that? Animals have feelings too. The love and affection they give you back is priceless. And you will never hear the dreaded words “I hate you” as you would from a child/adolescent.

I remember having that fear when I thought I might have to re-home Buttons. The fear that he might land in a house that won’t treat him right. After all, people present one way when they see you but what goes on behind closed doors could be a completely different story. Child abuse has shown us that. My heart goes out to all the animals out there waiting to be rescued. I am seriously contemplating being a rescue person myself in the future. Maybe when I’m a bit more financially stable.

On a different note, if you live in Australia and can give a cat or a dog a good home, please get one from a shelter/rescue place. There are so many of them in need of a good home. Petrescue is a brilliant website for that. Do remember though that animals need food, medical check ups and love for at least 15 to 20 years. It is a commitment. Not a phase.

Until next time,


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  • Lilly
    21 April 2012 at 2:10 am

    I don’t get it either. If they treat animals that way I am sure they treat people that way as well. The way someone reacts to animals says a lot about them I think. Good way to detect the future personality type of children isn’t it? My daughter keeps telling me to get a dog but like you, I cannot commit to that at this stage. Great post and very important reminder for people.

    • Psych Babbler™
      21 April 2012 at 11:59 pm

      Oh I agree Lilly…these individuals probably treat people badly too. In fact, one of the ways to determine a child with conduct disorder is cruelty to animals…and conduct disorder is generally a precursor to antisocial personality disorder in adulthood. And do get yourself a dog when you are ready…financially and every other way. 🙂 I’d probably like to get a couple more cats but know that I can’t logically. Two are good for now.

  • Bikramjit
    21 April 2012 at 12:56 pm

    with you on this 100%, I remember I went mad , we were called to help the RSPCA here to a house where it was reported some animals and i saw something sad , that was the time I wished i was not working , my hands would have met the persons face..

    Why have them when you cant look after them , it is sad sad very SAD


    • Psych Babbler™
      22 April 2012 at 12:00 am

      Y’know Bikram,I always wonder how cops do their job. They see the worst of the worst. I mean, I see kids who have been abused and stuff but I don’t see them the moment they have been abused as cops might. Same with animals I suppose.