If you have read more than one of my blogs or if you know me personally you know that I am a true respecter (I know not a real word) of animals. I am a vegan, I write a vegan blog, I have a vegan YouTube channel, I interned at the Farm Sanctuary, I have volunteered at animal shelters since grade school, I subscribe to VegNews magazine, I am raising a vegan baby, and I turned my hubby vegan (at least for 2011). Everyday I strive to live a cruelty free lifestyle for all animals, not just the cute furry ones.
So you might be surprised to find out that I am no longer a "pet person". (Pet person adj: A person who loves pets, who always has a pet, who would do anything for their pet, and/or who can not live without a pet in their home). Yes I have had pets since I was a child and yes I currently have a pet kitty name Golden (pictured above), but once the day come when Golden goes to kitty heaven, he will be my families last pet.
So what happened you may ask? How can a bunny hugger no longer love pets? Nothing big happened, but my hubby and I have decided that we no longer desire the responsibility that comes with having a companion animal. Food, shelter, litter, vet care, shedding fur, time, attention, training, behavioral problems, pet friendly living, etc. and the list goes on. Also, I am a true believer in adopting an animal and caring for it from day 1 until death. I believe that if you want to have a pet that you should first research which type of animal that would be the best for you, your family and lifestyle, and that you should fully be prepared to care for that animal for it's full life (which can sometimes be up to 20 years depending on the animal!).
Now in saying this I do not want to discourage anyone from adopting a companion animal (notice I said adopting not BUYING-do you know that according to the ASPCA approximately 5 million to 7 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year, and approximately 3 million to 4 million are euthanized. 60 percent of these animals are dogs and 70 percent are cats). Having a companion animal can be one of the most rewarding experiences in your life.
Companion animals will always be a part of my families life. In the future we plan to continue to volunteer with our local shelter by fostering companion animals. This way we can enjoy the company without the long term time and financial commitment. Also fostering will give us the opportunity to help prepare a pet to enter into their long-term home well adjusted.
Are you a pet person? Why or why not?
***7/12/13 update: I found out that my son is allergic to cats so thank God I was able to find him a wonderful new home with a great lady. He now has a cat sister, tons of windows, and a new mommy is like the cat whisperer.