I am your dog. I am your cat. I have lived with you for days, months or even possibly years. Now due to a variety of circumstances you can no longer keep me. Please take the time to find me a home and do not abandon me. I am not prepared to live in the wild. I have been fed by you, housed by you, and I am not able to find proper food and shelter.
These animals along with offspring they may be involved in producing do not survive due to exposure to the elements, illness from ticks and fleas, injury, and lack of food and water. These animals do not know how to hunt, especially the young ones so they scavenge for what they can find, resulting in the animal starving to death.
Just because someone chooses to live in the country does not mean they want to become a shelter for unwanted pets. The pet that you can no longer can afford, has aggression issues or just doesn’t get along with your other pets, becomes their problem because of their geographical location. This isn’t fair to those rural individuals who have vaccinated their pets, and now have an unknown animal possibly exposing their children, pets and agricultural animals to diseases, health concerns or even an aggressive animal. They do not know if this “stray” is vaccinated or dangerous.
You have choices. Please be responsible and plan ahead. Contact local animal shelters, breed rescue organizations or a humane society. Seek out experts in the animal field. They have resources and information to help you. Often finding a new home for a pet is easier than people anticipate. Please take the time to find the animal a new home or people who can help you find one and do not abandon a pet that is totally dependent on you.
— Daniel Spencer of McPherson County Humane Society