Military Families abandoning their pets

I feel ashamed.

Ashamed because there are people, military families to be precise, out there that not only abandon their pets in wilderness but they leave them behind in their old apartment and don’t care whether they are found or not. It is a big issue at every single duty station over here in Germany and it’s not only a problem in Germany. It’s a problem all over the world (Abandonment of pets puts strain on Okinawa Shelters), wherever you find US Military Families!

To name a few:

Is that what the US Military Families stands for? Are these the values? Leaving pets, so called “Family Members” behind to die?

Seriously?

Or you abandon it in the wild?

You know… it’s illegal to do that over here, right? You know that you are actually breaking German Law by abandoning a pet and the worst thing is, that you ruin it for the ones who are responsible.

German Shelters don’t adopt to military families for a reason and to be honest, I understand why they won’t adopt out to them anymore. To many adopted pets and then left them behind. In the short time I have lived in military housing I’ve seen dogs being abused, crated for the entire day, only taken out to pee and poop and other than that they’ve been locked down in the house all year around. Pets being mistreated with an electric shocker which is illegal in Germany as well and sometimes I wonder why some of you people even have pets!

Seriously, why do you have pets if you only take them out to pee and poop, why do you adopt a dog if all you do is to leave him behind anyway? WHY?

If you can’t care for a pet, don’t get one!

News stories like these make all of us look bad and with all of us I mean everybody, including foreign born spouses.

Think twice before you not only abandon your pet but break German laws!

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9 thoughts on “Military Families abandoning their pets

  1. dfdk9

    The sad thing is that the only reason this gets so much press is because they are military families abandoning their pets.

    Civilian families in the States abandon their pets at the same, if not higher rates. Any time you look at Craig's List, there are tons of ads – “moving and can't take”, “too much bother to move with cat/dog”, “landlord won't let me keep”, etc. etc. etc.

    And TONS of people just leave their animals behind or put them outside and leave them. (Like the cat you just adopted…)

  2. dfdk9

    The sad thing is that the only reason this gets so much press is because they are military families abandoning their pets.

    Civilian families in the States abandon their pets at the same, if not higher rates. Any time you look at Craig's List, there are tons of ads – “moving and can't take”, “too much bother to move with cat/dog”, “landlord won't let me keep”, etc. etc. etc.

    And TONS of people just leave their animals behind or put them outside and leave them. (Like the cat you just adopted…)

  3. dfdk9

    The sad thing is that the only reason this gets so much press is because they are military families abandoning their pets.

    Civilian families in the States abandon their pets at the same, if not higher rates. Any time you look at Craig's List, there are tons of ads – “moving and can't take”, “too much bother to move with cat/dog”, “landlord won't let me keep”, etc. etc. etc.

    And TONS of people just leave their animals behind or put them outside and leave them. (Like the cat you just adopted…)

  4. Sandra

    I know what you mean. It's not like the Germans are any better. But military families that bring their pets to a new country and then leave them behind because it's too expensive to move them back to the States shouldn't have brought or gotten a pet in the first place.

    It's irresponsible and the worst part is that there was even a need for a dog shelter on post. That is not only sad but ridiculous. If they can't care for a pet, they shouldn't buy, adopt or bring one to begin with.

    And promising funds & Volunteers to Kaiserslautern so they take the abandoned dogs from military families and then not hold onto the promises was wrong too.

  5. Sandra

    I know what you mean. It's not like the Germans are any better. But military families that bring their pets to a new country and then leave them behind because it's too expensive to move them back to the States shouldn't have brought or gotten a pet in the first place.

    It's irresponsible and the worst part is that there was even a need for a dog shelter on post. That is not only sad but ridiculous. If they can't care for a pet, they shouldn't buy, adopt or bring one to begin with.

    And promising funds & Volunteers to Kaiserslautern so they take the abandoned dogs from military families and then not hold onto the promises was wrong too.

  6. Sandra

    I know what you mean. It's not like the Germans are any better. But military families that bring their pets to a new country and then leave them behind because it's too expensive to move them back to the States shouldn't have brought or gotten a pet in the first place.

    It's irresponsible and the worst part is that there was even a need for a dog shelter on post. That is not only sad but ridiculous. If they can't care for a pet, they shouldn't buy, adopt or bring one to begin with.

    And promising funds & Volunteers to Kaiserslautern so they take the abandoned dogs from military families and then not hold onto the promises was wrong too.

  7. It makes me really sad. Since we've lived here we have rescued 2 kittens that we just found outside on post. No tags, chip, nothing and they were both gorgeous friendly cats. One we had to take to the shelter and our friends now have the other.

    I don't understand the mindset, a pet is a part of the family! You wouldn't abandon a family member! My family had a lot of animals when I was growing up – dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, chickens, a giant african land snail, and I couldn't ever imagine abandoning or mistreating any of them.

    I am not surprised at all that German shelters wont give pets to military families. I have also found myself trying to explain to people why they can't get their cats declawed here, why they can't adopt an outdoor cat for their apartment that has no yard, or why they can't buy a dog or cat from a tiny little cage in a mall pet store like they can in the States. I wanted to cry the first time I saw dogs in pet store cages/crates at the mall in Texas, they lived in the crate until someone bought them.

  8. It makes me really sad. Since we've lived here we have rescued 2 kittens that we just found outside on post. No tags, chip, nothing and they were both gorgeous friendly cats. One we had to take to the shelter and our friends now have the other.

    I don't understand the mindset, a pet is a part of the family! You wouldn't abandon a family member! My family had a lot of animals when I was growing up – dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, chickens, a giant african land snail, and I couldn't ever imagine abandoning or mistreating any of them.

    I am not surprised at all that German shelters wont give pets to military families. I have also found myself trying to explain to people why they can't get their cats declawed here, why they can't adopt an outdoor cat for their apartment that has no yard, or why they can't buy a dog or cat from a tiny little cage in a mall pet store like they can in the States. I wanted to cry the first time I saw dogs in pet store cages/crates at the mall in Texas, they lived in the crate until someone bought them.

  9. It makes me really sad. Since we've lived here we have rescued 2 kittens that we just found outside on post. No tags, chip, nothing and they were both gorgeous friendly cats. One we had to take to the shelter and our friends now have the other.

    I don't understand the mindset, a pet is a part of the family! You wouldn't abandon a family member! My family had a lot of animals when I was growing up – dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, chickens, a giant african land snail, and I couldn't ever imagine abandoning or mistreating any of them.

    I am not surprised at all that German shelters wont give pets to military families. I have also found myself trying to explain to people why they can't get their cats declawed here, why they can't adopt an outdoor cat for their apartment that has no yard, or why they can't buy a dog or cat from a tiny little cage in a mall pet store like they can in the States. I wanted to cry the first time I saw dogs in pet store cages/crates at the mall in Texas, they lived in the crate until someone bought them.

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