On a recent visit to a local park, I was shocked by the animal cruelty I witnessed. As I watched, two young women continuously threw their dog into the river and laughed as the poor dog tried to stay afloat to keep himself alive. While they laughed, they yelled profanities at the whimpering, crying pup. I stood in disbelief as these women continually threw the dog back into the water. Another bystander did confront the two women and reminded them that they were at a family- friendly park.
A few days later, I was in downtown Baltimore, Maryland and walked past a homeless man begging for money. I had to do a double-take to confirm that a poor dog was sitting next to the man. I could see every inch of the dog’s ribcage. He was shaking and quivering as he huddled next to the man. I regret not stopping to try and help the dog.
I began to research how the process of adopting a dog works. I was unaware if just anyone could go into the pound and take an animal home. I found that I was wrong, and the process takes time and dedication.
The first step of adopting a dog or cat includes an “adopter survey.” The survey asks the individual to consider any factors that will be affected with a new pet in the home. Questions on the survey include past pet experience, other animals or children in the house, how many hours a day the individual can devote to the pet, and characteristics of the pet the individual is looking for.
Once the questionnaire is completed, a representative from the adoption center will contact the individual to schedule an interview and home visit. These are done to verify that a home is safe for the animal. They will also show the adoption center that the individual is ready to add a new pet to their life.
After everything is approved, many adoption centers require an “Adoption Agreement” to be signed. By signing the agreement, the individual agrees to take care of their new pet. They promise to nourish it and provide a loving home for the pet. Most adoption centers also charge a fee for their services.
With the strict rules and agreements made when adopting a pet, there should not be malnourished dogs on street corners shivering as their owner begs for money. The animals do not deserve to have to fight for their lives. If you witness cruel behavior to animals, contact a local adoption center so that the animal is given a better life.
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