Sunday, November 25, 2007

Pets: Leaving Home

"We all know that the hardest part of leaving home isn't leaving friends and family - it's leaving a pet. Your parents can live without you and your friends probably never liked you anyway, but your pet will never get over losing you.

Before deciding to move with your pet, or deciding to bring one home if you plan on moving into or already live in an apartment, there are a ton of things to consider. Besides worrying about the time and money it will take to care for a pet, the responsibility of raising an animal that will live 15 years, and the scary prospect of scooping poop, pet owners have got to worry about landlords.

The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy, on its Web site, cites "Landlord Issues" as the No. 2 reason for owners to relinquish pet dogs to shelters. It is the No. 5 reason for owners to relinquish cats. Avoid having to give a pet away by clearing it with your landlord first.

*******I wish it was that easy.******

"The Seattle Humane Society has come up with a way of getting in your face, sort of. Instead of asking you to come in and adopt a pet, it is taking pets to you to make them even harder to resist.

The Seattle Times explains that the plan involves a vehicle called the MaxMobile, which can transport as many as 20 animals to places where people gather. Here's a portion of the story:

Friday was the maiden voyage for the MaxMobile, a 33-foot bright-yellow truck specially designed and built for the Humane Society. It can hold up to 20 animals -- including cats, dogs and rabbits -- for transportation to retail centers or high-traffic areas where they are put on display in hopes they'll steal a heart and find a new home."

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