Originally Posted by greenmagick
I agree...however if its a situation where the pets needs are not being met (affection, play time, etc) then I think it is only fair to either suck it up and meet them or to rehome. Its like new parents who stick a dog outside...I would usually rather see that dog go to rescue then live that kind of life.
Of course there is the lesser of two evils. But if people take into account the life changes they'll have in the 15 year life span of their pet (possible moves, additional pets, family death, children, etc) instead of living in the moment at the time they get the animal, these situations would be much fewer. It is a life long commitment.
Rescues and shelters should exist for people who absolutely can not
keep their pet anymore. Not for when life changes and they no longer want
it. I'm on team "suck it up" and meet the cat's needs. There are way too many in shelters as it is.
ETA: This post is mostly in response to taking the animal to the shelter, which I think should be a last, last, last, last resort. I think if you must get rid of a family pet, it's better to put the time in finding them a home privately instead of taxing the shelters and rescues that are already understaffed and underfunded and way too crowded.