From Fundacion Benjamin Mehnert
Adopting doesn't make you a better person.
This is one of those posts that is likely to create controversy. And they may rain criticism on us, we know it. But it is absolutely necessary.
The last few weeks have been especially difficult. In addition to ending the hunting season and receiving dogs and more dogs daily, the situation is complicating for a reason that creates sadness, and anger at the same time: the abandonment of dogs that had already been previously adopted.
You can't imagine the number of calls, emails, comments and messages on networks that often come to us like this "My personal situation has changed, and I can no longer have dogs... He has an illness and we can't assume the costs... "We moved and our landlord, doesn't accept pets.. "We've had a kid and the dogs all of a sudden are behaving strangely... Can you please take care of the dogs? "
Yep, it can happen. All that can happen, and believe us, we’re empathetic and reasonable people, and we understand that sometimes things don’t turn out the way you expect. But for the same reason, we also don't understand that the solution is that.
Currently, luckily, there are many alternatives to not having to get rid of them: temporary canine residences, ethologists and educators, canines, or best of all, consider this animal as part of the family, so abandoning them is not an option.
How many times have we had to hear that fosters put a lot of glue or inconveniences when adopting... Few are.
Believe us, few are for the investment (and we don’t just mean economic) we make into each and every dog we rescue.
When you adopt, you sign a contract that not only entails the adoption, that contract is subject to the responsibility and commitment to having that animal with you for life regardless of the circumstances. Despite losing a job, moving homes, or despite going through a streak of misbehavior.
So let us tell you that you are not a better person to adopt. You are a better person when despite everything, your option is to consider him as one more of the family no matter what happens, and take responsibility in case any problem arises in a responsible way.
You are no better than all those Galgurians we criticize. Maybe you're even worse... Well, with them we know how everything works, that for them they are just tools, and that when they are worth them, they are going to get rid of them.
But for nothing we expect that from an adopter who in good faith, and with his best face, does a good action giving a home to one of these dogs abandoned by a galguero, to then kick them at the first change.
If that's your case, you didn't adopt with your heart, but by your ego.
Keep in mind that a dog can last about 12 years, and in those 12 years life can change us. Consider all of this, to be clear on what responsible adoption is.
Once adopted, an animal is for life.