June Buggie’s Ranting about Animal Dumping

MEOW! My name is June Buggie, and I have something to say.

This is an Official June Buggie Rant!


Recently while perusing Facebook, I saw a post complaining about the number of people dumping animals, and it got me thinking.

Is animal dumping anything like baby dumping?

Society vilifies women who dump their babies, but we also know these women are often desperate, many times young, and feel they have no other viable options. A solution for those women are Safe Haven laws. Some states here in the US allow a woman to surrender a newborn to a hospital, no questions asked, after the first few hours of birth. The hope is that these women will surrender the babies instead of killing them or leaving them to die. It doesn’t save all babies, but it saves some.

Is that not also the case of some people who have animals they can no longer care for? OK, some may just be mean, but I propose many of those people may also be under a great deal of stress. They fear taking the animal to Animal Control, because we’ve brainwashed them into seeing these services as bad, so they think they the animal will fare better “in the wild as nature intended” instead of being “murdered” in a shelter.

And while there may be plenty of places to take their animal that don’t kill animals, have you ever seen how some of these places treat people turning in animals? It’s shameful. For a person who is already depressed or stressed, such actions are not at all helpful. To be honest, I wonder if some rescues are as much a part of the problem as they are the solution.

Malachi- 8 yr neutered male, showed up at our house emaciated and near-death.

I think that criminalizing the dumping of animals is important, but we must do much more. I think we’re going to have to be less condemning and more helping of people who have animals they cannot or will not care for.

If a person finds they can no longer care for an animal anymore for whatever reason, they should not be treated like a criminal for surrendering that animal.

If a person no longer wants an animal, then they should be encouraged to surrender the animal instead of being shamed and ridiculed.

Oh, I know it goes against your nature, but really, it’s the best thing for us animals.

After all, is it better for a dog to go to Animal Control and face death, or spend years tethered to a tree in the backyard with no mental stimulation?

Is it better that a cat die in a gas chamber, or die of starvation in the middle of winter?

There are no easy answers, but some are no-brainers. In order to change the way animals are treated, we’re going to have to convince some of you to get over your sense of moral superiority and do what’s best for animals. Only when we stop making this an “Us versus Them” issue and make this a What’s Best for Animals issue will be able to start to convince people to make responsible choices for us.






55 thoughts on “June Buggie’s Ranting about Animal Dumping

  1. Great post. I actually have an example of someone who was too ashamed, or scared to deliver an unwanted kitten to the one shelter I volunteer at. We found the kitten, dumped in the dustbin outside the premises. I fostered the kitten and found it a home, so it’s a happy ending story but it does show that, even though the person brought the kitten right to our doorstep, the obviously felt the may be accused of something if they brought it in. This particular shelter would not have done so but there are many who may well have made the person feel guilty. It’s a very good point.

    1. Jen and others have found animals and tried to do right by them, and were vilified for even doing that. She had a cat that showed up that was badly injured and we could not afford vet care, so we took him to animal control and asked he be humanely euthanized. They were so mean to Jen until they realized she wasn’t dumping her own cat.

  2. Well said – we do need to accept that there are people out there who can’t or won’t care for their pets and it is much better for those pets to be taken to a rescue centre by the owner who no longer wants/needs/loves the animal than to be dumped on the street. It is hard when you are involved with the rescue centre to stay positive and welcoming when someone wants to leave their pet with you but I think we must do what ever we can to make it easy for them to bring the animal in – for the sake of the animal.

    1. It HAS to be about the animal… and not about the feelings of the humans. I know it’s hard. Maybe we should do more to help those who work in animal welfare also.

  3. You are so right. There are many reasons for someone to not be able to keep an animal and it’s what’s best for the animal that matters. I have seen a similar attitude when owners run into problems training a dog, making it difficult for them to get help – which increases the danger of the dog ending up in rescue, or worse.

      1. My bipeds will admit they didn’t know enough about training me in the beginning. But being willing to learn and put the effort in to actually do it is what counts.

      2. Sometimes people make an honest mistake and just can’t (or won’t) do that. Not fair to the dog if the human admits as much and tries to do right by that dog, but is thwarted in their efforts.

      3. Agreed, it’s what is best for the animal that counts. It shouldn’t be made difficult to give up an animal.

        My comment was really only part of a thought that made sense to me, but not so much on reading it again. It’s a connected aspect of where the attitude of some people within the animal world doesn’t help the animal.

        It troubles me that for lots of aspects of looking after an animal, there is a lot of bad information being given by people that appear as though they should know. It’s usually assumed that an owner with problems didn’t ask the right questions, but sometimes they have and they’ve been given the wrong answers. It is then often difficult for them to get the correct information because they are being judged – that doesn’t help the animal.

  4. Oh June Buggie, that’s so sad… and the world is so complicated… view months ago someone “dumped” a snake (a gabun viper which is poisoned!) on the sewage plant area of my village… one of the people who lived in near killed the snake and called the police, they came with a guy from veterinary authority and they noticed the snake was tatooed with a number and they tried to catch the formerly owner… sometimes I have no words for human behavior…

    1. We have a problem in the Everglades swamp on Florida. Pythons are killing off the natural habitat. Where did those snakes come from? They aren’t native to this area……

      1. Dumped snake pets. Ugh. Not a thought of not only the animal, but of the effects on the habitat. Did you read Florida is now training pound puppies to hunt the invasive species of snakes? – and the dogs are turning out to be excellent at it.

  5. Excellent post! Though I think some dumping is due to sheer ignorance, I know some is due to the people not wanting to be judged. Evidence: the number of pets left outside animal shelters when the shelters are not open. Even though my judgey pants are tight and uncomfortable, I still sometimes wear them… and I know I really need to throw them away.

      1. I used to be really hard on people who abandoned pets (and ended up with a lot of them) – but after living in a neighborhood where 2 out of 3 people lost their jobs – homes foreclosed on – families stressed beyond imagination – I realized the focus must be on helping the animal – not scolding people acting under hardship and making them feel guilty.
        Meow on June Buggie!

  6. This is a very good point June. The animal’s welfare should always come first. Whee belong to a guinea pig forum and one case that has stuck with us is a young girl asking for help to rehome her much loved piggies because her allergies had become to severe to cope. Members of the rescue friendly forum proceed to try to convince her to take antihistamimes (as if she might not have already tried that!) and told her she should have thought about this before getting them.

    Whee gave her a link to a map of Pggy Bank approved rescues (ones that follow strict guidelines of care) and said it was very sad but well done for putting her pets happiness before her own. Whether or not she took them to a rescue whee don’t know because she did not return to the forum or reply of any of the comments.

    I think all these people who are for rescues need to try to be more, for animals, regardless of the circumstances.

    Nibbles, Nutty, Buddy & Basil

  7. This world can be a scary place for the weak and powerless, human and animal.
    It is good that there are people around who are willing to help.

  8. I so agree with what is said. I had a bad experience with an animal rescue, whose adoption form said they would take the animal back no questions asked and when I had to turn her back in, they did not want anything to do with her. She was 8 years old and they deemed her to be hard to adopt because she also had to be an only cat in the household. I had to turn her in as she was beating up my other cats. I spent hundreds of dollars with the vet trying to see if there was anything physical that would have caused this. They found nothing, she was in excellent health. Thank God I was able to contact a woman that I had volunteered with years ago (same shelter) and she was now involved in the co running of another shelter. She said without hesitation that the shelter would take her. This cat that the other shelter said would be hard to adopt, was adopted out – less than two months later. I was told that she is doing very well at her new home and her new human loves her to pieces. I was fortunate to have a friend like her.

  9. Your post touched my heart. It also made me reflect on all the ways we should help those in desperate situations. No one should have to give up a beloved pet because they have to chose between feeding their children or their pets. In the USA no one should ever get to that position. But society vilifies people that ask for help. Your post reminded me to keep my heart open and lend a hand if I’m able. It takes courage to ask for help.

    As to the rescues and shelters that treat people badly for surrendering animals, I think they must get burned out and overwelhemed. They see the worst of us humans. Jackson Galaxy’s book put a face on those who receive the poor, unwanted animals. While I agree with everything you said. We must make surrendering an animal the right thing to do, without shame attached, we also need to remember the workers at shelters and rescues are only human.

    Thanks for a great blog.

  10. Very thought provoking. Two instances stand out in my mind when I worked at an animal shelter years ago. One, this poor Irish Wolfhound covered in mange and with nails over an inch long. He held his head down and had a glaze in his eyes like he was no longer really there. It was obvious that he had spent his life tied up in the back yard. I was highly tempted to scream at the man who brought the dog in. But I didn’t. If only the man hadn’t been ashamed to bring the poor dog in sooner. The second incident involves a woman who brought her dog in. She was bawling. Her landlord said she couldn’t have the dog anymore. She was too poor to move somewhere else and had no other choice. I know some people think if you can’t afford a dog you shouldn’t have one but I strongly disagree. When times are tough, the joys of having a dog can be your only lifeline. Just because someone can’t afford the best food or to pay all the vet bills doesn’t mean they can’t provide a loving home for a dog.

    1. In my case I think of women in domestic violence situations whose pets keep them sane but eventually find it necessary to give them up for the safety of the pet. But where do they go? That us NOT a time to judge her. Just help her!

  11. Makes me shudder
    June Buggie x
    listen – there was this little doggy
    that was abused by his owner in Greece
    they put this weird collar on him
    because he barked a ton – he is a dog – that’s what dogs do

    then the owner of the dog
    let the dog just run without leash or care
    the dog got hit by a car
    hit and run
    someone found him
    and threw his little body in a dumpster

    he was found ALIVE
    by loving people and brought to Canada

    his spine was very damaged but he was ALIVE
    The People in Canada nursed him back to health
    he wears the little wheely thing and they gave him a new name
    “TURBO ” because you know what
    with all that love and healing – he started to eventually move his tail again
    and regained a little movement –
    i am not sure how he is doing now
    but i know he is being LOVED πŸ™‚
    and on a farm where there is open space to bark and have fun

    here is the link of the people that rescued him
    its an amazing store – WELL GOOD ANIMAL PEOPLE – in toronto where i live
    called “Small wonders ”
    and they are good friends of mine ….
    He is a very famous little doggy now
    because of his courage and strength – and he remained a good doggy – never biting πŸ™‚ Just happy xxx
    Turbo the wonder xxx
    i hope this makes you smile
    for as many Yukkky horrible stories we hear
    there are always the HAPPY NEWS XXX

        BIG HUGS

  12. Hai June Buggie! I’d been missing June Buggie Rnats for a long time! The Malachi’s picture is adorable! Yes, I remember when Malachi was rescued by Jen….he was very skinny and there were several traces that indicated he was poked…..However look at him now! So big and happy face! I 100% agree with you, June Buggie….we have to think what is the best for the anilmals…not about how we feel for them.

  13. You’re spot on June Buggie. It’s sad that people have to give up their pets, but it is a reality of life and these hard economic times. While spaying and neutering would go a long ways to cutting down on the pet population, the other aspect is the people who must cut costs and have no other option than to lose a beloved furry member of their family. If I had to do that I would at least like to give my friend an opportunity to get adopted or in the worse case scenario to die humanely. It’s not an easy choice.

  14. Our Miniputz had been dumped at the road, where I found her. And I bet, whoever dumped her there, thought I would adopt the kitten. I already had 3 cats at that time. I adopted Miniputz. She could have been driven over by a car, she will never be completely friends with my other cats, I can’t really afford one more cat. Whoever dumped her there was an asshole.

  15. As much as I did not like the animal shelter where someone dropped me off in the middle of the night with no note telling why I was dropped or anything about me…at least they did not dump me on the street or woods where I would have died a horrible painful death of starvation or savaging by coyotes. I was fortunate to be pulled by a private no kill shelter for adult and special need cats and then Mom and Dad found me. Better to have the cats and dogs dropped at animal control than dumped on streets and in woods. Better to have a painless death than life of terror and starvation. Just sayin…

  16. Great Great Blog! We agree all the way! We were lucky to get help with Freddie Freeloader, and then Snowy. Happily both are now adopted and in loving homes.

    But I would love to find the idiot that dumped them both – INTACT – to starve to death. I would break all of their toes.

  17. Excellent post and some very valid points. It must be very hard after a while not to become cynical about people who bring animals into shelters. But everybody cannot be tarred with the same brush. For some people they find themselves in a no choice situation through no fault of their own and the parting with their pet is truly heartbreaking for them, and accompanied by huge amounts of guilt and a massive sense of failure. Sometimes a shelter can seem like the best choice for a pet in terms of their being far better equipped to vet potential homes and ensure the pet’s future welfare. A judgemental and condemning attitude from the shelter staff could be utterly soul destroying in an already heartbreaking situation.

  18. June Buggie you are such a sensible kitty. Life happens to us all, and sometimes we have to make harsh choices. It is better not be be judged harshly also & isn’t helpful to people who are surrendering pets reluctantly and responsibly. There are so many who do so irresponsibly. For my part, at one stage I thought I wasn’t going to be able to keep my beloved 2 kitties and agonised over the possiblity of surrendering them. I made some changes and came up with a solution that enabled me to keep them, thankfully, and they lived out long lives with me. I have surrendered 2 stray kittens which I couldn’t keep, and have to say was treated well by all I came into contact with.

  19. When we lived in the country, the kitty cats that were left in our neighborhood were never ending. I can’t even imagine how many people have cats from me. We’d always pay for the first Vet visit and shots, that seemed to help get them on their way. It’s sad, but it’s not reasonable people doing these things so I don’t try to make any sense of it. It’s just cruel.

  20. What I especially like about June Buggie “rants” is that they are not really rants – they highlight important issues in an informed and balanced way. Well done June Buggie!

  21. Although I think some excuses for surrendering an animal are extremely flimsy, but what we think doesn’t matter and the animal’s welfare is more important so volunteers and shelter staff have to be understanding and compassionate. Dumping an animal in the wild is criminal and cruel, surrendering is best.

      1. So true, it is sometimes hard to hold back the judgmental comments but we must look after those who cannot speak for themselves regardless of how they came to be in their situation.

  22. I had a friend whose grandmother passed away and her grandfather was going to put a bullet in their dog because he couldn’t take care of her. My friend insisted on taking the dog even though there was a no pet clause where she was renting, only the problem was, she couldn’t take care of the dog either. She lived a horrible life cooped up out in the freezing cold until my friend ended up having her euthanized. It was really horrible to see, but I could never get her to admit she couldn’t take care of the dog.

  23. When I lived in the country, some one dumped their cat off. That person probably believed that a cat could fare better in the wild. We couldn’t take the cat in because we had a dog who associated all cats with the skunk who had sprayed him. One day, we found the cat frozen to death.

    A shelter would have been a far better option than being dumped in the middle of winter and left to die.

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