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In May of 2014, the week before Mother’s Day, I discovered Clarice sitting next to our inside garage door.  I almost stepped on her, as I went out there to get some things out of the dryer.  There she was, looking up at me, blinking away in terror and unable to move.  It was nighttime, so we can only assume that some neighborhood cat brought her into our garage to have her for dinner.  Literally.  I have rescued a few baby birds and squirrels over the years who had fallen from their nests.  I researched how to take care of them and even took to the Internet to ask other animal rehabbers for help.  I was clueless as to how to care for Clarice or what to feed her.  Her chances of survival were pretty slim, based on her age and my lack of knowledge of her species at the time.  We instantly became attached to her and wanted to do everything we could to help her.

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The first thing I did was research the best way to care for Starlings and what to feed her.  Thankfully, I found a site devoted solely to their care from nestling to adult stages.  This kind of bird does not eat seeds or bread.  They eat more like a person than a bird.  I began giving Clarice water with an eye dropper and feeding her with a round tip pair of tweezers.  She would stick her neck out and open her mouth as wide as possible, motioning for us to feed her.  During her nestling stage, she had to be fed constantly.  We even got up throughout the night to make sure she stayed fed and hydrated.  She could not fly, so she sat on blankets at the time, that I changed for her twice daily.  I held her a lot and I could tell she was starting to bond with me and see me as her Mother or caregiver.  In an effort to do what was best for Clarice, we drove her to our local wildlife rehab center, so we could consult with them. I did not want to give up Clarice and I could tell that my husband didn’t either.  Most of all, I could tell that Clarice was meant to be with us.  She came into our lives for a reason.  By the grace of God, we went to the wildlife center and they were closed at a time when their schedule said they were supposed to be open.  We took this as a for sure sign that Clarice was meant to stay with us. It also meant taking a crash course on how to raise Clarice.

During the long ride home from the rehab center, I began doing more research on what caring for Clarice on a permanent basis would entail.  I have more than two decades of experiences with lovebirds, but not a ‘wild bird’ like Clarice.  We stopped on the way home and got some things to make her meals and snacks with.  After riding in the car for so long, she was hungry and opening her mouth trying to let me know…”Feed me, woman!”  Thankfully, the main thing she needed for protein was dry cat food and we always have plenty of that.  I began giving her cat food kibble with the tweezers along with tiny pieces of different fruits.  You could see Clarice growing, developing some feathers and more of a personality each day.

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By Mother’s Day, Clarice had graduated from a small box to a tiny bird cage.  Even though she could not fly, she could hop.  For her safety, we thought it would be best to have her in some kind of enclosure.  Upon meeting her, my Mom is the one who actually named Clarice.  Based on the type of bird she is, it just seemed fitting.  My Mom has always been a bird lover and watcher.  She enjoyed holding Clarice and helping me feed her.  Clarice spent her early days sitting on our patio table in her cage.  At night, I would bring her indoors and cover her cage with a towel.  She would wake up very early and always ready to eat breakfast.  To Clarice, there was no doubt that I was her mom.

It is a delicate situation when you rescue a Starling.  Most rescued birds, as a general rule, have a low survival rate.  If you don’t feed and care for them, they will surely die.  If you start this process, in an effort to save their life, Starlings bond with you.  They see themselves as human and become dependent on you.  This means they cannot be released into the wild.  As they would have no way to feed themselves, find shelter, or coexist with other birds.  At this time, Clarice was still a baby.  She couldn’t even feed herself from a dish, much less go out into the wild.  I also discovered that many rehab centers will actually accept Starlings, but euthanize them due to the aforementioned reasons.  How horrible to think that a bird like Clarice would be killed when they have such a high level of intelligence and so much emotion.  She was a member of our family, period.

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In the coming weeks, as Clarice continued to grow, we got her a more appropriate cage for an adolescent bird.  We got her a few toys, but she wasn’t really interested in them.  Her entertainment came from visiting with us and watching what was going on in our house as well as watch all the backyard activities through the window.  (We have bird and squirrel feeders).  She also enjoyed watching our other animals and talking to our lovebirds (Aspen and Saffron) who live in the catch next to hers.    My husband hung our birds’ cages from the ceiling so that they could truly have a bird’s eye view of things and be safe from our cats.  Clarice also enjoys listening to music and TV.  She was gradually learning to eat on her own.  By the two month mark, I had taught her to pick up food from a tiny plate.  She also began to drink from a bowl as well and no longer needed a dropper.  Not having to feed her every two hours was not only a relief for us, but also meant she was thriving and learning more every day.

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 “No sugar tonight in my coffee, no sugar tonight in my tea.”  ~ Clarice

In my research, I also discovered that Starlings could learn to talk.  We have all heard of people having parrots or cockatoos that talked, but I had never heard of a Starling doing this.  These are the birds you typically see eating out of parking lots or in grassy areas.  Who would have ever thought they had the capacity to learn to speak?!  My first goal was to teach Clarice her name.  That entailed a lot of repetition, the same way you would teach a baby to their first words.  One day, we were eating dinner and could hear almost a robotic sounding version of what we thought was Clarice trying to say her name…We both started laughing.  All I could think was “Oh my God, she can speak!”  On her own, she kept repeating her name over and over, until it sounded like a human’s voice.  Actually, it was identical to my voice.  When Starlings learn to speak, they also learn to mimic the voice of their caregiver, exactly.  At times she sounds so much like me, that my own Dad (if he is in another room) will ask me if that was me or Clarice that said something?  This little bird that could not even fly well yet and had just learned to eat by herself, was talking, and on her way to learning more things.

“Sweet sweet, little Ramona.  I think I’ll try and phone her.”  ~ Clarice 

(We have a blind kitty in our family named Ramona).

Clarice learned to say simple things like “Hello” or “I love you.”  Then she moved on to “God Bless You” which is her favorite thing to say.  She tells everyone they are “a pretty girl.”  She can whistle just like a person does when they are admiring someone and she also whistles the theme song to The Andy Griffith Show.  She learned the song so well, that I would stop and she would pick up where I left off.  Clarice has also learned various random song lyrics.  (Who better than a master at music trivia and song lyrics to teach her these valuable things?)  Your child learned their ABC’s.  Fascinating.  My bird sings The Ramones.  Once she masters a new phrase or song lyric, I immediately start teaching her something else.  We do this through repetition, every day, until she starts singing it on her own.  Whenever my parents come over they are always amazed at Clarice’s conversational skills and make it a point to talk to her.  She is genuinely a happy bird.  She loves having anyone visit with her and make eye contact with her.  She will listen intently to anything you have to say.  She is not the kind of bird you would put in a spare room.  She wants to be a part of things.  There are the basic phrases that she repeats over and over like a tape recorder.  And on occasion, she will repeat some random thing that she heard me say.  For instance, she will repeat one of our cat’s names as if she is calling them.  We have a cat named Willa and she picked up on her name.  She will call out “Willa, Willa, Willa” with great enthusiasm.   Willa gets to hear her name multiple times a day, let me tell you.  This taught us to keep profanity to a minimum around Clarice.  Over time, she has learned more phrases and is a work in progress.  Her favorite thing is to run through her entire vocabulary when she knows someone is paying attention to her.

“Living after midnight, rockin’ to the dawn.”  ~ Clarice    \m/  \m/

When making or receiving non-personal calls, I have to go in my office and shut the door so that I don’t sound like I am working in The Rainforest.  Between two birds that sing and one that talks, I can’t shut their sounds out completely, but do my best to keep things quiet when I’m on the phone.  In an effort to keep Clarice entertained, I will sometimes turn on music.  Although she has heard all kinds of music in this house, she seems to like Rick Springfield or 70s easy listening type of songs.  She prefers songs where she can actually hear the words instead of mostly music.  That said, I sometimes put it on The Disney Channel so she can watch cartoons or kids’ shows.  It keeps her somewhat occupied during the times when I have to go shut myself off from things while at my desk.  When she feels I have been absent from the room for too long, she will start saying her name over and over.  She actually thinks that I am Clarice.  When she wants attention or food, this is how she lets me know.  At no point has she ever made that connection that she is Clarice.

Starlings are also very clean animals.  I change her water frequently because she uses her water dish for three purposes…  Drinking, going potty, and bathing.  When she bathes, she splashes her water everywhere.  Luckily, we have tile floors, so it is nothing to clean up.  One of our kitties, a deaf male named Luca, has the ability to jump up about 10 feet, flat-footed.  Since he can’t hear anything, he gets his entertainment by watching things.  (The second hand on a clock, the TV, Clarice, etc…) Clarice has learned that if he is looking at her too much, it is time to splash a little water on him.  He cannot reach her and he actually likes water.  So this has become more of a game between these two.  If he keeps bugging her or tries to jump, she will then resort to just plain old screaming.

“Just like the white winged dove, sings the song sounds like she’s singing, whoo-whoo-whoo.”  ~Clarice

A typical meal for Clarice is small pieces of cat kibble, (this is how she gets most of her protein), some chopped up veggies or fruit and crushed granola.  We sprinkle each meal with a little poultry mash which is a high protein, grainy looking mixture we get at Tractor Supply.  We tried various snacks suggested for her species and some she didn’t care for.  She likes things she can easily pick up.  Mixtures or liquid type things (like yogurt or cottage cheese) do not appeal to her.  If her fruit is mashed up too much, she won’t eat it.  It has to be in pieces.  Broccoli slaw, fresh green beans, spinach, blackberries, raspberries, and kale are some of her favorite things.  Another favorite snack of hers is dried mixed fruit that they sell in the toddler section.  I just have to break it up into pieces that she can eat.  I make sure every meal is different so that she has a variety of colors/choices on her plate.  She eats off of a small plate, not out of a bowl.  We are still learning more each day about her various likes and dislikes.  She is willing to try almost anything.  Unlike most other birds, she doesn’t eat plain bread, but loves small pieces of cornbread or wheat tortillas.  Given that we are cruelty-free, we also eat a lot of meatless meats.  (These are also very high in protein).  Clarice loves tiny bits of the MorningStar bacon or Quorn chicken.  I have never found caring for her to be complicated.  In fact, it is fairly easy.  We eat pretty healthy so she just eats smaller versions of the things we eat.

Clarice now shares her large flight cage with two roommates…A stuffed puppy she has had since she was a baby and a small stuffed koala.  We have them sitting on both sides of her perch, so she has someone to snuggle with at night.  She is in a daily routine, 7 days a week, of being covered up at 8pm and uncovered when we get up in the morning.  When it is approaching her bedtime, she knows.  Whenever I get up in the middle of the night to check on the other animals or get something to drink, she always hears me.  There is no sneaking past her.  If I turn on a light, I will always hear “Clarice?”…As if she is making sure that it is me.  She waits for my response.  I will say “Hello, Clarice” and it sort of lets her know everything is OK.

I have always had a love for all animals.  I have rescued quite a few of them over the years.  But Clarice (in our hearts) is as much a part of things as a dog or cat would be.  In many ways, she is like a little person.  (She is far more intelligent than some people).  While I have always been an advocate for taking certain wild animals to rehab centers or going through professional rehab training for their relocation, we knew that did not apply to Clarice.  Unlike the squirrels, possums, and raccoons that we have rescued, she could not be taught the survival skills necessary to make it in the wild.  Not by us or a rehab center.  Our hearts and minds knew she would actually do best with us.  We love her dearly and she continues to amaze us every day.  Birds are just fascinating creatures!   A special thank you to Clarice and all feathered, fabulous beauties for making our world a more interesting place.

 photo 237.jpg“I want to fly like an eagle, to the sea.  Fly like an eagle, let my spirit carry me.”  ~ Clarice

*A Special Note:  Please do not ever remove any wild bird from their nest for the purpose of keeping them as a pet.  If you find a nestling out of its nest, try to locate the nest and put the bird back with its mother.  If a nest cannot be located or you have no idea where the bird came from, contact your nearest local wildlife rehabilitation center immediately.  Many of them have trained volunteers who foster these birds (and other animals) who come to them as orphans.  You can also look up local rehabbers, who have the setups to care for these animals in their homes.  They are best equipped to help these animals and ensure their best chances of survival.  So many people mean well, but if you have not been properly trained as a rehabber, your chances of keeping a bird or baby animal alive are slim to none.  Something as simple as handling a baby bird or animal improperly can kill them.  They also require around the clock care and most people cannot do that.  Do what is in the best interest of the animal.





Pet overpopulation is a huge crisis here in the U.S.  So are pet neglect and abuse.  Most people know better, they simply don’t bother to be the best pet parent they can be.  If you cannot or will not be able to provide proper (basic) care for your own pets (this includes spaying and neutering) you don’t deserve to have them.  Go get a cactus or something.

Animals require food, water, proper shelter from the elements (clearly living indoors is the best option here), veterinary care, as well as your love and attention. They rely on you to protect them and be their guardian, just like a child would.  Companion animals are family.  If you don’t see them as family, don’t bring one home. You are not worthy of the unconditional love that they have to give if you only see them as a mere object.  Animals have feelings.  While they may not express themselves in words, they feel the same range of emotions that we do.

If you have pets, it is your job to make sure they are safe and secure at all times.  Do not allow cats or dogs to roam freely.  When animals just wander around their neighborhood, it can appear as if they are homeless or that no one cares about them.  If you love your pets, certainly you do not want to give this impression.  Keep them indoors or behind a locked gate.  We live in a world where bad things happen to family pets.  People steal them from their own backyards (or front yards) and use them for bait animals.  Friendly, free roaming pets are a dog fighter’s dream come true.  Do you want your cat or dog ripped to shreds?  Stolen family pets are bought and sold via online classifieds every single day.  Animal control might pick them up, they can get run over, stolen, poisoned, abused/tortured or any number of bad things.  When you don’t keep pets confined to your property, you are putting their lives at risk.  Remember, it is better to have a fat cat than a flat cat.  Unfortunately, not all people are good people and not all neighbors are good neighbors.  Pets end up suffering horrible, unspeakable fates because their pet parents assumed they would be OK.

If it is too hot or cold for you (yes, you!) to spend the night out in the elements, it is too cold for them.  Do you see people bringing their plants indoors when there is a freeze warning?  Ding-ding…That is the common sense bell hitting you on the head.  Do not leave pets out in extreme heat, rain, or freezing temperatures.  If your dog relies on a dog house for shelter, it needs to be facing away from the sun or wind.  The house needs to be lined with blankets or hay and have a door to keep the rain out.  Do not tie up animals or chain them.  This is both illegal and cruel.  Living at the end of a rope or a chain shows that you have no regard for the well being of your pet.  Do you want to live your life on a chain?  Try it during the next rainstorm and tell us how you like it.  Use some common sense here and don’t be a dick.

All animals should always wear collars with name tags and your contact info.  *For cats, be sure and get a breakaway collar for their safety.  In case of an emergency or unforeseen situation, you want to make certain that your cat or dog can be identified and that you can be contacted.

For the love of God (or whomever you believe in) please SPAY AND NEUTER YOUR PETS.  There is no excuse in not doing this.  Shelters kill a healthy, loving, adoptable animal every 13 seconds!  Almost 3 million animals are killed each year because PEOPLE are both ignorant and irresponsible.  No, your cat and dog does not need to have at least one litter.  No, your child does not need to see the ‘miracle’ of your pet giving birth.  Instead, take them down to the local shelter and show them the dogs and cats who are on their way to the gas chamber…Or about to be stabbed in the heart with a needle.  Each of these animals senses their impending demise.  They are all terrified and they scream their heads off.  Every person who refuses to spay/neuter their pets or buys from a breeder (lower than a truck stop hooker or a school yard meth dealer) needs to witness the killing in their local shelter.  As long as there are animals walking the streets or sitting in shelters waiting to be killed, there is no such thing as a responsible breeder.  When the breeding stops, pet overpopulation will stop.


There are low cost or even free veterinary services (including mobile spay/neuter) for those who qualify.  Pets, just like kids, cost money to take care of and feed.  It is a lifetime commitment and not one to be taken lightly.  And just like with human babies, if you can’t feed them, don’t breed them!   When you take on the role of pet parent, you are essentially agreeing to be responsible for all aspects of their care.  Sadly, this is not something a normal, loving person should have to be told.  Please do not neglect or overlook a health issue your pet might be dealing with.  Often times, they suffer in silence because people are not paying attention.  Be mindful of their health and well being the way you would your own.

Many animals that are adopted or purchased (even for large sums of money) end up in shelters, on the side of the road, abandoned and left for dead.  People dump, give up, and rehome their own animals without a second thought.  (Refer to blogs on Pet Dumping and Sociopaths).  This is shameful, unacceptable and heartbreaking.  People who sell these animals only care about their profits, not about the lifelong guarantee of safety/well being for that animal. If everyone would spay and neuter and simply be responsible pet owners, we would not have literally millions of unwanted animals running the streets, sitting in shelters or listed in classified ads.  Let’s be responsible, put and end to the stupidity, and STOP THE BREEDING.













Quotes About Sociopathic People

Unfortunately, there is no delicate, positive, or politically correct way to address the damage that sociopaths do. Being politically correct usually means catering to those who choose to be offended by facts and want to remain disillusioned. It is always more comfortable to pretend that certain problems don’t exist. When you turn your back on those who need you to be their voice, you are almost ensuring their demise. Animals (and other people) are suffering and dying as I type this. The statistics are staggering, but they are preventable. If even a fraction of people would simply do something to show that they care, even part of the time, we could save countless lives and end a great deal of suffering. I have found myself crying, losing my appetite, throwing up, or barely being able to function because of the heartbreaking stories. These victims all have a face. Sometimes those faces are so pitiful that they are impossible to forget.  They just shake your whole foundation to the core.  If I were in a position to make laws, I would want anyone that abuses animals, children, or the elderly, stuffed into cages and pushed out to sea.  Just because someone is involved in animal welfare does not make them better emotionally equipped to process all of these sad stories. If anything, it is quite the opposite. I searched my soul for a way to put this information out there in a way that would reach everyone. They say to try to inject some sort of humor or positivity into every subject. In this, case that is just not possible. There is nothing funny about death or knowing that you are going to die, esp. at the hands of someone else. It is not in my nature to dance around any subject; certainly not one that I feel so passionately about. To cater to what others think or believe is not honoring myself and wouldn’t accomplish anything for animals. If you find yourself feeling offended by the reality of what goes on, then stop condoning it.




Being offended by something is so insignificant compared to the actual suffering that goes on. Learning the harsh truth is far less painful than being at the other end of a chain or a hook, let me tell you. If you want to place blame, start with those who are responsible for creating these awful stories and statistics. They are called sociopaths. Then look at yourself and ask what you are doing to make the world a better place and protect those cannot protect themselves?

Sociopaths are the biggest enemy in the world of animal welfare. They are actually the biggest enemy in our world, period. After years of researching this type of personality, it is hard to even refer to them as an actual person. They are lacking the sensitivity chip and the conscience that makes the rest of us normal. These are the people who kill animals (and often times other humans) for the sheer fun of killing…Because they can. There is no cure for being a sociopath. Locking them up is the only way to prevent them from hurting or killing someone. These slithering demons live among us. They drive the same roads that we do, probably work somewhere, they might have a family (scary) and likely vote (even scarier) while pretending to be perfectly normal. Sometimes blending in can be a struggle for them. Others can also be quite charismatic. At times they can even pretend to care, when it furthers their agenda or suits their needs. To create and prolong suffering is fulfilling to a sociopath. They take a life as easily as you or I would change the channel. As research and data have proven, people who hurt or kill animals are fully capable of doing the same to people. To date, all serial killers started with animals. That said, hurting these animals is no less of a crime than if they hurt a person. Suffering is still suffering. Murder is still murder. In a perfect world, sociopaths would not exist. They would be dropped off via helicopter among a family of hungry polar bears. If only we could pass a law to sterilize each and every one of them, it would help break this vicious cycle. As someone who believes in “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth” I believe that sociopaths who inflict pain and suffering on others (regardless of species) deserve to suffer the same fate. Only then will they be able to fully grasp the magnitude of the actions or the severity of the terror that they inflict. The only time a sociopath is concerned about suffering is when it happens to them. They often try to portray themselves as a victim to take the spotlight off of what they really are.

This topic cannot just be limited to those who hurt or kill domestic pets. Those who slaughter animals in factory farms every day fall into this same category as do those who run puppy mills, fur farms, or research laboratories. It makes no sense to only extend compassion towards a cat or a dog, yet overlook the calves ripped from their mothers, the chickens, pigs, cows, sheep, horses and goats that are slaughtered, hung up, skinned and/or de-feathered while fully conscious. We cannot forget the monkeys, rabbits, dogs, cats, mice and other species that are forced to live a lifetime in small cages with no sunshine or fresh air, while intentionally infected with various diseases, implanted with electrodes in their skulls or other places on their bodies. Imagine being dissected and screaming your head off, while someone in a lab coat stands there and takes notes. Sounds like a horror film, doesn’t it? If not rescued, these animals end up thrown in the trash like a used napkin, dead or alive. The never-ending torture they endure at the hands of sociopaths is something most of us could not fathom. Then you have those who operate fur farms that skin dogs, cats, raccoons, mink, foxes, chinchillas and any other species they can catch. They literally just grab these animals, cut them from end to end, and throw their skin and fur into a pile. The skinned animal goes into a separate pile where it usually takes them up to 20 minutes to die from shock. All of this happens while their cage mates look on in horror. Do you think your “faux fur” is not real animal fur? Unless it says synthetic (as in man-made) fur, it is made of an animal. Likely a cat, dog, or raccoon. Some might say these people “have to make a living”…There are numerous, respectable careers that one can embark on that do not entail the suffering, torture and murder of sentient beings. The kind of mind that it takes to do these kinds of jobs is not the kind of mentality that I want in my presence. These people are so desensitized by the grief, horror and pain that they cause, it becomes routine to them. While brushing our teeth is routine to your or I, slicing a cow’s throat and watching them bleed to death is routine to them. This means they are overlooking the blood, cries, screams, looks of terror and other signs that would make a normal person STOP.  All ethical, honest, and morally sound jobs should be respected. I just can’t find a way to respect people who run baby chicks through a grinder at an egg processing plant…Or beat and stab any farm animal that tries to run for its life. These people are seriously f*d in the head. As human beings, we should always strive to do the right thing.  It doesn’t matter what the people around you do or think.  At some point, you have to know how to separate right from wrong and act accordingly. Unless you are in a position where your life is in danger, there is no justifiable reason to kill an animal. If the tables were turned, they would never harm us the way the human race harms them. What does that say about our species? It says that too many sociopaths exist among us. To create unimaginable suffering is their contribution to our society. How noble.



There should be a National database to document and track those who are identified as abusers or murderers. If someone’s behavior indicates that they might be at risk for hurting others, they should be closely monitored. Even the FBI is now tracking these sorts of crimes in an effort to track the behavior of these violent offenders, esp. when they are children and young people. Many employers are taking this issue so seriously, that they are training their HR staff to watch for potential signs of a psychopath. Sometimes these signs can be spotted on a resume. When you have a sociopath, you usually have a narcissist as well. It pretty much goes hand in hand. The signs of this are fairly easy to pick up on. It would behoove us all to read up on this topic and arm ourselves with as much information as possible. Before you date someone, hire them or befriend them, you need to know who/what you are dealing with. In today’s world, not knowing or not making the effort to know has proven to be dangerous. Wake up. The same goes for voting…Don’t vote for a sociopath because that didn’t turn out so well, did it? Someone who has set fire to a dog is not exactly relationship or employee material. Just like someone who ate their dog as a child shouldn’t be running our country…And yet here we are in the worst shape we have ever been in. It all ties-in.

 “Ride The Lightening” Animal Abusers and Animal Killers.  You get reserved seating.  
 Trusting a known sociopath with so much as the care of a plant is a risk. It doesn’t matter if they were 5 years old or not when they did harm to an animal. At that age, we know what pain and fear are. What makes us normal is our ability to acknowledge how our actions (or lack thereof) affect others. This is something that has no impact whatsoever on a sociopath. They are essentially dead behind the eyes. You cannot reason with them. You cannot get them to “feel” compassion. They will order a pizza at a funeral. The tears they can manufacture are as authentic as a designer handbag from a flea market. And even when they do pretend as if they are sorry (usually for getting caught) they don’t have the ability to actually be sorry. Animals are defenseless. A sociopath being in charge of their care is like putting a known sex offender in charge of a daycare. Known sociopaths should be banned from ever having a companion animal in the home…Because the first time they opt to lash out, it will be directed at those who cannot fight back. Being a sociopath also entails being a coward.
 A dog can be emaciated and near death with no access to food or water, perhaps covered in snow and ice… An animal investigator will show up and try to evaluate the situation. A sociopath will tell them they didn’t know the dog was hungry or cold. They will blame it on someone else that should have fed the dog. They will say they were abused as a child, that is rained that morning, that they lost their job, or that the dog could have left and gone elsewhere if they were hungry or cold enough. Really? Chained to a tree in the rain and it is the fault of the animal for not somehow gathering the strength to break free and run for help. There is no end to what an irresponsible, indifferent person can come up with. It is all bovine excrement. If someone hurts, kills, neglects or abandons an animal, there is NO excuse. Those are NOT the behaviors of a normal and decent human being. Just because you ignore the suffering that you cause or that you subsidize, does not make it not so. People involved in animal welfare or animal rescue typically go around feeling deeply disappointed and resentful of most of the human population. The same goes for people who work in a veterinary office. For all the lovely, wonderful people they see who care for their companion animals, they experience a never-ending supply of mouth-breathers who couldn’t care less. The daily news for most folks consists of current events, stock market updates, traffic, weather, etc…For someone involved in helping animals, it is nothing but the most horrific stories of animal torture and abuse….Over and over and over. Every single day. Just when you think it cannot possibly get any worse or that a person cannot possibly be more twisted, they never seem to run out of sick ideas. More injured, abandoned, severely neglected, mutilated or dead animals. Stop and think for a moment about all the stories that no one knows about, that are never reported on or brought to light. Think about how many countless animals are suffering in unimaginable ways because no one cared enough to put it out there. Our society is lacking in kind-hearted people who always strive to do the right thing. We need more of these people. Therefore, it falls on the few that do care. Those folks stay overwhelmed to the point of physical, mental and financial exhaustion…All because of the sociopaths who exist in our society. They make everyone’s life a living Hell, esp. animals.

If you see an animal that is suffering on the side of the road or in a neighbor’s backyard, are you man or woman enough to say something? Will your moral compass steer you to at least pick up the phone and report it? Or would you go out of your way to grab them up and take them to the vet yourself? Would you even try? It doesn’t matter how busy or important you think you are…As human beings we are all supposed to do the right thing. When an animal is being neglected, tortured, abused or dumped, or abandoned, those are all prosecutable crimes. We live in a world where we have people putting live, unwanted pets in garbage cans and dumpsters for God’s sake! Thankfully, we have more Judges making examples out of these sociopaths and punishing them for their heinous acts. If every Judge would make an example out of every animal abuse or murder case that appeared in front of them, it would make a tremendous impact. Some people are just so far gone and nuts that the thought of a prison sentence will not deter them from causing harm. However, there are some that might pause and consider the consequences of their actions. It won’t change the fact that they are already bat-shit crazy. But it could potentially save some lives. That said, if you are old enough to pay taxes, order a beer, drive a vehicle, look out the window or dial a phone, you are old enough to report animal abuse or cruelty. I know someone who is an adult now, but reported the neighbor killing his dog when she was only 7. If a second grader can report animal abuse, certainly an adult can do the same. If someone were beating the crap out of you or had you chained to a tree, wouldn’t you want some help? If you were going without food, water or shelter for weeks on end, wouldn’t you be desperate to not only survive, but to have someone step up? We all feel hunger, grief, despair, depression, fear and terror the same, regardless of our species. Just because animals cannot express their feelings in the way that we can, doesn’t means those feelings do not exist. Their feelings do exist. To a sociopath, the feelings of anyone else are simply irrelevant. I get tired of people calling sociopaths things like disturbed or mentally unstable (you think?) or making excuses for them as if they are somehow unaware of their own actions. It makes the most sense to simply call them what they are. There is abuse, neglect and murder that goes on within all races, regions and social circles. But it is important to note that where poverty and lack of education exist are where these kinds of occurrences are more prevalent. In areas that are full of low caliber people is where you will find more cases neglect, cruelty, abandonment, pretty much zero spaying/neutering going on and just an all around vibe of ignorance. You do not have to be rich to be a responsible and loving pet owner. There are resources that will give away both services and food for those who need that kind of help for their pets. It is available in almost every major city. The problem is, many of these people simply don’t care about their animals or any animals enough to take advantage of these resources. So not only are they cruel, but lazy as well. – A combination that we all (esp. the animals) pay dearly for.

A sociopath is as dangerous as a life threatening illness and just as damaging as an environmental toxin. They are a walking, talking, ticking time bomb. If you know of one that is doing harm to either a person or an animal, make it known. Report it to the proper authorities or organization. If the authorities fail to act appropriately or in a timely manner, make your local news aware of the situation. Sometimes this is the only way to make people do their job. Put it on social media. Record it. Document everything. Take action and do something. When a life is hanging on by a thread, the most important thing is to act immediately and see to it that your report is followed up on. Too many animals have died because people did not take action quickly enough.

In talking to human victims of these types on a daily basis, the #1 question is “Why did they do this to me?” (Sadly, abused animals are wondering the same thing). It doesn’t matter why! No answer can justify the damage that these people inflict. They do what they do because they get some kind of sick joy from it, because they get away with it and because it gives them power over someone else. Whether they beat a cat to death with a brick or throw their own child down the stairs…It happened because somewhere along the way, no one took action. There are always signs. Usually parents are the first to see these signs and they opt to ignore them. Spouses look the other way. Just because someone brings you roses, it doesn’t justify them beating the family dog. Real men don’t hurt animals. Neither do real women. Normal, sane, loving people do not condone or participate in the suffering of others. Period. When someone is destined to become a serial killer, it is usually established within their brain by age 3. (Yes, 3). I read a book years ago about the various signs that parents saw and regretfully, did not act on. For instance, one woman said that when her 5-year-old son began biting the heads off of birds she knew something was probably wrong. Really, lady? What was your first clue? This man went on to be a serial killer with vampire-like tendencies. One of a million instances where taking action (instead of being in denial) could have potentially saved lives.

Sadly, we cannot label these heartless, spineless freaks with a bar code on their foreheads. What we can do is be aware of them and their actions. If you want to protect yourself, do not enter into a relationship with a sociopath. If you love animals, be the voice for animals who fall victim to sociopaths. The animals cannot speak, but you can. This is not a fun or easy subject. But it is reality. We have people who spray paint animals, dunk their heads in bleach, pour acid on them, use them for bait, force them to fight and them toss them into a dumpster, stab them, hang them, cook them, starve them intentionally, breed them until they are on the verge of death, force them to live out in the elements or in extreme filth, burn them alive, cut off their legs and let them bleed to death, throw rocks at them, drown them for being pregnant (as if this is the fault of the animal) or dump them on the side of the road where they will be hit by a car or end up dead from starvation. If you knew that someone did any of these things, would you want to live near them? Would you want them sitting in the cubicle next to you? Would you go on a date with them? What kind of sick f* would do things like this? A sociopath, that’s who. The more appropriate question is, what kind of sick f* would know about something like this and turn the other cheek?

A quick acknowledgement of all the sociopaths out there including neglectful and cruel pet owners, animal abusers, animal killers, animal hoarders, and animal breeders:   







Lastly, I will say that I believe in both God and Karma. I believe that God sees all and that people who hurt others will ultimately pay for what they did. With Karma, when you cause hurt and pain, you are pretty much ensuring that you will experience it yourself, in some way. Karma is kind of like a bank that you fill with your own good or bad deeds. What we do when no one is looking defines who we are. Saving a life when I will never get any credit or recognition for it is the kind of thing that I live for. I have never wanted attention for myself. I only want to get people to think about what they do and how their decisions affect others down the line. Based on experience, I know that sometimes the right message can inspire someone else to get involved in helping animals. That is the next best thing to saving a life! While I believe all of that, I know that there are not enough words, website space, or hours in a year to fully convey just how seriously sociopaths affect us all. Animals are more vulnerable than anyone to these cretins. At the end of the day, all the peace and love stuff that I believe in is not enough to overcome my own fear and disgust with this topic. Sometimes all the prayers, veterinary care, and years of working with an abused animal is not enough to overcome the damage that has been done to them. Their spirits are just plain broken. At the end of the day, I am just a human being. Sometimes the things I am forced to deal with on behalf of animals leaves me broken as well. And while I want to pray for these vile people, the other part of me thinks they should be tossed into the ocean for shark food, tied to a tree in the middle of nowhere, or dragged through 10 miles of broken wine bottles and salt.  Sociopaths who hurt and kill animals deserve nothing less. I hope they burn in Hell.

“Sociopaths will never answer to facts. 

They are too busy blaming or attacking those who call them out.”   

TE Sutton




Whenever I address any issues, I try to see the other point of view and wrap my head around different ways of thinking.  I also try to be as diplomatic as possible.  There are just times when being polite or tactful doesn’t always get the point across.  I believe this is one of those times.  Domestic animal dumping has become an out of control issue in this country.  Those involved in animal welfare at any level can confirm it is absolutely at an emergency level, as is pet overpopulation. It takes a toll on the animals being dumped and often contributes to their early demise.  Dumping doesn’t solve anything because animals will continue to breed (regardless of where they are) without being spayed or neutered.  In fact, this problem has become so out of control for me, on a personal level, that I have come to believe in the mandatory sterilization of most humans.  I am mostly referring to the people who lack the capacity to care.  – It is because so many people act without thinking.  They give no thought to how their actions are going to affect others down the line.  They make the most insane excuses (I could write a book on those alone) and none of those excuses are valid or acceptable.  At the end of the day, it is clear to me that many people lack the ability to make compassionate and rational decisions.  Dumping animals is the act of a sociopath.  When animals are being dumped, there is no thought given about their safety, lack of shelter, lack of a food/water source, or the fact that they are now disoriented and lost.  Few animals can find a way to survive this cruel and unacceptable act; most do not.

Over the years I have seen the horror and devastation that pet dumping brings.  There are simply no words to describe this barbaric act of cruelty or the issues that it creates. I have seen animals who have fallen victim to cruelty at the hands of people, who were completely emaciated and in some cases, hours from death because of the actions (or lack thereof) of other people.  For me personally, I have had to put up “walls” so to speak to keep people from trying to dump animals on me.  I had to remove myself from social media because it gave people a platform in which to contact me.  Then they resorted to contacting my family and friends in reference to dumping animals.  My own Dad removed himself from Facebook (before I did) because of this…Because people want to transfer whatever issue they could easily manage themselves, onto another person.  Not taking into account what the other person might be dealing with in their own life.  As anyone can see, I have provided sources on my own website for one to read up on if they need guidance on managing a feral cat issue.  I went so far as to write a book about the reality of what goes on in the world of animal welfare.  I spoke about animals that range from pets, to farm animals, to wildlife in an effort to inform people who want to learn more.  I have made myself available for years now to speak to any group about a number of animal related issues such a population control, how to care for companion animals properly, how to introduce new animals into the home, how to adopt the right animal for you and your family and even how to go about becoming a vegetarian or vegan while still getting a high level of protein.  -Yes, I actually create full meal plans for people.  We don’t know what we don’t know.  So we need to always be in learning mode and open to new information that might benefit us (or someone else) in some way.  At times, I have reached out to other people or rescuers asking for their advice on a particular issue.  The difference is, I never asked any of these people to handle something for me.  I know they are already have enough on their plate.  I was willing to do the work.  I was just looking for some insight or a different perspective.  We all have so many great tips that we have learned from experience.  When you are seeking information, I think people can always appreciate that and will have respect for you because it shows your heart is in the right place.

We do not own or operate a rescue of any kind.  Operating a rescue requires certain guidelines, setups, etc…None of which are present in our home.  It is just a home.  I simply love animals and have been blessed with a keen ability to communicate with them and work with them.  It is a blessing and a curse at the same time.  It is a blessing because I can tame the most wild feral cat (that is trying to hiss, bite and escape) and turn them into a loving, affectionate lap cat in a matter of hours or days.  My ability to do that has helped me to save a lot of precious lives.  To take these poor, forgotten members of The Animal Kingdom that society doesn’t help or take any responsibility for and turn their lives around is a true miracle.  One that most people wouldn’t bother to do if they did have my abilities.  It is what I live for!  That said, it can also be a curse because then people expect you to handle even the simplest issue that they (themselves) could resolve.  They don’t take into consideration that I might have more animals than anyone they know of, all permanent members of our family, all rescues, who require a lot of daily time and care.  No one has a clue what that entails.  They don’t give thought to the fact that people like me work (sometimes two jobs), have our own health problems (sometimes life threatening) or that we might be under a tremendous amount of stress with any number of our own issues.  We might have an ill family member.  We might have more work that particular week than we’ve ever had.  We might be maxed out financially because we just took several of our own animals to the vet.  I have experienced all of the aforementioned.  How our life, family and home are set up is by design and by choice.  Speaking of choice, it is also our choice to get involved when and how we are able to depending on what is going on in our lives at the time.  I am blessed enough to share my life with someone who is also as compassionate as I am.  As a couple, we take great pride in helping all kinds of animals.  We do everything from trap feral cats and tame them, to trapping raccoons and possums who need to be relocated to a safer environment for their species.  It has taken us many years to learn how do to all of this.  We didn’t get a book or a manual dropped off to us on how to handle every possible scenario.  We get absolutely no help.  We don’t have any magical “resources” that we can lean on.  But we see what needs to be done for the benefit and safety of these animals, so we just do it.  We live by the philosophy that helping those who cannot help themselves is the right thing to do.


My biggest disappointment with people is that sometimes an otherwise intelligent and nice person can often lack the ability to have a conscience…Towards both animals and other people.  Two of the biggest examples I can name are:  1)  Animal dumping…Anywhere.  2)  Contacting people like us (or our friends and family) about wanting to dump an animal here.  While I am always glad to provide instructions and tips on what they can do as a member of society, the reality is, people don’t want the tips.  They just want you (or me) to deal with whatever animal related issue it is so that they don’t have to bothered. – I call it like I see it and that is the truth about their motives.  I have been reduced to tears on many occasions where people calling didn’t even realize it…Then I hang up the phone because I feel helpless that I cannot save the life of every animal and also because so many people expect me to.  They sort of forget the fact that you are just a person.  Or that you have a life, other interests you might want to talk about or that you would like to hear from them for other reasons.  “Hey, how’s it going?  There is this cat (or dog)….”  My ears pretty much start ringing at that point and I realize that a genuine caring person would not make such an inquiry.  They could look up the information on what to do and handle it.  We are all busy.  We all have stress.  We all have families, jobs and homes/yards to maintain.   We are all sleep deprived a great deal of the time.  All of those things are just a part of daily life.  What people need to understand is that anyone involved in animal welfare (in any capacity) is already more overburdened…In pretty much every way you can name.  I want to make it clear that our own animals are never a burden.  They are our family.  We never wanted kids and our animal family is full of love and provides us all with a great deal of happiness.  However, we are always (and I mean always) doing things behind the scenes, sometimes at all hours, to help animals.  This requires a lot of time, physical effort and well as dealing with the emotions of it all.  It is not easy, folks.  Often times it can be exhausting.  I frequently pull animal related all-nighters and then have to work the next day.  We never mind being tired if it means saving a life.  What we do mind is when someone doesn’t take into consideration all the things we are already doing.  It makes me ask myself “What is enough?” on a daily basis.  This is rhetorical question by the way.  Who helps us?  Yet another rhetorical question.  *cue the crickets*


Over the years I have heard some pretty out-there things from people who say they want help with an animal, but helping is actually the furthest thing from their mind.  We are talking about grown people…Adults who drive, vote (scary), reproduce (even scarier) and probably work somewhere doing something.  Yet common sense eludes them when it comes to a cat in their yard or under their house.  Getting a proper trap (a worthwhile investment we have used to save countless lives over the years) is not a big expense or a corporate decision.  If someone can scrape together enough intelligence to master such complicated things like toilet paper and dental floss, they can most certainly set a trap.  They even come with instructions for those who can read.  The can of tuna might not have instructions on it, but a can opener is usually the best choice for opening those.  I say this because of the mouth-breathers of society who think nothing of making a phone call to say that there is a bird flying around in their garage…When opening the garage door will allow the bird to free itself.  Why is it necessary to make it someone else’s problem?  We have the internet and countless books, videos and available classes (for free) for those who want to learn (yes, actually learn) how to make a difference.  Personally, I have never attended a class.  But for newbies or beginners, any animal organization will send  information (again, for free) to help educate you.  Alley Cat Allies even offers phone webinars that you can attend.  Can you sit in front of your computer or dial a phone number?  Great.  Then you’re all set.  And you will be armed with enough information to know what to do when you see an animal in need.  We can never learn too much, esp. when it comes to being a better person.  Right?

One of the biggest misconceptions is that people involved in animal welfare don’t care about other people.  No, they simply look at the big picture and the long term of their choices.  They try to live a life by doing what is right and setting an example.  Whereas, animal dumpers and abusers do not.  Those are the people who don’t careAbout anyone.  Then, you also have people who say they love animals, but they go to such extremes with their efforts that they lose all credibility and are usually ineffective.  I can’t speak for people who say they love animals, yet they display radical behavior.  I don’t associate with people like that and cannot even relate to them.  I wrote a book about animal welfare in an effort to help both animals and people.  I did it because I do care.  In fact, I care so much that it hurts me when I see people making poor choices based on laziness or indifference.  Think about it…If everyone lived with the mentality that they didn’t have time to care, show compassion, or bother to help another living being, our world would be completely destroyed.  If not for the people that do care, we would have no order and would all be living like wild animals ourselves.  I believe in my heart that there are far more people who do care about others.  Those are the people I gravitate towards.  Those are the only kind of people that are welcome in my life, period.  The only problem is, those are the people are constantly overburdened, trying to make up for what others are not doing.  We all need to do our part.

For a living, I help people.  I take great pride in knowing I made a difference for someone who needed me.  My passion in life is helping animals.  It is nothing I will ever make a living with and do not intend to.  I do it because I want to.  Sometimes both worlds show me a dark side of people or of humanity in general.  I choose to believe that people have a choice.  What they do for others (or not) is a reflection of who they are.  For instance, we were dealing with a life threatening issue several years ago.  It turned our lives upside down and I was living on no sleep for months on end.  An elected official’s brother came up to me and said that he had some kittens in his garage, but he “released them to the cat people.”  Translation:   He turned them loose, here.  And no thought given to our situation at the time, our existing animals or the fact that it was the most difficult time in our lives.  I don’t recall us ever labeling ourselves “the cat people” nor do we wish to be referred to that way.  By making other people aware of these scenarios, I am hoping to open some eyes here.  That particular instance was a rude awakening for me.  In that moment, I realized that sometimes our own friends and neighbors weren’t as considerate as we had hoped.  And that after all the rescues and countless nights of doing more than our part, they had no problem derailing our efforts by opening that garage and turning loose a family of helpless kittens.  It was a selfish act of cruelty…Towards both people and animals.  One I have never forgotten.  It is once instance of many.  It is people like this who make us want to relocate to an undisclosed area with no immediate neighbors.

You cannot shame a sociopath.   There is no cure for their mentality and it is the most dangerous mentality on Earth.  You cannot ask them to think or to care about others.  Sociopaths only think or care when it comes to furthering their own agendas.  All you can do is call these people out for what they really are.  Many of them lead normal lives on the surface, but it doesn’t mean they are not still evil to the core.  Show me a sociopath that takes responsibility for their actions and apologizes and I will show you the turquoise, disco dancing unicorn living in my backyard.  Do not mistake these people for being strong, as they are actually very weak.  They are lacking the sensitivity chip that makes the rest of us normal.  Try holding a cat that is bleeding from the mouth and taking his/her last breath because they were dumped and hit by a car.  Try getting a dog that has been burned repeatedly with cigarettes and abandoned to trust humans again.   It takes compassion, love, common decency and never ending strength to do those things.  The day you dump an animal or mistreat one is the day your humanity dies.  Thank God there is no time limit on Karma.

“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”  ~ Albert Schweitzer

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I have provided a Q & A here for people who might fall into the potential pet dumper/sociopath category:

“There are two kittens here and my husband is going to shoot them if you don’t come get them.”

Your husband is an ignorant redneck.  Don’t let these poor kittens fall victim to someone like him.  Go online and inquire with local rescues, foster programs or shelters.  Many foster programs will put the kittens on display on weekends if you are able to keep them during the week.  In fact, they are more likely to help you adopt out these kittens if you try to help, too!  Also, find a new husband.  His behavior speaks volumes about who and what he is.  The fact that you would find stay with someone like this is both frightening and sad.

“My cat just keeps getting pregnant.  I don’t understand it.  How does this keep happening?”

Do you know what causes babies?  Human beings have access to birth control.  Animals do not.  Any animal, homeless or not, can either get pregnant or get another animal pregnant if you don’t spay and neuter them.  These services are available for free to those who qualify.  Mobile services are also available in most major cities and those are usually free as well.  Go online and inquire about it.  Or, take the animal to the vet to be spayed or neutered.  Then, make an appointment to do the same thing for yourself because if you don’t know what causes pregnancy, you don’t need to reproduce.  Remember, puppies and kittens are ALWAYS the fault of a human being, somewhere down the line.  One kitten can turn into 100 faster than you can imagine.  Oh, and please don’t vote in the next election.

“We are moving and we can’t take our animals with us.”

So they don’t allow animals in whatever city or state you are moving to?  Right.  This should not even be an issue.  You don’t have animals for months or years and just dump them because you decided on a new apartment or location.  I lived in an apartment before…With 2 dogs, a cat, 3 birds and an aquarium.  You simply select a pet friendly apartment.  But under no circumstances (unless you are in the military and going on a tour of duty) should you try to dump your animals on other people.  People in animal welfare have heard so many ridiculous explanations and stories for so long.  They aren’t buying what you are selling and inwardly they think you are as low as it gets.  If you wouldn’t put your kids or grandmother on the curb or at a shelter, don’t do it to your animals either.  Animals are family.  Like with kids, they are a lifelong, package deal.  Wherever you go, you take them with you.  Period.

“If I can’t get rid of all these cats around my office, I am just going to put out bowls of antifreeze.”

Was Ed Gein your father?  Please tell me you don’t have kids.  Congratulations, you are a full blown psychopath.  Animal abuse or neglect is a crime.  It is also an indicator that you are not safe around other human beings.  This is not a solution.  Animals die an excruciatingly painful death when they are poisoned.  Would you drink Drano?  Well, if this is your idea of a population control solution vs. using resources that any of us have access to, then maybe you should.  Go find a unicorn and play leapfrog with it.  After you are done, find a brick or a rock and hit yourself in the head with it repeatedly.  Lastly, gargle with some broken glass.  Then, you will have a glimpse of what a poisoned animal goes through internally when they are dying.

“I am going to shoot this dog if it comes in my yard again.”

So you want to murder an animal?  Who owns the dog?  If there is no owner to speak to, contact animal control if you are too lazy to drive the animal to a local shelter.  A dog in your yard isn’t there to intentionally make you angry or be a nuisance.  Truly.  They are either lost, hungry or both.  If they are lost it could be that someone is looking for them.  Put up a few signs, place a free ad online and make an effort to get them off the streets as soon as possible.  As a human being, you (unlike animals) have the ability to rationalize.  Well, some of us do.  At any rate, keep in mind that no animal wants to be lost or roaming the streets.  They want shelter, food and for someone to care.  Period.  Pretty simple.  Now, about you…Stop playing Goodbye Horses and go check yourself into Shady Pines.

“There is a family of cats here by my house.  Between my kids and my job I am just too busy to help them.”

Sounds like you won’t make the time or just want someone else to do it.  Either set a trap if you cannot touch them and then transfer them to a carrier one by one.  If they are friendly, but just scared, you can offer them some food and gain their trust that way.  Animal control will let you borrow a trap.  Many feed stores and local organizations will let you rent one.  Tuna never fails.  We work full time and have trapped many cats this way.  It is possible to maintain a job, responsibilities and set a trap.  Maybe they are not your cats and you resent having to help them.  But we can never do too many good deeds in a lifetime.  It won’t kill you to do something kind to save a life.  But it does make you look like a jerk when you assume that your job is somehow more important than another person’s or when you just expect them to do it for you.

“How do I get ahold of ___?  I hear they love animals and there is this ___ here that needs help.”

If someone wanted you to have their number, they would give it to you.  If you are without the info. to contact a particular person, there is probably a reason why.  You are looking for a place to dump an animal.  And just because someone loves animals, you assume they have an entire sanctuary, ark or zoo a their disposal.  If an animal needs help, then help them.  Be a responsible adult and just do it!  Keep in mind that calls like this represent who you are and your overall character.

“Where does ____ live?  I am going to drop off this _____ in front of their house because I don’t want it here.”

You are a stalker.  This is not the question or the thought process of a normal person.  I repeat, no normal, well meaning person would even go there.  People like you are the reason many households have cameras, security systems and other means of protecting themselves.  I would also like to add that someone who goes out of their way to dump an animal at someone else’s property (or nearby) is not only void of a conscience, but they are also a huge coward.  *Animals that are dumped usually get run over because they are so out of their element and afraid.  Dumping in both city and rural areas are almost always an automatic death sentence for any animal.  People like you make me wish they would bring back the guillotine.

“My cat peed on the floor.  I am going to get rid of it.”

Your cat is not an “it.”  Your cat is a he or a she…A living, breathing creature with feelings.  A cat that likely has a health issue.  We all have health issues, animals included.  I am sure you wouldn’t want someone dumping you in a parking lot or shelter because you were not operating at full capacity.  A cat going outside the litter box is usually experiencing urinary, bladder or kidney issues.  They cannot raise their paw and tell you in words where they hurt.  They do all they know how to do to show you what is wrong.  It is your responsibility to seek out the help of a veterinarian.

“I have allergies.  I have to get rid of my cat (or dog) so help me find him a home.”

I have allergies, too.  Every day of my life for all my life.  Yet I have animals, work in my yard, dust my furniture and I’m still alive to tell about it.  I take over the counter medication for it.  They also have a vast array of products that eliminate pet dander.  They have shampoos, wipes, sprays, etc…Pollen is far more aggravating than pet dander to most allergy sufferers.  There are rare cases when people are allergic to some kinds of animals.  But when it comes to a simple, low cost solution that would enable most people to keep their pets, they don’t want to bother.  If you truly are one of those rare people that cannot be around animals, you know that upfront.  You have likely known it for years.  You don’t have a cat or dog for 5 years and then suddenly decide you or your child are allergic to them.  That doesn’t even make sense.

“My wife wants me to get rid of my dog.  I love my dog and we have been together for years.  But I am trying to keep peace.”

When did this become an issue?  Because someone who loves you would have enough love in their heart for both you and your dog.  People that come into a relationship with pets are a package deal.  Just like when they already have kids.  “Love me, love my dog”.  It is about control.  Perhaps in an effort to prove how much you love them by getting rid of your faithful canine companion?  When we love someone, we don’t ask them to do things like this.  We don’t want to cause them hurt or grief.  In fact, how people treat animals is a huge indicator of how they will treat us, especially in a relationship.  There are lots of people in this world who love animals and will love you, too.  I would never marry someone who placed such demands on me.  In fact, I wouldn’t even date them.  Your wife sounds really insecure if she is jealous of a dog.  Sad.

“Cats need to have at least one litter because it keeps them from getting cancer.”

An amoeba is smarter than you.  You are reducing the risks of numerous potential health issues by spaying or neutering your pet.  You are helping to control pet overpopulation and keep unwanted kittens & puppies (that you likely won’t care for anyway) into this world.  There is not one documented case or instance on this planet (yours might be a different story) that supports such a theory.  Ask your veterinarian or vet tech.  Then go to your local nursery and adopt a plant…Like a cactus or something.  -Which will also be smarter than you.

“I don’t know what to do with all these puppies.  They aren’t mine anyway.  I’ll just drive out to the country and let some nice person there deal with them.  They have more space than I do.”

So because someone has a bigger property than you do, you believe you have the right to dump animals on them?  Your way of resolving this is to just push baby animals out of a vehicle and drive off?  Whether you are talking about a baby animal or adult animal, you are setting them up to die.  In rural areas there are often times coyotes, bobcats, huge barn owls, etc…Predators that love to eat house pets.  Also, friends of mine who live in rural areas sometimes have as many as a dozen animals dumped by their homes in a month.  This tells us there are a lot of sick minds out there.  A total lack of accountability.  Keep in mind that when do this, someone might mistake you for a would-be burglar or trespasser, esp. for those of you that like to dump animal in the middle of the night.  Taking those animals to an appropriate facility is the best and safest choice for those animals.  It might be the safest choice for you, too.

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