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Kittens!

So you took in a severely neglected stray that turned out to be pregnant. You now have five adorable kittens that need to be given away. In what manner do you do so?

Do you get them their first shots and charge the adopter for it in a fee?

Do you leave them unvaccinated and just give them away to whoever wants one?

Do you drop them off at the Humane Society?

What questions do you ask about how they're going to be raised?

Do you form a contract saying that they must have the kitten altered in X amount of time or they must surrender it? Is that legal and enforceable?


Based in real life. Both my mother and one of my friends think it's an absolutely insane and ridiculous idea to vaccinate the kittens and just charge the cost as an adoption fee. But I don't want the kittens going to someone who isn't going to vaccinate and alter them anyway, so wouldn't those people not care about paying a fee for vacced kittens?
You're petsitting an animal at your own home in an open-ended way. It's as a favor to someone who is headed out for town for anywhere from a week to a month. The owner has left you some food, but not enough for the whole time. The food they left is really poor quality, probably because they don't have much extra to spend. Do you have an obligation to feed the poor quality food to the animal the entire time? Would it be okay to share the food you normally buy for your own pets and work it slowly into their diet?

Jun. 24th, 2010

A somewhat elderly man whose feet are always in pain brings his young husky to the dog park. The man sits on the bench at the gate, and lets his dog run loose. The husky sometimes latches on to one dog and humps it the whole time, and since the man can't see his dog and it hurts him to walk, he doesn't intervene. The dog is otherwise friendly and playful. It poops multiple times while he's there and its always diarhhea (it sticks to his butt-fur), and the man can't see it/can't go pick it up.

Is it okay for the elderly man to bring his high-energy dog to the park to wear him out since the man presumably can't walk him, or is it rude to the other park goers?
Royal Dandies and other "Designer" miniature piglets: creepy, acceptably awesome and adorable, ridiculous and immoral, or other?

To add another pet or not

You have several pets currently. All are well-cared for, vetted, spayed/neutered, and so on. Four people live in your home - yourself, your SO, and two other adults. You and your SO are the sole providers for the home, and everything in it (say the adults are adult children living at home while they attend college). You provide all the care for the pets. You'd like to adopt another pet from a rescue. One of the other adults is dead set against it. 

When you're filling out the application and they ask if everybody in the house wants the dog, do you lie and say yes? Do you schedule the home visit for a time when that adult who is against the adoption is out of the house? 
A dog gets out of its yard and, while it's free, it attacks and maims a human being. Does the dog's owner bear more responsibility if s/he trained the dog to be aggressive versus simply not properly training and socializing the dog?

Dearly Departed Quibbles

Sooo. No sooner had I commented on the last post but a question popped into my head. Last year my mother-in-law's cat passed away. He was cremated and put in a little jar, which my MIL wanted to keep on the mantle. My brother-in-law, who is squeamish as hell on the subject of death anyways, thought this was unbearably creepy and wanted the cat in the ground and out of sight. They compromised. Sammie sits on MIL's dresser, out of sight of the BIL but still in the house.

My question is what do you think is the proper way to deal with conflicting opinions about taking care of a pet's remains? Lots of pets have multiple people in their lives, all very attached to them. If several people have strong but different desires for the remains, who wins? The owner? The primary care-giver? The person who paid the most pet-related bills? The person who seems most upset? The person with the most conventional opinion? Other?

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A Discussion on Oreo's Law

For those that are unaware of Oreo's Law or it's backstory, it happened after a dog named Oreo was thrown off a six floor Brooklyn roof top and rescued by the ASPCA, who nursed her back to health. After recovery the ASPCA deemed Oreo aggressive after temperament tests and the decision was made to euthanize her despite another rescue group offering to take her in and rehabilitate or in  the case that she could not be, care for her for the rest of her natural life. They were ignored and Oreo was destroyed.

Due to the following public outrage legislators have since tried to introduce a bill that will allow rescue groups to provide alternatives to shelter euthanasia in situations such as these. This is of course the tl;dr version. More info can be found at yesonoreoslaw.com/ and petsalive.com/ .

Discussion:
Do you support Oreo's Law? Why or why not?
Do you feel there are any negative things that could happen from this becoming legal?
Would you adopt a dog or an animal that was deemed aggressive by your shelter but deemed rehabilitated by another?