Most of the time though it is YOU who need to be looking out for your animals. I have written here in the past about animal cruelty and neglect, but I keep seeing horror stories that make me want to keep reminding people.
There is something we all need to consider when taking an animal into our home. Are we able to care for it? Do we have the time, the energy, the space, the money, the desire that is necessary to be guardian for a cat or dog or other animal? (A very large dog, for example, is not going to have enough space in a tiny apartment). If the answer is no, than proceeding with bringing an animal into your home is inviting neglect, even if that is not our intention.
Yesterday I saw a dog tied up outside a cafe while his caretaker was inside enjoying a nosh. Poor little thing was crying and looking oh so sad. Seems like maybe the dog would have been better off being left at home where at least he would have been in familiar surroundings.
Neglect and abandonment are the most common forms of companion animal abuse here in the United States. Many studies have found a link between cruelty to animals and other forms of interpersonal violence.
Think before you bring an animal home. If you decide you cannot keep an animal you already have, look for a home where the pet will be well cared for or call you local animal shelter. Do NOT just abandon the animal. If you see abuse or neglect, report it! Get involved. Care.