Why Did You Leave Me Behind?

Reblogger Marte Cliff
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Shiela says nothing angers her more than finding an animal abandoned by its family. I agree - that and torturing them both make me want to do bodily harm to some human.

I worked in rescue for about 5 or 6 years and had my heart broken with regularity.

On the other hand, there were times that warmed my heart - when we were able to reunite a lost dog with its family. The unabashed joy was at least partial payment for the heartbreak of seeing dogs suffering.

These animals are so loyal to us - they don't deserve the treatment that humans inflict upon them.

My kids (Suzie, Pepper, and Ralph) are all rescues...and I'm very thankful for each of them.




I can think of little else that ANGERS me to the point of actually wanting to PHYSICALLY HURT someone more than finding an animal that has been abandoned by humans who once were its' caretaker.

I have been in real estate for over 20 years, and virtually all of that time been specializing in REO, bank foreclosures and distressed properties. I have been in THOUSANDS of abandoned properties, from the most modest mobile homes to the most lavish multi-million dollar mansions, and they all have one thing in common: people. REAL PEOPLE were once in them living real lives, with real children and real toys, sleeping in real beds, laughing at real supper tables, and real family pets running through the house and in the yard...

http://www.foreclosurepets.org/When we arrive on scene to MANY of these properties that folks have left, we are astounded to find what they have left behind. We can find everything from family photos to nice antique furniture. But the absolute worst is an abandoned pet! .  I wonder how anyone could ever leave a part of their family behind like that? One of the abandoned pets I found was a young dog. If we hadn't come a long, would he have died before someone took him home with them? He was tied to post with no shade, no water and no food.. It was in the summer and the temperatures were in the 90s... One of my buyer's agents took him home to love.. She named him "Mojo" .. He has made a great addition to her family


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Gay E. Rosen
Julia B. Fee Sotheby's International Realty - Larchmont, NY
As Real as Real Estate Gets!

I am crying just reading it.. I cannot stand animals being abused....

Apr 16, 2011 12:02 PM #1
Kristine Ginsberg
Elite Staging and Redesign, LLC - Short Hills, NJ
NJ Home Stager

I'm so  happy to see this post re-bloged several times. It is such an outrage and needs to be brought to the public's attention and addressed now! Thanks Marte, for doing your part to spread the word. Pet sare loving creatures who have come to depend on people for survival and it's time we become " Dog's Best Friend!"

Apr 16, 2011 12:04 PM #2
Shirley Soforic
F. C.Tucker co. - New Palestine, IN

I can not stand to see the animals abused or abandoned.  What is wrong with these people who can abandon animals like a piece of furniture.  They must have a part missing. 

Apr 16, 2011 12:37 PM #3
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Marte, I have written a blog about Prevention of Animal Cruelty every day on AR, as April is the month for focusing on it. I have personally fostered, or gotten adoptions for several pets that people couldn't be "bothered with" as they were moving. I had one wolf-mix named Caine that I only had for two short weeks (before I found out he had kidney failure and had to be put to sleep), but it was the first time he'd been inside a  house in several years. He was so regal, even though he was completely emaciated. I was so DAMNED mad at this owner, but I didn't know the situation til I had agreed to list his property and came out for the first time to see it and take pictures. I got the property sold to wonderful friends of mine (!) who changed the very bad energy of that place and he got the heck out of our town!

(Caine at a much younger and healthier stage of his life)

Apr 16, 2011 12:42 PM #4
Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner - Anderson, SC
Selling the Upstate since 1989

Thanks for the re -  blog!! I really appreciate you helping get the word out!

Apr 16, 2011 02:38 PM #5
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Gay - Me either - I don't understand how anyone can do that, but... people also abuse their own children.

Kristine - You're right - people do need to be aware. If nothing else, they should be keeping a look-out when a neighbor's house becomes vacant.

Shirley - I agree, they must have a part missing.

Gayle - How wonderful for Caine that the final weeks of his life were spent being loved.

Shiela - I'm glad to help with that. And I'm glad to know about this organization.

One of my own dogs, Pepper, was found tied behind a house where I later learned another dog had starved to death. He was one of 4 and he barked so much that the neighbors called the police - and they called us. I'm sure it was him who saved them all, because he's a very vocal guy.

This was not a foreclosure situation - a woman lived in that house but couldn't be bothered to take food or water to the dogs tied to trees in back. She said they were her daughter's dogs and not her responsibility. Later we found out she doesn't even have a daughter.


Apr 16, 2011 06:34 PM #6
Karen Bernetti
Southington, CT

This is a great post Marte - I don't know how people could just leave a pet behind like that.  I can certainly understand not being able to keep a pet - but why can't they at least take it to a shelter? 

Apr 17, 2011 04:46 PM #7
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Karen - I know we can never say never - but I think if I lost my home I'd find somewhere to go where my pets could go too. Maybe I feel confident because I have friends and family who love my critters almost as much as I do. I know they'd keep them temporarily while I figured it out.

I love that some rescue groups are now offering to place dogs and cats in foster homes while their humans find a suitable home and the pets can rejoin them.

But as for people who abandon their pets - in addition to having no heart, I wonder if the reason is money. Some shelters charge a "turn over" fee. Others simply won't accept more pets if they're full.

This is probably why our shelter often found strange dogs locked in an outdoor kennel - and why one hot summer morning the workers arrived to find two cocker spaniels in plastic crates outside the door. The people probably assumed we wouldn't take them if they asked politely - or that we'd demand payment.

To give those people who abandon animals the benefit of the doubt... Another reason could be that they believe if they leave them behind someone will find those pets and give them a home, but they might be doomed to death in a shelter. I'm not sure how they can be found in time if they're tied in a back yard or locked in a house, but people don't always think straight.


Apr 17, 2011 05:52 PM #8
Cheryl Powell - The Powell Team
Southern Homes of The Carolinas - The Powell Team - Harrisburg, NC
Concord,Harrisburg & Charlotte NC Area Real Estate

My heart goes out to pets everywhere who are abandoned or abused. Our pets treat us far better than most owners treat them.

Apr 19, 2011 02:00 AM #9
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Cheryl - You're so right. We humans need to learn to be half as good as pets at friendship, loyalty, and care-giving.

Apr 19, 2011 11:10 AM #10
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Marte,  I don't know how anyone could leave a pet behind.  It both saddens and angers me.    Animals are such loyal companions.  The dog tied to the post in the hot sun with no food or water was just waiting for his owner to come back.  Heartbreaking.

Apr 19, 2011 03:26 PM #11
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
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Elyse - It can break your heart if you let it. Instead you have to focus on what you can do. When I worked in rescue people used to say "Why do this? You can't save them all." My answer was always "No, but I can save the ones I see."

Apr 19, 2011 04:29 PM #12
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