‘NO’ room for pets!Views — By Neha K Kulkarni on May 1, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Woof! Woof! He wags his tail, circles around me and follows me around the house. Right across from my house I hear a Meow! and I can visualise my neighbour’s cat purring and propping on her lap.
The recent spat between pet owners and housing societies, have angered the pet owners as well as the animal lovers in the city. Both the groups feel they are right in their place, but why should the poor animals suffer?
Once you have a pet at home, it becomes an inseparable part of your family. It is like a child that never grows. Banning pet from one’s house is like taking the child away from its parents. Such a heartless act, don’t you think so?
When you child miss behaves or people come up to your doorsteps complaining about you child acts, what do you do? Abandon the child or take measure so that the event doesn’ occur?
Now the non-animal lovers would quip in with, “Oh! My neighbour’s dog poops everywhere and it stinks!” or “The lift is filled with my neighbours’ dog hair!” Ok animal lover, before you say anything…take a deep breath and think about these statements. We expect people to treat animals with respect but we fail to accept the fact that some people are uncomfortable around animal. I know shooing animals is not the solution. But these people are sometimes worried about being bitten by pets or some are even allergic to them.
Now tell me, don’t you clean up after your child? So if pets are like your children then why not clean up after them as well? There are just few pointers to follow and I’m sure all of your would agree to them.
Carry scrap paper or bags with you when you take your pet out. If you are using the elevator, while exiting check whether there is any mess to be cleared. Always keep your pets on leash, so that the people around are not threatened by your pets.
Well, the non-animal lovers..there are few things that you need to consider too. Pet owners have a special bond with their pets. Separating them or expecting then to give up on them its fair.Do not boycott animals, they are the most innocent and loving of all living beings around. So much so that they have been cases when people have come out of depression through animal therapy. They have been a great companion for those who have no one around. It is important to remember that for a huge population out there, they are more than just a four-legged animal tied by a leash. Respect this and I’m sure most woes will end right there.
When a situation could be sorted by some co-operation by the animals lovers and other, then why resort to extreme measures of banning the pets?
Life is simple, let’s not complicate it…don’t you agree?