of us always have room in our hearts for either lost animals
or animals that aren't taken care of by their owners. Any
animals from either of these two groups pull your heart
apart when you see them on the street. Underfed, thirsty,
lost, emotionally ripped apart because they either don't
have roots or don't have someone that they can relate to.
We witness them being chased either by other animals or
humans. Then, if this is not bad enough, we then see these
poor lost souls maimed or killed on our highways and streets.
They come to our houses begging for food, companionship,
water, and shelter. Most of us, without thinking, respond
because we know how desperately they need help. Even though
we respond to their needs there is a devastating side to
this situation that most people do not take into consideration.
This article is being written for you kind souls that help
these animals in distress, but you have animals yourself.
that come to your door, that have owners who let them run
loose, usually do not have their inoculations. Just by the
fact that the owners do not care enough to what happens
to their animals by letting them run loose is an indication
that they also do not take care of their animals medically.
It goes without saying that the real strays do not receive
any inoculations at all. Even if your animal has gotten
all their shots there is no guarantee that they cannot contract
diseases (sometimes fatal diseases) from the outside animals.
An outside animal does not even have to have direct contact
with yours to spread a deadly disease. You can bring it
into your house by coming into physical contact with the
stray and in turn now your animal gets it. Besides for the
diseases that you can bestow on your loved pet you can also
transmit worms to them. How? If the stray brushes against
you and there are worm eggs on his/her body, mouth, etc.
you will then, through physical contact, spread them to
your pet. It is so bad that if the stray has a transmittable
disease all you have to do is walk where they have walked
and it is now on your shoes. You walk into the house and
you have become the carrier.
some seriously good advice, do not feed or associate yourself
with "strays". What they carry could bring death or disabilities
to your own animals. I know it is hard to turn your back
on them because they are not as fortunate as your own animals
but if you truly love your pets don't bring Mr. Death into
those of you who cannot resist helping the poor and unfortunate
in need please take the advice listed below very seriously
- your animal's life depends on what you do!
try and take the found animal immediately to the veterinarian.
2. when you get home
completely get undress outside the main living area where
your pet resides. Place all outside clothing in a plastic
bag and seal it up. First chance you get wash them.
3. wash yourself thoroughly
before you touch your animal or anything else your pet may
come in contact. Remember if you touch an area that someone
else in your house could touch and then they touch your
pet this area must be cleaned because they now have become
4. take bleach an thoroughly
clean your shoes off with it
you cannot get the animal to a vet setup a guaranteed area
and the above rules apply every time you are in contact
with the found animal.
by Neal Seaman