Overloaded college students turn to Facebook to give away pets
College students do too much. Theyre in a unique part of “peoples lives” hopping from class to class, balancing internships and part-time undertakings. They have an infinite quantity of student organizations at their fingertips and somehow find time to live by a social calendar. On top of all these commitments, the fact that some of them can manage owning a pet is a mystery.
The truth is many find out they cant. But that doesnt stop the romantic idea from forming. A roommate speaks the believed into the air, it gets momentum, and becomes a doable potential in everyones heads”I can totally skip class to walk the dog so he doesnt chew up my shoes again, ” or “sure, I can eat Ramen to afford a trip to the veterinarian this month.”
They often end up at an animal shelter, having made a pact on the car ride there that they wouldn’t walk out with a pet. Before they know it, they’re on their way home with the furriest member of their tiny, student apartment household.
University of Texas student Kendal Tieu and her three roommates found themselves in a similar situation in October when they heard about a free adoption weekend at the Humane Society in Austin, Texas.
I wanted one but I knew realistically it wasnt a good notion. It was just kind of a spur-of-the-moment thing, Tieu told the Daily Dot.
Once they set eyes on a three-month-old black lab pup named Maggie, they were sold.
But after a couple of weeks of Maggies messes and pent-up energy from not being able to go outsidedue to their complex’s policy barring them from owning pets and the puppys lack of a parvo vaccinethe roommates were forced into a corner.
The group decided it would be best to return the dog to the Humane Society. They tearfully drove Maggie back that afternoon.
Tieu and her roommates are barely the only students who have experienced such a predicament. Countless pet postings are shared on UT Pets, a Facebook page that are linked pet fans and owneds who attend the University of Texas. The group features everything from pet-raising tips, veterinary care suggestions, and cute pictures of animals. Students who find themselves incapable of keeping a pet turn to the page to post informal adoption notices, often shaking up this animal-protective community.
Just today, UT Pets is ripe with 423 postings for petsthe majority of them students needing to give away an animal.( Some are pet supplies on sale .)
Even if these people were irresponsible, theyre going to have to give up the pet somehow, said Kelsie Grimes, founder and administrator of UT Pets. I would rather have it going to see a responsible UT student than just go to a shelter where you never know whats going to happen to it.
Its not hard to be seduced by the benefits of owning a pet. Having a furry buddy to take on refreshing walks has a therapeutic consequence on your average, stressed college child. Those survey breaks run a long way to maintaining mental health and wellness. When tragedy ten-strikes, pets are a useful friend to have around. Eighteen percentage of college students reported that their pet has enabled them through a difficult time, according to a research study at Ohio State University. The top reason students quoth as being the most useful part of owning a pet is that it helps counter loneliness.
University of Texas sophomore Madison Holloway feelings the same style about her puppy.
When I come home and Im having a bad day or Ive merely bombed a test and I walk in through the door, hes just so happy that Im back. Holloway said. He doesnt even care. He simply wants to cuddle and play. Its kind of the best thing ever, having something unconditionally love you.
Having a lighter schedule than usual this semester, she determined she would have the time necessary for creating a puppy. At the end of Christmas break, Holloway satisfied Finn, a six-week-old Australian shepherd puppy, who is now an 11-week-old Instagram celebrity.
We induced him an Instagram and we started taking him places around campus and taking cool pictures of him and then posting it to it, Holloway said. A few weeks and 34 photos afterward, Finn garnered a 2,215 -person following. All these students are watching Finn grow up online.
Holloway has nailed the balance between student life and being a pet mother, budgeting an extra $150 every month and planning infringes throughout her day to come home and check on Finn.If you have to regularly balance a busy schedule and are holding owning a pet, keep these warns in intellect 😛 TAGEND
“If you have a giant block scheduledont get a puppy. It wont work out well for him, ” Holloway said. “Hell be unhappy, he wont get enough exercising and everything.”
It’s also helpful to research the breed ahead of time, according to Holloway. If you’re an active person, it’s safe to get an active puppy. If not, then you’ll risk not being able to keep up with your dog’s exercising needs.
But it’s not all about considering the pet. After owning Maggie as a college student, Tieu said research and communication between people sharing a space is the big problem students don’t consider.
“If you live with roommates you guys should talk it out more, ” Tieu said. “Even if youre simply by yourself, if youve never had a puppy before or perhaps youve had a puppy but your mothers mainly took care of it, you should do more research beforehand just so you know what youre getting yourself into.”
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