College students abandon pets as they leave campus

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Many university graduates who had once doted over pets are abandoning cats and dogs as they leave campus, leaving the pets to the mercy of volunteer caregivers.

Many dogs and cats are abandoned after their owners lose the excitement they had felt when they had first got a pet and may then come to recognize just how much work and energy it takes to raise an animal, Gong added.

The increasing number of stray pets on campus has proved a headache for administrators.

“Their numbers increase every year when students are about to graduate,” said Gu Jie, a logistic worker at Southwest University of Political Science and Law, who often feeds homeless cats and dogs on the campus.

She said university workers recently expelled some dogs to make the campus safer.

Chen Mingcai, head of the Association of Small Animal Protection in Chongqing, said the number of abandoned pets has increased on campuses because many students have recently taken a fancy to the idea of keeping a pet and are unaware of how large a responsibility they would be taking on by having one.

Some students exchange pets as gifts or symbols of love. But the fun often ebbs away when the owners are under pressure to finish dissertations and find a job, he said.

Read more from China Daily

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College Students, Have you thought it through?

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Anyone can own a cat, but it takes a very special cat lover to go through the trouble of keeping one in an apartment or small house during the college years. If one bothers to get a cat while in college, I think it’s the real deal.

Also, I think college students get a bad reputation for abandoning pets at the end of a semester or upon graduation. If you’re not serious about owning a pet for life or making additional arrangements when you can no longer do so, please do not waste your time. When you commit to owning a cat, you need to be willing to give up to 20 years of your life for him (assuming he is a kitten when you become his owner). If you’re in college, then yes, this cat could very well be part of the package that your future spouse gets when he or she marries you! Your kids will meet this cat if you keep him in good health. So be serious! If you can’t commit, don’t mess with a cat’s life. How would you like to be abandoned?

April Tubbs, an adoption screener at Pet Rescue By Judy in Sanford, Fla., said students often don’t realize the level of commitment that owning a cat requires. A full-time class load, mixed with changes in housing and roommates, sometimes leads to disaster or neglect.

“If anything, just think carefully before you decide to adopt,” she said. “Really consider the cost and your lifestyle and if adding a pet to the mix is the best idea.”

Use our blog as a guideline to better understand your cat and know when something is wrong.And read more from Lindsay Weaver

Moving To Australia With Pets

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Thankfully, many people have safely moved their dogs and cats to Australia, and there are plenty of resources and professional pet move specialists available to assist. If a move to Sydney lies ahead and you’d like to bring your furry family member along with you, here are a few tips to get you started.

Start Early and Research the Requirements

Pet owners moving to Sydney should start planning their relocation at least 6 to 12 months before they intend to relocate. Because it’s a complicated process, err on the side of caution by enlisting the help of an expert as soon as you know you’re moving in order to avoid any costly missteps.

Take Advantage of the Resources Available

For people who decide to handle all or part of the move themselves or want to get a head start on settling in, spend some time reading expat blogs (like this one!) and exploring social media like Twitter and Facebook to connect with people who have made this move before you and thus have great tips to share.

Be Flexible

Preparing yourself to deal with the unexpected is easier said than done, but remember that pets pick up on your demeanour and will benefit if you’re able to remain as calm and organised as possible.

Read more at Sydney Moving Guide