I will always help a friend in need. And I will put my money where my mouth is. I am just not buying this story
. You can guarantee that if one of my pets was sick, it would be at the top of my journal. If I was going to cross post it to several communities, it's also a safe bet that my post would be public. Animals get sick. It's a fact of life. Sure, it's not fair, but it's also not fair to expect others to pay your vet bill.
When I first moved away from home I was 19 years old and making $7,000 annual (Canadian). I had 2 cats that I had since I was 5 years old, and a ferret that I had for a couple years, and I could not leave any of them behind. After months of applying I miraculously got approved for a Visa. I could never afford to use it, but it was there in case I needed it. I was so broke, that after paying my share of the rent and utilities, I'd have about $3 left for lunch. That $3 would last me all week. My cats had more food than I did because I made sure that they ate. I lived off potatoes, salads, and I'd cook hamburger helper and freeze it into tiny portions that would be my supper for a week. My ferret got sick on me twice. The first time it drained my bank account. I had a couple hundred saved up for when I first moved out that I planned to put towards household items like dishes, but the money had to go to her. About a year later she got sick again and died. My cats lived full healthy lives for several more years. Tigger passed at 19, and Bogey passed at 20 years old. I would have starved myself before I ever let any of my pets suffer in pain. They were my responsibility, and I treasured them.
The post I have mentioned was upsetting because it's not fair for someone to pull on people's heart strings and expect them to support a stranger's pet. I saw this post last night and came back to see if there were pictures, as she had promised. There are none. I considered donating a couple dollars, but something just didn't sit right. And after her reply, well, it isn't sitting any better.
If you cannot afford a pet, or you are not willing to spend your money on it, then you should give it away to someone who can afford to. I wouldn't be posting $800 wish lists or talk about buying dresses if my pets were sick. I gather that the money would be nice to have, but I don't think she needs it. I saw this scam before, and I will not buy into it. Just last month Vicki got sick. We had to pay $160 for an $8 Benadryl pill. It was totally unexpected, but you know, that's part of owning pets. While it was a bitch to have to shell out that money, I would never ask any of you to pay me back for it. Sure, it would be nice to get that money back, but it would be wrong of me to ask. Even though this is the internet, I still don't think it's acceptable.
I feel the same way about having kids. If you can't afford one, don't have one. If you accidentally conceive and wish to keep it, then it's your choice and you should own up to it. Don't complain about the costs, or ask strangers for money. It's your responsibility.
Maybe this seems a little harsh. I just think she should have gone to her first line of defence before posting in an internet community. Ask mom and dad or friends. If that doesn't work, get a credit card or a small loan from a bank. Certainly if I knew her in person as a friend or family member, I'd definitely help her. Heck, if she was on my friends list for a couple months I'd probably give some money. I would not be able to ask anyone for money if it was my cat though because I would make sure they were taken care of before I bought a new outfit. The lack of details, her personal journal posts, and the lack of pictures of the sick cat leave me suspicious. I stand by what I said... If you can't afford a pet, find a nice home for it.