People don’t really get to see my mean side very often but today is your very special day! You know, there are a lot of good causes you can donate to on GoFundMe. You can help someone pay for surgeries they wouldn’t normally be able to afford on their own because they were in a horrible car accident. You can help someone travel overseas to see family they haven’t seen in 35 years. You could give your hard-earned cash to someone who just doesn’t want to pay their bills or get things they normally couldn’t afford and have no business having.
On my Facebook wall, I saw a GoFundMe page shared on someone’s wall and I was amazed… in a very bad way. First, let’s have a look:
“Puppy’s Support: Leon needs his vaccinations, meds, and foods. Help spread the word!” Such a great reason to give to this cause. Doesn’t sound lazy or irresponsible at all.
A little background here. I don’t know the person who posted it. I only know that he exists because he’s the boyfriend of one of my flings from when I was in college the first time. I read some of this guy’s postings and he is a really huge drama queen. You know, like one of those people who posts in profiles that they have mental conditions A, B, C, D, E, F, diabetes, high cholesterol, hives, and so forth, and how they hate things that start with the letter W and how they don’t like cheese fries because their ADD won’t allow it. He also complained that he is flat-out broke. The guy seemed to think that by getting a puppy, every one of those bad things will disappear and life will go from really terrible to mega super awesome. So he got a puppy from somewhere. A few days after that (maybe a week after, I’ll give him that), he posts this.
Now, there is a huge problem with that. To me, having a pet is similar to having a child. Yes, children are probably of a higher priority, but my pets are members of the family. I, personally, wouldn’t want to have any kind of pet (or child for that matter) without being able to support it. Just imagine what people would think about me if I got a dachshund and then posted something about not being able to feed him/her. Wouldn’t that be one of the factors of me actually getting one? If I can’t afford to get my dog vaccinated, get him/her health checked, or FED, I wouldn’t get one. Period. If I can’t afford to take care of myself, why in the hell would I want to have another expense?
You know what’s going to happen? Unless something changes and this drama queen of a guy gets a job or some stable income, I’m sure this puppy will be dead in a few months from now (maybe a year), given away, or abandoned somewhere.
It drives me crazy when people get pets without being able to set aside money for their expenses. Pets are not just a way to acquire happiness or nirvana then simply forgotten.
I do know, however, pets can be a very good way to maintain a person’s mental well-being (in most cases) but I would expect someone to do their research before getting a pet they can’t afford.
I expect that the donations will remain at $0 for a while, if not forever. The people who will give are probably going to do it because they were forced into it. Or maybe someone bought in to the “I have Super Apparent Chronic Dramatic Disorder Type 6”, who knows.
Basically, if you’re going to give to good causes, by all means give to them but this is just pure laziness and carelessness. Oh, and I’m not really sure why this previous fling of mine is even attracted to this guy. He’s pretty high maintenance. (No, I’m not jealous. I haven’t seen the guy in like 15 years.)
PS: I love mallard ducks. 🙂