Nala was purchased from a pet store. They saw a cute and fuzzy little creature that seemed easy to care for. Their kids promised to take care of her and the parentsthought it was a good way to teach their kids responsibility. The pet store set them up for failure with asmall cage,water bottle, wood shavings for bedding anddryfood with seeds and nuts and sent her home.Everythingwas good for a few weeks and then Nala became aggressive. She hated the small cage and could never get enough water out of the bottle. When the kids tried to pick her up, she would grunt and bite them. They had no idea that Nala would live to be 10-12 years of age. They had no idea that she needed a water bowl and not a bottle or that her body needed greens every evening, that she needed to be spayed andto have several hours outside of her habitat every day. They also didn’t know that she needed very special and often costly vet care.They would never learn any of this because when the kids lost interest, and the parents wouldn’t accept the responsibility, and they made the decision to put Nalaoutside to fend for herself.
Once outside, Nala was fed table scraps and played with by the neighborhood kids that would chase her for fun. At night, she would often be seen by people driving by. She would be seen trying to hide from predators under a car or snuggled up by a tire. This was all the care that she was afforded. After being outside for a few weeks the kids didn’t want to play with her anymore because something was wrong with her. She scared the kids because her eye was full of infection. She didn’t feel good and nobody would help her.One day an adult neighborwith no children of her own,heard the kids screaming and ran over. Nala was now almost unrecognizable and too weak to move. The kids said that her family had moved a few weeks prior and left her behind.
Nala’s fragile and malnourished body was now a host to wolf worms. These larvae hatched and ate their way into her bodyleaving infection and abscesses in their wake. One burrowed behind her eye almost causing her tolose it.Another one compromised a muscle causing her to become handicapped for a while. This is an extremely painful condition. Nala’s story has a happy ending but that is not the norm.
This once small and cute little pet that was purchased to make kids happy or teach them responsibility ended as a lesson, just not the right lesson. These parents that made the impulsepurchasetaught their childrenthat whenyou get tired of your pet, just get rid ofit. That Nala’s life had no value, and that she didn’t deserve care andcommitment. Thatit’sOK to discard something that you are no longer interested in or that you are simply bothered by.
This website and campaign is urging you to get the facts. It is the adults responsibility to teach the next generation. To teach them to value life,to go into situations informed,to be educated and not impulsive, and once you make that commitment, to stick with it, because all life has value.