This is such a correct evaluation about ownership awareness in our country, it hurts. I seriously think it has nothing to do with education; I think it’s all about a human being’s capacity for affection and if that creature called “a human being” doesn’t have the comprehension that other living things besides them can have feelings of love, sadness, family, even depression and treat them as members of their own family; then they souldn’t be owners at all. They need to understand what they’re trying to do is equivalent to abandoning a child.
UNFORTUNATELY telling this to another owner is considered rude, like abandoning a life is the kindest thing to do. It pisses me off too.
Last month we had an interview with a volunteer from a large animal shelter in our city. I was able to listen to the record from beginning to the end beforehand. You can shove that article up their “educated” noses. They need to know about it. The lady in the article is talking about people exactly like them and how this is a responsibility, not a hobby. They’re not giving any animal for adoption unless they meet the requirements (the most basic one being not sounding like you’re out on the meat market) and how they follow the whereabouts and well-beings of the animals they adopt throughout their lives. I think this family you’re talking about needs someone like them on their back to properly take care of the poor dog, but unfortunately I’m thinking they might find it more profitable to give him away to them instead of bothering to take better care…
On the other hand, don’t hesitate to speak your mind. I know parents tend to tell us to “not interfere because it’s rude/not our place to speak”, but unless your neighbors are homicidal maniacs, talking to them over the phone calmly shouldn’t hurt anyone. I’m not saying to go there/yell/demand an explanation, but you could just talk to your mother and tell her that you want to try your approach a bit…? Just a suggestion, you don’t have to if you’re in a position you can’t of course.
Those dense people should really understand what they’re dealing with is a life with feelings and needs and must be taken care of like a child; if they won’t bother with the responsibility, they really don’t deserve one.