Several points to make here.
First, I find it amazing that a person owns a pet but doesn't seem to care about it. Why own a dog or a cat if all you are going to do is leave it outside? If you can't care about an animal, don't have one!
Second, most domesticated animals can not survive in the wild. Their survival instincts have been dulled due to thousands of years of breeding and human contact in the species. This is not to say that they can't adapt. Some can become feral, but these animals still rely on humans (not-direct contact) to survive (ie. abandoned houses, trash, attics, etc).
Third, even animals born in the wild have difficulties being reintroduced in the wild once they have been exposed to human contact. Why do you think it is so important to release them in the wild as soon as possible?
Finally, I LOVE THE COMMENT ABOUT THE FOXES AND ABC STORES! I needed a good chuckle.
Oh... and I have done my research on this. It's kinda what I do for a living!
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