It makes me sick to think that pets have to be abandoned and die because an irresponsible college student decides their summer trip is more important than their pet. Pet ownership is a lifelong responsibility, not a convenience that goes away during the summer.
What do these kids tell their parents anyway? "Oh yeah mom, Fido got put to sleep. I couldn't pass up getting drunk with the frat brothers in Cancun now, could I?"
Grow up! Your responsibilities as a pet owner come first, not your desire to party or take a month long trip somewhere. Investigate long term boarding options if need be, but abandonment is not the answer.
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