Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Just south of sanity
Tara, to you it might seem heartless, but what you have to realize is that sometimes money does play into whether or not someone can afford to keep an animal alive.
I understand perfectly why a wildlife rehabber won't waste time, energy and money trying to save one animal when for that same time, energy and money, they could save 5 or 10 more who aren't in as bad shape.
Plus, if I make the decision to euth my own animal, it's not up to the vet to try and talk me out of it.
Many things come into consideration when you're talking long term treatment for an animal, and one of them is definitely financial. Some other things are prognosis and quality of life. If even after I've spent boatloads of time, money and emotion, the vet can't guarantee a 100% return to health with no pain, I have to weigh what I want against what's best for the animal.
It's rarely cut and dried, black and white, or emotional versus uncaring. There are a lot of grey areas.