Exhibit A: In my sophomore year of high school, my roommate snuck a kitten in through the window. Someone had thrown it into the lake, and she rescued it. We had it for about a month or so, hiding it each night during room check. We tried desperately to find it a home and get it out of the dorm before we got in trouble. Eventually, one of our friends took it home.
Exhibit B: In my senior year of high school, a friend asked my roommate and I (a different roommate), to keep a fish for a night in our room. The SLA (student life adviser, similar to a RA or CA in college) knew about the fish and was going to confiscate it from its owners' room while they were both away for the weekend. The night that we took the fish to "hide" it, the SLA stormed our room after midnight, and my roommate and I were both positive we were going to get kicked out of school. Fortunately, we weren't.
Exhibit C: When I first moved into the dorms in college at the beginning of my freshman year, I adopted a fish, and it lived with me until my junior year. He was actually the only legal pet I owned until my senior year in college.
|Hello. I am Hannah's fishy. I live in fishy heaven now.|
You'd think with all the close calls of harboring pets that I wouldn't do it again. However, I can't seem to live without pets. I already talked to my mom about getting a rabbit, which she absolutely said no to because it smells. Well, in the past, she said no to a cat, and I still brought one home...Hmm...Then, I thought, "I'll just get two gerbils." Thankfully, I haven't done that yet since I haven't driven to Petco. I'm kinda hoping the Petco in town doesn't sell live animals, so I can't get them. Part of me also wants to adopt a cat from the local animal shelter, but I keep telling myself not to, in case my current cat and that cat don't get along. I thought about adopting two guinea pigs from a shelter, but thankfully, someone else adopted them before I did. I may have a problem.
Throughout college, I think a lot of students miss their pets. Hence, like me, they end up harboring animals. To be honest, I don't recommend it. Animals are really expensive, whether it's a cat, dog, rodent, or fish. They have high start-up costs since you have to buy cages, litter, food, and such. In fact, one of the things that's stopping me from getting a pet right now is that I keep telling myself, "I can't afford a pet." Another issue is that if I move again, my pets will have to come with me. It'd be very irresponsible to drop my pet off at a shelter when I knew I wouldn't be staying in the area for long.
I'm currently volunteering at an animal shelter, hoping that the interaction with the animals will stem my desire for a pet. A good number of the animals are left there because their owners moved and couldn't take the pets with them. It's actually a problem with college students' having pets during college and then getting rid of them when they change cities to start a new job or move back home. If you really have a need to adopt a pet during college or during a part of your life that may be a little unstable, please remember that these animals require love, money, and time. It's a really bad idea to get one on a whim and then just drop it off when you can no longer keep it or if you don't like it. It's similar to what I constantly tell myself, "I'm not in a good situation to adopt a pet and take care of it properly as it deserves." It's hard to resist the urge, but to myself and other people like me, please resist until you're sure you can give the pet a healthy life. For me, resisting adopting pets is one of the hardest things to do in life. ~.~ I miss my pets.