Tis the Christmas Season and every year there’s a flurry of posts on different Adoption Facebook pages and groups about all those Adopt A Family, Pet, Highway, programs – what have you. By far, it seems the most common is the Adopt A Pet that a fair amount of people in the adoption seem to get upset about, others don’t see the problem, and those that just say Meh, whatever.
I saw my first Adopt A Pet discussion on an Adoption Facebook Page today, a page that almost exclusively caters to Adoptive Parents. From the comments made, they all thought it was ever so wrong. I do, sort of, get their reasonings, but I think they are trying too hard on the adoption conscious subject, sort of like the discussion on PAL (positive adoption language).
Me, I adopt my pets, if they come with a name, that’s their name. I adopted a cat that was named this last summer. I signed a Adoption Contract that came with 6 very valid conditions I agreed to fulfill, and will, or have already met. Is it anything like adopting a child? No, of course not. But saying I adopted my cat should not be controversial, or hurtful, to me it really isn’t. If you think it is, we can all talk about it in the comments and I’ll try to understand where you are coming from.
Adoptees who have weighed in seem fine with it for the most part, but there are some truly do not like it and we need to honor that. Whether that take came from selection bias of the makeup of those gathered, or not, who knows.
- Only answer the poll for the roll you hold.
- You can only pick one answer.
- No one, not even me knows who answered the poll.
- Will post the results in the next week, those who answered should be able to see the results now.
- If you don’t hold a role in adoption and want to answer, answer in the comments.