This Video of a Family Abandoning Their Child Will Break Your Heart

Every year, thousands of people abandon their once-beloved family members out on the street.

Our pets are our family, our children. However, that doesn’t stop people from dumping them at an alarming rate.

Though not discussed as often as other forms of animal cruelty, abandonment is a really serious issue in the US. Around six to eight companion animals are reported to enter shelters nationwide each year.

Abandonment occurs when a temporary caretaker or owner of an animal leaves it in a private or public place without the intent of returning or providing continued care. Not only is it a cruel thing to do, it’s also a crime in many places.

In this exceptionally powerful animal abandonment ad from the RSPCA, you will see the effect of animal abandonment, and how similar it is to leaving a child behind on the streets.

After watching this video, we were extremely moved, and we’re pretty sure you will be, too. Think twice before considering abandoning your pet.

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