In 2018, pet-fever seems to be plaguing every household, filling them with a plethora of spoiled dogs and cats. This in mind, could you imagine ditching your furry friend for slaughter because a pamphlet told you to?

We definitely prioritize our pets

These days, pets have become a bigger priority than the humans in our lives. We buy them little outfits, hunt the shelves for organic kibble, and purchase high-end beds for them to curl up in at night. To any dedicated pet owner in the 21st century, what happened in pre-war England would make them crawl out of their skin.

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Sure, there were plenty of loving pet owners in London during the 20th century. However, when the threat of the impending war became apparent, many began to question their abilities to care for their sweet pets. So, rather than having them cope without adequate kibble and toys, many made an unbearable decision.

So, this was super messed up

When the war started up, plenty of domestic pups took to the battlefield to serve as canine war heroes. Unfortunately, though, they weren’t the only ones to lose their lives to the battles that took place. In fact, most animal casualties of the war began before a single bomb was dropped.

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As families anticipated the supplies shortages that would come with wartime, the NARPAC sent out a disturbing pamphlet to the pet owners of Europe. First, they suggested that they send pets out of the war zone, which was a fair proposal. Still, their ideas to deal with dogs and cats that couldn’t be sent elsewhere began a horrifying pre-war trend.

What the hell were they thinking?

They promoted that it would be “kindest to have them destroyed” — in other words, drop them off at the vet’s office to visit the proverbial “farm in the countryside.” Horrified vets worked around the clock to euthanize the thousands of pets that were pouring into their offices. By the end of the tirade, nearly 400,000 pets had been put down. Think it can’t get any more heartbreaking?

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Understandably, the NARPAC felt uber-guilty about it. They shared that their intentions were far off from what occurred and that they were only giving instructions for livestock rather than domestic pets. But by then, the damage had already been done. Sadly, many pet owners believed that they were doing what was best for their creatures by keeping them safe from the terrifying conditions of war. But if you’re currently bawling and gripping onto your furry friend, you’re not alone.