That's it exactly. We have responsibility to our animals. First we took the wild animals and bred to our purposes. Made them totally dependant on us for our benefit. From birth to death every aspect is our responsibility and if one is not totally prepared for every aspect of that from the joy of birth to the despair of death then one has no business owning an animal.
Whether you are a consumptive owner of animal like myself or just a compassionate soul seeking animal companionship it matters not because it's our duty.
Yes, I agree that we do have a responsibility to our animals and should be prepared for taking care of them just as we take care of our families. What you fail to understand is that sometimes things happen in our live such as job loss (in my case) and we struggle to do the best we can. My animals are my family and I love them. I didn't create this horrible cruel world we live in, but I do try to cope with it the best I can. I made a BIG mistake, and I will never forget what happened. I learned from it and just wanted others to learn from my mistake so another animal does not have to suffer.