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Sometimes people surrender animals because they think it’s the only possible solution. Sometimes people are separated from their animal companions because they become too sick to care for them. Many people don’t know about the importance of advance planning for their animal family, and so their animal companions end up in the shelter.
Saddest of all is when people die without having made arrangements for their companions. Often these animals are elderly and don’t adapt well to the shelter environment. Some of them never make it out of the shelter - scared or unfriendly, and potential adopters pass them by.
More than 50% of the people surrendering animals due to moving, report behavior problems. The move often isn’t the real issue.
Behavioral problems are the most common reason why people give up their dogs, and they are the second most common reason for cats. Behavioral problems can be very serious, like biting or aggression in dogs. But more often they are common dog and cat issues like inappropriate elimination, destructiveness, barking or meowing, or not getting along with other animals in the home. Sometimes the problem is one of inappropriate expectations: “Dog isn’t friendly,” or “Dog needs too much attention.” Most behavioral issues can be corrected, but people may lack the knowledge or commitment needed to do the work.
One of the most important jobs for us as pet owners and of animal shelters is to reduce the number of abandonments through outreach, awareness and education.
Do you know anyone who has given up an animal? Or rescued an abandoned animal?
Let us know in the comments what happened and whether there might have been any way to prevent it.
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