When dog-buyers make bad decisions…

Every year in Canada, about a quarter-million dogs and cats end up in animal shelters. One-fifth of the dogs and about half of the cats are put to sleep, even though up to 40% of those put down are perfectly healthy.  Of course, no shelter wants to euthanize animals, but the sad truth is that many are forced to when they run out of  space and other resources or for health or behavioural reasons.

OHS shelter dogWhat’s most tragic is that many of these animals did at one point have a home, but for various reasons their owners no longer wanted them. Usually the reasons have more to do with the owner than the pet. The owner had no idea how much time and effort the pet required, or realized the financial commitment was too much, or had a change in living arrangements so that having a pet no longer worked.

The surrender of these animals to shelters could have been avoided in many cases if the owners had thought more carefully about the decision to buy a pet in the first place.

Here are the top 5 reasons people give for surrendering their dogs to shelters:

  1. Allergies
  2. Moving
  3. Unable to Afford
  4. Owner problems/change in situation (new baby, new partner, split with partner)
  5. Lack of time to train/care for pet

As you embark on your journey to find Fido, please be sure you can promise yourself, for your sake and Fido’s, that you won’t be dropping your new best friend off at the animal shelter a few months or years down the road because of problems you could have predicted.

When dog-buyers make bad decisions, Fido usually pays the price.

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