Top Ten Tuesday Topic: Why do people give up their dogs to a shelter?

The National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy brings us this list of the top ten reasons why people relinquish their dogs to shelters.


  1. Moving – I think this has become especially common with the foreclosure rates climbing.
  2. Landlord issues – Don’t you think they’re overly picky sometimes?
  3. Cost of pet maintenance – People really need to give some thought to this before they take on a pet.
  4. No time for pet – Ditto for this one.
  5. Inadequate facilities – Not sure what this one means.  Really, all you need is a couple of dishes to feed and water the dog.  You can walk him or tie him out if he needs to go to the bathroom, and you can use old socks for toys.  What facilities???
  6. Too many pets in home – Again, didn’t you know how many pets you had before you picked this one?
  7. Pet illness (es) – This one turns my stomach a bit.  The dog needs you more than ever when he’s sick.  I know it gets expensive sometimes, but I can’t imagine just dropping off my pet because he was sick. 
  8. Personal problems – Hard to argue with this one.
  9. Biting – I really struggle with this one.  I have a biter that hasn’t responded to any of the training we’ve tried.  I hate the liability and feel badly for the people she’s bitten, but I can’t see giving her up.  She’s such a sweet dog, 99% of the time, but she’s timid and has bitten a couple of people who she thought shouldn’t be coming into the house.
  10. No homes for littermates – Two words:  SPAY and NEUTER!!!

Until next time,

Good day, and good dog!

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4 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday Topic: Why do people give up their dogs to a shelter?”

  1. Another reason I’ve ran across a lot is that they expect the dog to come pre-trained and perfect. They don’t realize dogs jump, chew, potty on the carpet, bark, pull on the leash, all those dog things, until you teach them not to. I have a friend with three dogs and they all pee on the carpet ALL THE TIME and it’s ridiculous. Luckily, they have no intention of getting rid of them, but many people don’t know how to teach a dog and that it takes time and patients to do it. It’s another one of those common sense things.

    I’d also like to say a dog is like a child. You don’t just get a dog and get rid of it just like you don’t get a kid and get rid of it. I don’t care where you live or where you’re moving. Make accommodations. It’s not an excuse. We sacrificed a lot for where we live to keep our dog.

  2. I’m the only one in this world. Can please someone join me in this life? Or maybe death…

  3. I think the only reason to take a pet to a shelter is if you get sick and can not take care of it any more. But the best thing to do is have a plan for someone to take your pet if that happens. The people who do it because there moving, well get a place that you can have pets. So many people think of pets as throw a ways its very sad. Then you have the people that dump there dogs,( happens alot in the country) they think Fido well get a home but 9times out of 10 that doesn’t happen. The bottom line is THINK BEFORE YOU GET THAT ANIMAL………… thats just my 2cents

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