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Looking through pet finder and doing research on rescue, some of the reasons for people giving up their pet just make me very angry.

What are some that upset you?


The dog/cat doesn't match the furniture.

This is the stupidest reason I've ever heard. Since when was the dog supposed to be part of the decoration of the house? Do these people dress in ways that match their furniture? Would they put their kids up for adoption because they did not match their furniture? Would the wife divorce the husband when he starts the gray because his hair no longer matches the couch? I just can't work this out in my head.


The cat is just living off of us.

I hate to admit that this reason was given by one of my family members. basically, the wife felt that since the cat was often downstairs on a chair most of the day, that he was just living off them for food, and does not give them enough affection. Yeah, sure when they picked up that cat his immediate thought was "Ha! These people are so stupid! They are going to feed me and give me a place to live and I'm not going to work for it!" It wasn't like the cat was feral and would hide under the furniture. If you approached him and pet him, he would start purring.


The puppy chews everything!

OMG, you got a puppy that chews! Whoa how did that happen! But seriously, why buy a puppy and not expect it to chew? Better yet, maybe it will teach your kids to pick up their toys when they are done.


We dont' have time for the pet.

You don't have 5 minutes out of your day to put food in the bowl, change the water, and let the dog out side to do his business. Nor do you have time to pet your dog while you are sitting on the couch or favorite lounge chair while watching TV? Yeah it's the bare minimum, but I'm sure the dog would prefer that than living in a pound.


My new boyfriend/girlfriend doesn't like the dog. He/she will leave me if I do not get rid of it.

Well your new boyfriend/girlfriend is an ass. And who knows if the will be with you a month, a year down the line. Your dog will always stay with you. The dog was here first. If your new SO doesn't like that, then find another.
 

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I think just about all reasons for giving up a pet are stupid... unless the people are thinking purely for the interest of the pet, and not themselves.

This week we had two dogs turned over, a lab/shep and a little american eskimo dog because they chewed up their owners hot tub cover. The owners later returned for the eskie.

We had a 3 year old shepherd turned over for biting his grandson.. when questioned about the bite he could not provide any details of any kind (how old was the child? did it break the skin? where did the bite occur? What happened to cause the dog to bite?) None of it. He didn't even fill out the surrender form past breed and age. This poor dog is so afraid of people.. he has been cowering and shaking in the back of his kennel for 5 days now. Yesterday I just walked past his kennel and paused briefly to give him a treat.. he immediately started urinating all over his blankets.

We had a beagle/pug/spaniel mix turned over because "my wife told me to".

We had a lovely black lab turned over because he "don't hunt".

We had a lhasa apso turned over because their poodle doesn't like him anymore (had them both for 3 years).

We had a shih tzu turned over because they had too many dogs (they breed shih tzu's...). When they gave her to us they said she was 9... when I called the vet to check on her vaccines, they said she had only had her puppy shots with them and that she is 6. The owners came back a week later and asked to "swap" her for one of their other shih tzu's because they missed her so much... right.

We had a 12 week old lab puppy turned over because he has "severe aggression issues".

These are all in the last 2 weeks or so.. The only one that I didn't think was stupid was the pit bull that was turned over because he had some medical issues that they owners could not afford to pay for (really couldn't afford to pay for.. not just not wanting to).


A few months ago there was a 14 year old cat turned over, her owner of 14 years has suddenly developed severe cat allergies.

We had a 12 year old cocker spaniel "turned over" because she came in as a stray and they didn't want to pay to get her out.. They thought it would be good "punishment" for her to stay there.

The list goes on and on..
 

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^^^ Well said.
 

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"My 6 year old morbidly obese beagle weighs more than the 40 lb weight limit at my apartment. Landlord says he needs to lose weight or I have to get rid of him. He loves food so much it would be cruel to feed him less so I'm sure you can find him a good home."

This dog's belly dragged on the ground when he walked. Sadly, I think these morons made the right decision.
 

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I think just about all reasons for giving up a pet are stupid... unless the people are thinking purely for the interest of the pet, and not themselves.

This week we had two dogs turned over, a lab/shep and a little american eskimo dog because they chewed up their owners hot tub cover. The owners later returned for the eskie.

We had a 3 year old shepherd turned over for biting his grandson.. when questioned about the bite he could not provide any details of any kind (how old was the child? did it break the skin? where did the bite occur? What happened to cause the dog to bite?) None of it. He didn't even fill out the surrender form past breed and age. This poor dog is so afraid of people.. he has been cowering and shaking in the back of his kennel for 5 days now. Yesterday I just walked past his kennel and paused briefly to give him a treat.. he immediately started urinating all over his blankets.

We had a beagle/pug/spaniel mix turned over because "my wife told me to".

We had a lovely black lab turned over because he "don't hunt".

We had a lhasa apso turned over because their poodle doesn't like him anymore (had them both for 3 years).

We had a shih tzu turned over because they had too many dogs (they breed shih tzu's...). When they gave her to us they said she was 9... when I called the vet to check on her vaccines, they said she had only had her puppy shots with them and that she is 6. The owners came back a week later and asked to "swap" her for one of their other shih tzu's because they missed her so much... right.

We had a 12 week old lab puppy turned over because he has "severe aggression issues".

These are all in the last 2 weeks or so.. The only one that I didn't think was stupid was the pit bull that was turned over because he had some medical issues that they owners could not afford to pay for (really couldn't afford to pay for.. not just not wanting to).


A few months ago there was a 14 year old cat turned over, her owner of 14 years has suddenly developed severe cat allergies.

We had a 12 year old cocker spaniel "turned over" because she came in as a stray and they didn't want to pay to get her out.. They thought it would be good "punishment" for her to stay there.

The list goes on and on..
I so agree ^^

And, I would add the people who "are moving and they can't take the dog and it has to leave tonight!" Also those who are having a baby. Seriously? Like dogs/cats and kids have never coexisted?
 

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I do agree that pretty much every reason for giving up a pet is stupid. Unless, it's an older person that is coming down with alzheimers (Which can start as early as 40 or 50, but those are rare cases), but I think the family members of the person would be willing to take on the responsiblity. Or if the person dies, which, well what can you do. Though I have agreed to take my grandmother's dog if the dog happends to outlive it. She's 90 and her retirement home lets their residents keep pets.

I was listing the more WTF reasons.

Oh and one more, but this isn't really the owners fault. Someone little girl went into my friends house. They did not know her. Their dog got very excited and caught it's tooth on the girl's toenail and pulled part of it off. It wasn't the entire thing, and it look like someone had clipped it deep with a clipper. So the girl's parents call the police, sued, and now my friends family has to get rid of the dog by a certain date. She is not frantically trying to find an affordable apartment that allows pets so she can move with the dog out of her parents house.

Thing is, THAT LITTE GIRL HAD NO RIGHT TO BE IN THEIR HOUSE, SHE WAS TRESPASSING! She and her parents should be very thankful that the dog wasn't a protective doberman or german shepherd!
 

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- The (newborn/infant) baby is allergic.
- "I'm moving"
And all of the above
 

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Some reasons I have heard "he pees and poops in the house"--Uh dog's aren't cats they have to be TAUGHT to go outside. "he's too hyper" so you didn't research the breed eh?

I understand things happen and you might need to re home a dog...but make the effort to rehome it! Especially when you know your moving, or financial problems whatever... these things don't pop up over night you know it's coming! My mum had to rehome a dog once when we were growing up because she just really disliked kids (I don't blame her, my sister was constantly picking on her like 3 year olds do) and she would get snarly (100lbs doberman) so that was too much for my mum. We found her a lovely home with a good friend and she lived her days out as the only (dog ) child of an older couple who had horses a large farm and teenagers who loved her. We visited a few times to go horseback riding and she was MUCH happier there and spoiled rotten. We missed her like crazy but we had two large dobs at the time and Kimba was really a one dog family type of girl. We ended up putting her sister down a few years later (she was very ill) and got our wonderful lab who liked nothing better than a small child riding her or pulling her ears and tail (lol) from a lady who had an accidental litter and was rehoming the pups early since her lab was very ill. I think both these stories show how to make the best of a crappy situation.
 

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Binkalette: you said they came back for the Eskie....did you let them leave with the dog?

As someone who has had to rehome two dogs in the last 25yrs, for good reasons, I'll just say that there ARE good reasons to rehome.
 

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well the ad that we originally saw was for mollys dad...and the reason was "he doesnt get along with my youngest child" we ended up taking molly instead of the dad...but its like well what is the child doing to the poor dog?! GAHHHHHHHHHHHH
 

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Or my dog for that matter she would have probably torn that kid a new one. I would have fought that, throwing back that the parents were negligent because they weren't keeping an eye on their darn kid. I tell every child to stay away from my dogs for this reason, Izze's hips are sore from arthritis (she's 8) & she will react aggressively if manhandled the way most kids do it (pushing down on the dog, grabbing the tail/ears/legs etc)

Most of the reasons have been covered but the most common drive me crazy:
'We are moving'
'We are having a baby OR dog bit/growled at/looked at our kid(s) funny'
'The dog is too unruly'- you know this type, those people who thing a pups digging & stealing their socks is cute when they are 8 wks old but when they grow up they dump them off at the shelter because they won't listen.

Or my dog for that matter she would have probably torn that kid a new one. I would have fought that, throwing back that the parents were negligent because they weren't keeping an eye on their darn kid. I tell every child to stay away from my dogs for this reason, Izze's hips are sore from arthritis (she's 8) & she will react aggressively if manhandled the way most kids do it (pushing down on the dog, grabbing the tail/ears/legs etc)

Most of the reasons have been covered but the most common drive me crazy:
'We are moving'
'We are having a baby OR dog bit/growled at/looked at our kid(s) funny'
'The dog is too unruly'- you know this type, those people who thing a pups digging & stealing their socks is cute when they are 8 wks old but when they grow up they dump them off at the shelter because they won't listen.
 

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This reason is more breed specific but it is the one that really makes me angry.

The ignorant Pit Bull owner.......
S/he killed our other dog while we were at work
S/he doesn't get along with/has attacked our other dog
S/he got into a big fight at the dog park and wants to fight when we went back
S/he is turning vicious to other dogs, next it will be the kids

The dogs would be better off in the right hands but the ignorance makes me angry, especially those who have been warned of the possibilities but refuse to listen.

Another one that bothers me and I guess perplexes me is I am or my wife is pregnant reason. I never understand that at all. Taking care of a dog isn't any different when pregnant and isn't impossibly hard with a baby imo.

I think allergies is a legitomate reason depending on the severity. Health will always trump keeping the pet, especially a child's health. A family friends son developed a severe allergy to cats, imo his life is more important. I would consider them irresponsible, careless parents if they let him end up in the ER over a cat.

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I have rehomed before, probably will again. Rehoming isn't the samething as taking a dog to the pound. That is giving the responsibility to someone else. I'd rather rehome than become a hoarder lol.
 

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Most recent frustration:

Lady says PUPPY ate the trash. Puppy has to go.

Lady leaves new chihuahua with toddler alone. Chi nips toddler. Chihuahua has to go.

Lady starts class in three weeks, new three month old puppy has to go.
 

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I'm not trying to defend anyone here, but there are some good reasons for rehoming a pet, as InkedMarie pointed out.

We dont' have time for the pet.

You don't have 5 minutes out of your day to put food in the bowl, change the water, and let the dog out side to do his business. Nor do you have time to pet your dog while you are sitting on the couch or favorite lounge chair while watching TV? Yeah it's the bare minimum, but I'm sure the dog would prefer that than living in a pound.
This excuse is no good if you're talking about a cat, but dogs require more than food, water, and a place to do their business. I can't imagine my dog being happy with so little attention. If someone can't offer a dog enough attention, I'd rather see it go to the pound in hopes of finding a better home. Ideally, people would think about this before taking on the dog in the first place, but not everyone does.

And the excuse that the new baby is allergic...
Probably a lie more often than not, but if it's the truth, are you really expecting the new parents to choose between their dog and their child? Do you expect them to let the infant suffer thru allergies? I'd rather see the dog rehomed than have to spend its life as an outside only dog, away from its people.
 

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Just saw this one in the local classified: 5 yr old newfy needs to be rehomed because owners are opening a home business.
 

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This excuse is no good if you're talking about a cat, but dogs require more than food, water, and a place to do their business. I can't imagine my dog being happy with so little attention. If someone can't offer a dog enough attention, I'd rather see it go to the pound in hopes of finding a better home.
I disagree. . .if you're not spending enough time with a dog, re-homing (carefully, to a good home that does have time for the dog) the dog is justified. Dumping the dog at a kill shelter is not. 5 minutes of attention a day is better than being DEAD.

I do think there are some good reasons to re-home a pet (to a carefully chosen new home). If it is in the pet's best interests, the particular reason doesn't really matter. I can't think of any good reason to dump a pet at a kill shelter, though. That's just wrong.
 

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well youd all hate me. We have a beagle who CANT stay here and all rescues are full and no one on Cl wants her. I have had people say " well take her" and then not show up. Shes on considerations lists to be on waiting lists. We cant keep her with 4 dogs and 2 cats already. So yeah she will go to a shelter, one that may not be the best. Why? Because I cant keep her and no one else will take her. its not my fault her owners havent come forward and As much as id like to keep her, I cant. She wondered into our yard within this past week and so im not pushing my problem on someone else- they pushed the problem on me and now I have to "shove" this poor dog on someone else because the original owners arent responsible- that IRKS me. This behavior that I have to figure out something for Someone else's dog.
 

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A stray is different than a longtime pet. I don't expect people to be able to keep every stray who comes around. That's what shelters are for, IMO. But a pet they've had for a while, no, I can't think of any justification for anyone to dump their pet at a kill shelter. Or even a no-kill shelter; you shouldn't make your pet someone else's problem like that.
 

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well youd all hate me. We have a beagle who CANT stay here and all rescues are full and no one on Cl wants her. I have had people say " well take her" and then not show up. Shes on considerations lists to be on waiting lists. We cant keep her with 4 dogs and 2 cats already. So yeah she will go to a shelter, one that may not be the best. Why? Because I cant keep her and no one else will take her. its not my fault her owners havent come forward and As much as id like to keep her, I cant. She wondered into our yard within this past week and so im not pushing my problem on someone else- they pushed the problem on me and now I have to "shove" this poor dog on someone else because the original owners arent responsible- that IRKS me. This behavior that I have to figure out something for Someone else's dog.
I don't think anyone here would hate you for that reason. You didn't take on a long-term responsibility, you're doing the responsible and compassionate thing for a dog that really shouldn't be your problem in the first place. Thanks for all you've done so far!
 

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I'm currently in the process of rehoming my kitten/cat Ninji. He bullies my older cats (3 and 10 years old), and I'm honestly afraid that he will accidentally hurt my baby when its born, as he's so curious and isn't afraid of ANYTHING. He had a 50lb lab charge him and he wanted to PLAY WITH IT. Why would he be afraid of a baby that smells tasty if he isn't afraid of a charging dog? I am trying to find him the perfect home. If I can't, then I'll try to figure out something else.

Does that make anyone angry? :boxing:
 
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