Reasons animals get sent to shelters

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they got pregnant
they "can't be trained"
they're grown up and the owners don't think their cute anymore
owners are moving.

what er the common and not-so-common reasons that you have heard for an animals being sent to a shelter?
 

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They don't match the carpet/upholstry
The owners are having kids
A divorce and the two people can't agree on who gets the dog
 

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Sheds too much, barks too much, too active, not active enough, overprotective of the kids, not protective enough, too fat, eats too much, licks its feet at night (??!!), chases livestock, doesn't work livestock, begs at the table, counter surfs, chews through/breaks its chain . . .

Every reason you can imagine.
 

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me personally I have heard just about every reason that the human being can make up. Way to many to even post. A better question is what made you go to the shelter to take a chance on someone else's throw away ?
 

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i actually found a site a while ago that gave a heap of reasons people had handed in their odgs for.

i remember one was "drools to much" it was a bloodhound/mastiff/st bernard! thats the ultimate of not undertsnading your breed!

i can't remember the link though.
 
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here is one i heard while i was at a shelter.

"because apperently you (the AC) believe that the dog is better off dead then staying in a good loving home with 3 other dogs."
 

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:( Isn't it horrible and pathetic how some people are. I could never in a million years give up Nemo..I really think people who want pets should go through some sort of test or be approved before time. It's so sad how people can be. The poor dog not even understanding what happened and why it's not at his home anymore..Very sad..
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My most common are
Moving
She got pregnant and we can't find homes for the puppies
Jumps on the children: I have heard this from no less than 10 people in the last couple of weeks. It seems to be my new, most popular excuse
Didn't realize how much work it was
 

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jumps on the children? thats a pretty lame excuse.

we had a bull terrier/boxer when we were very young. lol she used to knock us down wiht her tail. we just got tough is all.

you can SO EASILY train your dog out of jumping on people though
 

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Yeah I once heard that someone brought in their Chihuahua because they were getting a new ouch and she didn't match :yikes:
 

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Sometimes it is the owners who get pregnant and they no longer want to deal with a dog/cat because of a child on the way :( Poor excuse IMO! I would hear that one alot when I was in the animal field full-time :rolleyes:
 
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Sometimes it is the owners who get pregnant and they no longer want to deal with a dog/cat because of a child on the way :( Poor excuse IMO! I would hear that one alot when I was in the animal field full-time :rolleyes:
I completely desagree with this. I am pregnant and I am rehoming our 7 month old min pin mix for several reasons. I do not have the time or the energy to break her of eating fecees. We have tried every possible way short of muzzling and a shock collar. The yard can be completely free of it, it doesn't matter. She stalks our three other dogs. Now don't tell me I'm not feeding her properly because she is fed Evo. She was a shelter puppy who was in a 'blankity blank' shelter that didn't feed their pups puppy food. They got large breed dog food that was too large for her and her sister to eat. Therefore, she was forced to do this. Three of the doctors at my vets said it is very hard to break this habbit. Also, she is house trained, I know she is house trained because she goes on command. Not to mention I have two boys that want to be out constantly and she follows one of them every where. So she is outside plenty. Well, she still pees in the house. Reason being is that she is a very dominant female. She also pees in her crate when left for even an hour after being let out before being put in. My vet agrees that this little girl needs to be the only dog. So, that's what she will be. A very nice couple is coming to meet her tonight. She is being adopted through the rescue we work with.
So, is this enough reason to find a better home for her?
 

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I completely desagree with this. I am pregnant and I am rehoming our 7 month old min pin mix for several reasons. I do not have the time or the energy to break her of eating fecees. We have tried every possible way short of muzzling and a shock collar. The yard can be completely free of it, it doesn't matter. She stalks our three other dogs. Now don't tell me I'm not feeding her properly because she is fed Evo. She was a shelter puppy who was in a 'blankity blank' shelter that didn't feed their pups puppy food. They got large breed dog food that was too large for her and her sister to eat. Therefore, she was forced to do this. Three of the doctors at my vets said it is very hard to break this habbit. Also, she is house trained, I know she is house trained because she goes on command. Not to mention I have two boys that want to be out constantly and she follows one of them every where. So she is outside plenty. Well, she still pees in the house. Reason being is that she is a very dominant female. She also pees in her crate when left for even an hour after being let out before being put in. My vet agrees that this little girl needs to be the only dog. So, that's what she will be. A very nice couple is coming to meet her tonight. She is being adopted through the rescue we work with.
So, is this enough reason to find a better home for her?

Yes, but you aren't putting your dog in an animal shelter, you are looking for a good home for your dog. It's great that you are personally looking for a home for your dog, and not just "dumping" him at a shelter.

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People use plenty of excuses to get rid of their dog. An excuse I hear a lot is that he/she is a "fighting dog"( <- thats what they are called here in Germany. They all have to wear a muzzle, be on a leash when ever outside, and you have to pay more taxes to keep them.) The excuse ushally is that they are getting to expensive to keep or the muzzle isn't pretty. The law has been here for a while, and when you get one of these "fighting dogs" you know what you are getting into. MPO is that a dog is for life. (s)He is a family member... You aren't just going to to give your child away just because it has some problems, are you?
 

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Sometimes their reasons are real..... but most often they are not.

For example.... When we got Belle..... not even two weeks later we found out we were pregnant. it was unintentional but we were happy none the less. there was a chance that I would have had to move back to Canada alone. We would have been paying two rents again and there is no way that alone I would have been able to support the two dogs nor take care of them in the state I was in at the time. IF it had happened that I had to move we would have had to return Belle to the shelter. We didn't want to but sometimes life happens.

But more often than not it is just an excuse
 

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I completely desagree with this. I am pregnant and I am rehoming our 7 month old min pin mix for several reasons. I do not have the time or the energy to break her of eating fecees. We have tried every possible way short of muzzling and a shock collar. The yard can be completely free of it, it doesn't matter. She stalks our three other dogs. Now don't tell me I'm not feeding her properly because she is fed Evo. She was a shelter puppy who was in a 'blankity blank' shelter that didn't feed their pups puppy food. They got large breed dog food that was too large for her and her sister to eat. Therefore, she was forced to do this. Three of the doctors at my vets said it is very hard to break this habbit. Also, she is house trained, I know she is house trained because she goes on command. Not to mention I have two boys that want to be out constantly and she follows one of them every where. So she is outside plenty. Well, she still pees in the house. Reason being is that she is a very dominant female. She also pees in her crate when left for even an hour after being let out before being put in. My vet agrees that this little girl needs to be the only dog. So, that's what she will be. A very nice couple is coming to meet her tonight. She is being adopted through the rescue we work with.
So, is this enough reason to find a better home for her?
Disagree if you will...........I wasn't even using you as an example, but you have to do what is best for your dog and if placing in her another home because she eats poop is it than so be it! I have heard the pregnancy excuse one to many times in my line of work be it vet technician/dog groomer. Plenty of people do want to get rid of there pets when they are having children because they can't be bothered to own them and care for them anymore.................It is very true!
 

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Our old dog was being taken to the shelter because his owner let his german shepherd roam while she was in heat then had the puppies and couldn't sell the runt. So the easy fix? Dump him off at the shelter where they could deal with them. luckily my mother intercepted him and we got him for free. :)

Didn't help that the man had been selling the pups as 'purebred german shepherds' when it was obvious that the pups were not purebred. I wonder how many people paid him for the same kind of dog we got for free simply because he didn't want to take responsiblity for his actions.
 

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The one that gets me is that they didn't realize that an 8 week old 25 # pup would grow big and weigh 90# .....too big !
 

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When we lived in Cambridge, MA some years ago, our vet tried to get me to take two 18 month old Borzois because the owner wanted them put to sleep because she had changed the decor in her Beacon Hill town home and they no longer matched.

They were so beautiful, but I was in an 800m square foot apartment with a Scottish Terrier, a Husky hybrid and a cat. Also my husband and daughter. It just wasn't possible. But what would possess someone to get dogs to match the furniture in the first place?

And what kind of breeder let them get two dogs that size for a Beacon Hill town home to begin with?
 

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