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    You do realize that most dogs in shelters that need new homes were not actually surrenders, most of them are just strays that no one came looking for.
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    Most are strays, but plenty are surrenders. It's basically the same as abandoning your dog and only a little bit better than dumping it on the side of the road, you are washing your hands of responsibility and placing the onus on someone else, usually a volunteer. After varying amounts of time in the shelter a dog is put down if a home cannot be found for it.

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    Well actually I think surrendering a dog is MUCH better than dumping it on the side of the road. That way it won't run the risk of getting hurt on the streets. Also in Victoria (not sure about other states) they have wavered the amount of time an animal can remain in the shelter. Most shelters keep their animals until they can be adopted out.
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    Kaz Tarja, many shelters are no kill but there are still over 550 dogs per day put down in australian shelters.
    Surrendered is much better than just ditching them but either way they have still been abandoned.
    There is no doubting shelter workers do everything they can but the numbers are still there unfortunately, just wondering why people think that this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaz Tarja View Post
    Well actually I think surrendering a dog is MUCH better than dumping it on the side of the road. That way it won't run the risk of getting hurt on the streets. Also in Victoria (not sure about other states) they have wavered the amount of time an animal can remain in the shelter. Most shelters keep their animals until they can be adopted out.
    No, most don't because they would run out of space. There is a massive amount of unwanted animals and it is reaching crisis point. Dogs in shelters are kept in tiny cubicles where they rarely get any stimulation and slowly go crazy from lack of exercise. Rescue orgs take them from the shelters and foster them in our homes, but this can only be done with a small percentage. The last two dogs I fostered were just one day away from being put to sleep before we got hold of them, and they were fantastic dogs who deserved a long life and a happy home, which they eventually got.

    The sad fact of the matter is that a dog in a shelter has a greater chance of being put down than being rehomed. If you abandon a dog to a shelter, you are putting 100% of the responsibility for the dog on someone else and walking away. That is the reality I'm afraid.

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    I don't know very much about it but I would imagine marriage break-up would be a big problem. It's all very well to say that one partner should take the dog but usually the house is sold and people have to rent. Very few landlords allow a dog(s). I think it would be terribly difficult in some circumstances.

    I had a re-home dog for fifteen years, who was thrown out of a moving car and picked up by a friend who saw him thrown. He was about a year old when he was thrown away.

    One of my two current dogs came to me because he killed sheep and needed to move from bush to suburbs urgently.

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    There is only one reason there are so many dogs in shelter. And every other reason is a sub-reason of the real reason.

    Irresponsible owners.

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    I agree with Lala. Irresponsible owners, and a society that thinks it is perfectly ok to dump/surrender/rehome these family members whenever they become inconvenient. Pet shops, puppy farms. BYB's amd rehomers who hand over precious lives to the first passer-by without bothering or caring if they will or can commit properly to care.

    What an uproar would be caused if someone abandoned their children or advertised them free to good home because they wanted to rent a house where children were not allowed? But they do this every day with their dogs and cats and the community doesn't condemn them.

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