I think that some people don't really comprehend that dogs need your care for 12+ years (depending on the breed/health). The novelty of having a dog wears off for these sorts of people once they get busier, their kids get older, etc.
I read in a magazine that a welfare organisation suggested compulsory dog ownership classes. At first I thought "would that really work?" But then I realised that sure some people may still get a dog without properly thinking it through but some will realise "this is a big commitment that i'm not ready for". Plus it would help people work through problems that a rescue might have or learn how to properly train puppies. I've met people who don't even know the basics of training a dog past "sit" or know how to treat fleas or ticks, or even their breed's dietary requirements.
I agree with everything posted.
I am all for rehoming pets for genuine reasons. Some of the ones I dont like are:
1. just had a baby
2. moved into a new house where we cant have pets (well why didnt you find one where you could dumba$$)
3. Our old dog doesnt like our new puppy so old dog has to go (WTF???? Last in, first out IMO)
4. Moving overseas (ummm its not hard to take them)
We moved over from NZ, I know its not far, but we brought our two dogs with us. Could we afford it? Nope, but we didnt it anyway because there was no way I was rehoming my babies just because I decided to move to Australia. One of the dogs was 12 and died 3 weeks after arriving. If I could go back knowing she would die 3 weeks later, I would still ship her over so she could die with family (they were in NZ for 3 months without us while we settled).
I have even gone so far as to live in my car with one of my dogs once. It was me, the OH and Chevy....we lived in the car for a week when we moved towns til we found a flat we could have her in.
What was one of the first things he did when he came to Oz yes you guessed it get a dog which ended up on a farm when his marriage split up!
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