And let me just say:
The majority of surrenders are not single mums with 3 kids struggling to find an inexpensive pet friendly household.
I am with michelle. I dont think I would ever find a reason to give my dogs away (let it be noted I did leave 2 cats in NZ so am not totally against rehoming but when it comes to my dogs, no way).
I have lived in my car with one of my dogs. I also lived in a backpackers for a while while my dog lived in the car oernight and I would pick her up in th emorning and we would spend ALL day in the park just sitting there.
I have lived in some really crap houses, with my child and no money because that was all I could find to live in with my dogs.
Two or 3 times my dogs have stayed with family members due to circumstances, the longest for 2 months, until I could find suitable accommodation (I still paid for everything and visited every day).
I brang my dogs over from NZ.
I just can't imagine life without them. It wouldnt matter how poor I became, they wouldnt be going anywhere. I would starve myself before I let them go without food (though my kid would get first dibs lol).
IMO, when you get a pet, you accept that you are willing to raise them and love them until it is time to let them go over the rainbow bridge. Yes, there are some genuine extenuating circumstances that I think warrant rehoming, bu the majority of cases dont fall into this.
we have also lived in some crap accommodation to keep our dogs in the early days. Friends sheds, caravans on property, our own very old ambulance at a caravan park that allowed dogs and very old shabby houses..........I would never, never pass my dogs onto a shelter. If i had to due to illness/accident or other unfortunate incidence, I have now set up a safety line with newfie Rescue and other newfie people. We are there to support one another should anything happen
Pets are forever
I am a single mum (only one child though) and I was homeless for 6 weeks once - couch surfing - because I could not find a rental that would allow me to have my dog. The dog stayed with us for most of the 6 weeks, except at one friend's place because the neighbours told their landlord that they had a dog there and he told them it was not allowed. So a friend looked after her for 2 weeks until we moved to another friend's place.
And not only was I looking for a house where I was allowed to have the dog, but I was very picky about the location in that it had to be close to parks, not near a busy road etc, because of the dog.
You would not move to a house that was unsuitable for your children, no matter what. So I think people should do the same for their dogs.
Oh and our local RSPCA offers 'emergency care' for dogs.
As for the woman surrendering her dog because he bit her niece: disgusting! Sounds a bit like a "friend" of mine who got a pup and then let him walk off the lead everywhere because my dog did. Did not seem to realise how much training it had taken me to teach my dog to come when called and not cross roads without a cue. Some people believe a "good dog" will just behave the way they want them to like they were programmed to do so from birth, without any effort from them at all.
Obviously the person in the OP didn't give a flying hoot about her dog to begin with as she allowed her child to abuse it. I'd rather the dog be with a family who adore and love it.
I have known people that should of rehomed their pets due to the situation they were in wasnt good for human or dog.. They didnt thou, they kept them and although they did their best the animal deserved better!! Wait no he didnt deserve better, he deserved a miserable life as long as the owner still had him. ?? He is a matre, a hero because he kept his dog regardless of the situation! I applaud you for being such great people while everyone else is scum....
I don't believe that anyone here was saying that there are no good reasons for needing to rehome a pet. But there seem to be way too many people who won't even try to take their pets' needs into account when they move. It's just easier for them to get rid of them. Same with behavioural issues.
If you have tried everything you could and you cannot provide your dogs with what they need, it's better to find them a home where they may be happier indeed. You still should avoid bringing them to the pound though, but you could try to find them a new home yourself or through one of the rescue organisations. That's reasonable, isn't it?
My mother has a dog that she should have rehomed when my stepdad died. I think she even got an offer from a young family. She thinks she's doing the dog a favour by keeping her, but I can tell the dog would be happier in a family with more knowledge of GSDs and more time and energy to walk her. That's sad too.
Nobody has said a dog should stay in a horrid situation, or called anyoen scum for rehoming a dog.
But I can say with pretty much 100% surety, my dogs would be miserable without us even if we were living in a bad situation.
But that's not the point. The point I was making wa that most rehomes dont fall intot he genuine reason side of things. Its just people who didnt realise the responsibility the gorgeous wee pup was going to become and they have gotten bored of pretending they care
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