Kennels cost money.
I must say I'm a bit surprised by this routine bashing of everyone daring to post on this forum that they have to re-home a dog. As I said... at least they're trying. I know that 'I have to move interstate' (not this poster) sounds lame. But don't you think it's better to re home a pet that's not wanted, not appreciated and not cared for properly, rather than hanging on to it just for the sake of it.
In this particular case I can't really see what's wrong with attempting a temp solution when going on a holiday. A friend of mine is currently caring for a dog whose owner is traveling in Asia for six months. Friend happy, dog happy, owner happy.
I don't assume many posters here found themselves ever in a situation where re homing was the best choice. I had to re home pets in the past (2 horses). It was a heart breaking experience for me and I'm really eternally grateful that nobody gave the kind of treatment people with similar requests get here on this forum routinely.
There are many breed specific groups who foster out dogs while families move house or whatever. I hope the OP finds what he/she is after.
Oh and I once had a close friend look after another cat while I went backpacking through India. When I came back she was obviously so attached to him that I didn't dare ask to have him back! Maybe the OP is thinking something similar might happen or maybe they think that they would prefer the freedom of not having a dog at this stage of their lives.
And I agree that keeping a dog that is not wanted and possibly isn't getting their needs met is never the best outcome.
I have no problem with them trying to find a temporary home while they go away. My problem is with the fact that they won't put the dogs into a kennel because they are inside dogs, but are quite happy to just hand them over to a shelter if they can't find someone to look after them which worst case scenario the dogs get PTS.
If it was me, I wouldn't be going on holidays for 3 months to start with... when I got dogs that is the reality I signed up for.
There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
I don't take issue with trying to rehome a pet... I've never had to, luckily, but can think of many reasons where it might be for the best. I also understand it has the potential to be a heartbreaking decision.
HOWEVER, I do take issue with someone who would prefer 'Plan B' to be a shelter instead of a kennel particularly when it is a holiday and not a permanent situation- and the rehome is stated to be 'temporary'.
A shelter is NOT a place to temporarily place your animals, IMHumbleO.
Perhaps sometimes they are. I would think shelters also provide temp arrangements, e.g. a kennel type accommodation? In any case... as far as I know not all shelters put their pets to sleep after a certain time?
One of my two re homed horses was through a shelter. It required surgery, which I simply couldn't afford (I was 16 at the time and my parents refused. Long story... never mind).
Anyway I came to an agreement with this shelter, they would take my horse and try to re home her. While they tried to find her a new home I would get a job and save up for the vet. The risk I took was that they would find her a new home while I was working my a** off... but I took it because I had no choice. In the end it did really happen. By the time I had the cash together she was re homed
I couldn't blame these people. Surgery or not - she was one gorgeous horse!
Last edited by margoo; 11-25-2011 at 02:53 PM.
My old Ridgey stressed out for 2 weeks when i went on my honeymoon. Even though he was still at home and my old man and kids who he loved was looking after him he still strugled big time. I will never leave my pets for that long ever again.
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