Breeding Responsible Pet Owners: Minimizing Owner Surrenders

12 10 2010

All one has to do is take a trip to their local animal shelter and see it is full to capacity. But why?  The main reason: irresponsible pet owners.

Approximately two million dogs are being surrendered to animal shelters each year – all because pet owners fail to do what is necessary before they bring a dog into their family. What happens to these animals? More often than not, they are euthanized for no other reason than because there was no room at the inn.

Animal shelters from coast to coast are full of pure breds and so-called “mutts” from families of all walks of life who have dumped these dogs there out of pure irresponsibility. Why? Is your pet sick or old? Does it cost too much to care for it? Did you pick the wrong breed for your family lifestyle? Does it have behavior problems? Did it get too big? Sorry folks, but the dog isn’t the one with the problem here – the owner is. Would you drop your child off at the children’s home because they cried too much? Or because they were sick or too big? I don’t think so.

Animal shelters are not the answer for the bad choices of pet owners. If you made the wrong choices when selecting your dog, then YOU are to blame, not the dog, and therefore the dog shouldn’t be punished. There are other options to consider before taking your dog to the shelter. A good shelter will be wealth of knowledge and should be contacted for their resources – not their hours of operation for drop offs. If your dog has a behavior or aggression problem, they will know trainers or experts who can help. If you can’t afford to have your pet spayed or neutered, they will know of agencies in your state that offer free or discounted services. If all of these efforts have been exhausted, talk to family and friends about taking your animal. There are also countless rescue groups around the country who will take your animal to prevent it from being euthanzied.

Much like pet overpopulation, pet owner responsibility affects everyone: the pets, the communities and the shelters. Do everyone a favor and do your homework before you take on the responsibility of a pet.

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12 10 2010
Donna

I think all owners who surrender any animal to a kill shelter should be put on a National DNA List, and I think it should be mandatory in all States. And it should be enforced!

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