Today we had five dogs arrive at the SPA, luckily one was claimed, but tonight I thought we would discuss why dogs end up in refuge.
When thinking about a new dog a lot of people ask why they should rescue rather than buy a pup from a neighbor or breeder and also why so many dogs end up at the SPA. Some people are suspicious and think that dogs who end up in rescue are genetically or behaviorally inferior. This really is not true. Many dogs lose their homes for different reasons and mostly its to do with problems the person or family giving up the dog is experiencing or has caused and is seldom the dogs fault!
Dogs come to the SPA for many reasons and believe me we have heard the lot! Many people buy or take a pup on impulse and when the novelty runs out they no longer want the responsibility. Others claim they no longer have time for the dog, have to work longer hours or have to move to a new home where pets aren’t accepted. I am getting divorced or my wife is pregnant are excuses we hear all the time as well as my child has become allergic to the dog. Lots of pups arrive because people don’t sterilize their pet. Why not? Is it the cost, ignorance or they simply don’t care? Sometimes we do hear stories where the owner is very ill or has even died and in my opinion that’s what the SPA should really be there for.
So what can we do to stop dogs being abandoned?
The first and most important thing is to think long and hard before getting a dog. The SPA encourages potential dog adopters to think carefully before deciding whether or not to take a dog home. Do your research and factor in whether or not you’ll be able to afford the dog, spend the necessary amount of time with them, and meet their mental and physical needs before agreeing to get one. Make sure nobody in the household is allergic before you bring it home, and be responsible and get your new pet spayed or neutered. If you don’t sterilize your dog and allow it to roam its not hard to predict the consequences, so if you are not prepared for the responsibility of a litter of pups then sterilize your dog as soon as possible.
Secondly, train your dog! All dogs need training and guidance and many dogs are abandoned when they hit adolescence and their behavior becomes an issue. If you are experiencing behavioral problems with your pet please seek advice and try to work through them. The bond you develop with your dog will really validate all your efforts.
Thirdly, be prepared to adapt to life’s changes. If you suddenly have to work longer hours or change jobs then get up a bit earlier and walk your dog, consider a dog walker or ask a friend to help. Believe me, your dog would much prefer that to being abandoned at the SPA!
Last but certainly not least, sterilize you pets!
It’s seldom better for a dog to be abandoned than adapt to household changes and some dogs have a long wait before new homes are found. We have dogs who have been with us more than two years and sadly that is the reality of abandonment! Would you want that for your faithful friend?
Calvin – My Daddy Died !
Uta & Ugo – Our owners moved to an apartment!
Innuit – My owners moved and didn’t update the database!
My mum wasn’t sterilized and I have 11 brothers and sisters!