As Gusto and I were out walking, we talked to different individuals about why pets are given up. We came across a woman at the church who was cleaning out the flower beds before winter sets in.
I asked her where the church kitty was since he is usually looking for someone to pet him and he hangs out nearby.
This woman hadn't seen him that day but commented that she wished he would go away…meaning that it disturbed her to see him living outside. Although the cat loved affection, he did not want to be adopted by anyone…many had tried, including this woman.
A church member set up an outside house for the kitty and everyone makes sure he has plenty of food. This way he gets to live life on his terms.
Gusto and I noticed yesterday that the kitty was limping but that didn't stop him from running after us after our time together.
On the way back home, we met a gentleman with two little terriers who wanted to rumble with Gusto.
The man had never seen an American Eskimo like Gusto before and told me that his son had a Goldendoodle that would also become fluffy. As an older gentleman, he is concerned that the Doodle would be too much dog for him to handle.
The Goldendoodle is 8 months old…the same age as Gusto. This is an age when the pups need a lot of direction and exercise and many are given up to the shelter or friends. So this got me to thinking about how many pets are given up to shelters and rescues or given to friends.
Several years ago, Schatzi, my previous American Eskimo, and I had the pleasure of meeting Betsy Saul, the founder of Petfinder.com which has since been sold.
I went to the Petfinder.com website to get find out more about pets that are relinquished to shelters. The site mentioned a study conducted by researchers for the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy over a one-year period by visiting 12 shelters.
They revealed that the top 7 reasons are the same for both dogs and cats. These haven't changed much over the years.
Top 10 Reasons Why Pets Are Given Up
- Landlord Does Not Allow Pets
- Too Many Animals In The Household
- Cost of Pet Maintenance
- Personal Problems of Owner
- Inadequate Facilities
- No Homes Available for Litter Mates
- No Time For The Pet/People Are Allergic To Cats
- Pet Illnesses in dogs/House Soiling For Cats
- Biting in dogs/ Incompatible Cats
Have you ever had to give up a pet? Have you ever re-homed a pet? Have you ever adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue?
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