There are so many pets that are homeless nowadays. According to the Humane Society of the United States, an estimated 8 to 10 million cats and dogs enter animal shelters yearly. Meanwhile a terrifying number of 4 to 5 million cats and dogs are being euthanized by shelters. The reason? Because there are not enough people going to shelters for pet adoption.
These figures do not include those in small, local and home-based shelters. There are also animal rescue organizations that take abused and abandoned animals. There are also hundred of animals left to stray in the streets.
Pets end up in shelters due to numerous reasons. There are pets that are abused and hurt by their owners thinking that this is another form of training and discipline among their pets. Animals victims of these extreme cased can be rescued and if the animals are not showing any behavioural problems, may be put up for adoption.
Another reason why there are so many animals in shelters is because there are more and more animals straying or roaming around. There are guardians who let their pets roam outside their premises and never bother to look for them once they are gone. Also these animals do not have any identification tags. That is why it is difficult to return them to their owners.
The most common reason that an animal shelter can hear from pet parents surrendering their pets is that they are moving. There are guardians who do not want to pay to transport their pets, guardians moving to apartments not allowing pets inside, guardians who do not want to pay a pet deposit, and many more. It is important to remember that pets are not old pieces of furniture that can be left behind just because you can buy another one. Pets are living things that have repaid us with loyalty and devotion.
Having a baby is another reason why pet parent give up their pets for adoption. SPOT (Stopping Pet Overpopulation Society, Inc), an alliance of animal lovers, dog/cats rescuers and veterinarians in Atlanta, recommends that people have their family first then adopt a pet. If it is not possible, then it is best to pick a breed or mixed bred that is known to be good with children.
It is important to remember before getting a pet that they require attention, time and money. There are pet parents surrendering their pets because they can no longer provide time to take care of them. Also others may find it too expensive to raise and take care a pet. It is important to think that taking care of pets is a commitment that you are ready to take and be responsible for for the next 10 to 15 years.
Behavioural problems is also another reason for giving up a pet. Too much barking, chewing everything, too hyper or aggressiveness of the pets are the common cited behavioural problems cited. Of course, dogs who did not undergo obedience training will be rambunctious and wild. Dogs who do not socialize much will be aggressive against other animals and even to other people.
It is important for a parent to get a pet, only if, the parent wants it as much as the children want the animal. Because if the children immediately lose interest on the pet, it is more likely that the unfortunate animal will be given up for adoption. It is important to always ask yourself, a parent , before getting a pet the real reason for getting one.
There are also incidents that elderly guardians could no longer take care of their pets because of death or they would have to go to a nursing facility. If the pet parent is already a senior citizen it is important to take into consideration the age of the pet and who will take care of it when the situation turn into worse. If it is uncertain who will take care of the pet, it is best to adopt a pet that is already and wonderfully housebroken older dog.
There are many reasons why pets are put up for adoption everyday. It might be unfortunate events that happened to the pet parent or just avoidance of responsibility. It is important whenever we are getting a pet to consider if we are indeed ready for it and committed in taking care of it.