If you have to surrender a pet, please consider all the options available to you. Your choices can affect the most positive outcome for your pet, and perhaps your conscience when compelled to give up your canine/feline family member and companion.
10 top reasons people surrender their pets to animal shelters:
1. Moving – Most surrenders involve people who are moving.
2. Landlord – Renters face pet ownership rules and restrictions.
3. Cost – Financial issues prevent adequate care of pets.
4. Time – The time commitment for their pet becomes an issue.
5. Space – The living space is inadequate for proper pet care.
6. Numbers – Owners decide they have too many pets in the home.
7. Illness – The pet has medical issues due to age or illness.
8. Problems – People encounter unexpected personal problems.
9. Biting – The pet is affected in ways that lead to biting.
10. Littermates – Placing all littermates is usually difficult.
Many of these reasons cannot be anticipated which leaves pet owners emotionally stressed while weighing options in a difficult situation.
Publicly funded animal shelters serve a cost effective choice, yet owners should realize your pet could face less than a 50/50 chance of being adopted. There is a high rate of euthanization attributed to animal shelters and it is due to lack of the following: space, adoptions, or rescue organization support.
The typical process for pets that enter an animal shelter include examination, evaluation, and then the decision to either euthanize your pet or place it as available for adoption. Temperament, age, health, and behavior can affect that decision.
Some shelters have a policy due to overcrowding that surrendered pets are immediately euthanized without evaluation. Yes, perfectly healthy adoptable pets may have zero chance at adoption because there’s no room in the overloaded system.
Here are some things to consider when surrendering a pet:
· Contact a private non-profit animal rescue group. Those pets accepted into a rescue group are provided a safe haven without high risk of euthanization compared to public shelters.
· DO NOT place a “Free to Good Home” ad, or simply dump the pet in a nice neighborhood. Each can result in risk that your pet will not get the chance to enjoy the life they deserve.
· If you are considering giving up your pet, for whatever reason, do the right thing. Give your pet to people who really care. Also, provide detailed information about the pet’s history including likes and dislikes, health, and behavior. That way you improve their chance of being matched to the right family who is most capable for a happy adoption.o