Not able to handle your dog
There are many reasons that you may have to surrender your dog, the most common being an inability to handle him or her. If your dog is not good with children, you are no longer able to handle the hours of training that would be needed to make them more tolerant or friendly towards small children. If your dog has become aggressive or disobedient over time, you may not have the means required to train him or her out of these behaviors. And if you are simply too busy and/or too exhausted from work and/or raising a family (and possibly other pets) to properly care for your dog at all anymore, it’s probably time for a change.
If one of these situations applies to you, it’s best for everyone involved if you start looking into finding a new home for your pet as soon as possible. This will help them find a new home faster and reduce their stress levels by keeping them in their familiar environment until they go off on their next adventure!
Your dog has behavioral problems
Dogs can have behavioral problems for a variety of reasons. You might be able to resolve some common issues yourself. For example, destructive chewing may simply be a case of your dog needing to chew due to boredom or anxiety. In this case, you could resolve the issue by providing him with more exercise or plenty of safe and tasty chews.
However, there are many other behavioral problems that are not so easy to remedy. For example, if your dog is aggressive towards other dogs or people- even family members!- it can be very difficult to correct the behavior without professional help (and even then success is not guaranteed). If you try and fail at resolving your dog’s behavior problem, know that surrendering him is an option.
You may feel guilty about surrendering your dog. You may even feel like a failure as an owner because it didn’t work out with you and your pet. That’s okay! The most important thing is giving your dog the best life possible – and if that means finding him a new home where he’ll flourish instead of continuing to suffer from behavioral issues then surrendering him is the right choice.
Your dog is aggressive or dangerous
If your dog is aggressive or has a history of biting, you may be called to surrender him or her to the local humane society. If a dog has demonstrated aggression in the past, chances are good that he will bite again—and certain death by euthanasia may be the only option. Shelters can help you to find an alternative trainer and ensure your dog doesn’t have to die. They also provide training classes for owners who may not have been able to resist the urge to feed their dogs milk bones every time they asked nicely.
You are moving
You’re moving. Your landlord won’t allow pets in your new apartment. Or maybe you are moving to a new city or country and will be living in temporary housing for a few months before securing a long-term place to stay. Whatever the reason, you have to find a home for your pet. You love him or her but don’t want to cause any unnecessary harm by putting him or her in an unsafe environment or situation. Here’s what you can do:
- Give the dog away to a family member, friend, work colleague or neighbor (make sure they are genuinely interested).
- Contact local rescues and shelters that take owner surrenders (check their websites for details) and get on their wait lists.
Your dog’s health issues are too costly
You might be surprised to learn how many people encounter this problem and overcome it. There are a variety of ways to subsidize your pet’s care, including finding an affordable veterinarian on sites such as Nextdoor and Angie’s List or seeking financial assistance through sources like Red Rover, the Pet Fund and the Animal Medical Center.
It is not easy to give up a pet you love, but it is best for him/her if:
- You cannot afford her continued medical treatment.
- Your family is moving out of state or country, and your new living situation does not allow pets (i.e., you’re moving into a no-pet apartment).
Your dog isn’t puppy anymore
Another reason people may consider giving up their dog is to make room for a new puppy. This is understandable. Puppies are adorable, and are naturally playful and fun. However, older dogs still have plenty of love to give! Dogs in general are very loyal animals, but senior pets often have a greater appreciation for the home they’re in and the family who cares for them. In addition, senior pets often need more care than puppies do since they’re no longer as young and spry as they once were. The good news is that most shelters waive adoption fees for senior pets or offer lower fees so it’s easy to find your next best friend at an affordable price!
It can be hard to give up a pet, but shelters can help you put your pet in a better home.
If you are considering surrendering your dog to a shelter, you may be feeling guilty about the decision. You shouldn’t feel bad about the decision, though; what you should feel is pride for giving your pet a chance at a better life. Shelters are very good at matching pets with potential owners who want them and who can offer these pets the kind of home they deserve. And if an owner is having trouble training or caring for their pet, shelters can provide resources (such as pet parenting classes) to help people learn how to take care of their pets properly.