Well I volunteer with the SPCA which (ours) only takes in abuse cases. The Springer rescue takes in dogs because... owners moving, allergies, medical issues (with the dog), owners just not wanting the dog, and we also get alot of elder people moving to nursing homes or dying.
The thing is, a lot of people are NOT going to tell the truth when they turn over a pet. They are not going to admit that THEY made a mistake-they don't have the time or the patience or the money. They didn't do their research. They got a pup or a kitten from a pet shop or a friend on a whim-didn't think it out. The reasons we get most is-
I'm moving, can't take my pet (personally, if I couldn't take my pet, I wouldn't be moving there) My boyfriend doesn't like the dog/cat (get a new boyfriend) Have a new baby-don't have time (you should have thought of that BEFORE getting a pet) My son/daughter/boyfriend/husband is allergic (and you just found this out after how many years?) Got a new dog/cat, and they don't get along.
Most of the time, I think the people just don't want to be bothered and/or don't take the time to properly train the dog, so they can't control its behavior.
As you can tell, I have little patience (make that, NO patience) for people who turn their pets over to a shelter!
I would say the biggest reason for dog surrenders are behavioral issues. Most are bigger breeds that weren't trained early during puppy hood, and those cute behaviors from puppyhood are not so cute when they are bigger.
Well I don't know if these are top reasons but here are some that we get.
1. re-did the house - dog doesn't go with couch or rug anymore.
2. puppy peed on the floor. this is after adopting it 24 hours before.
3. the dog is a bloodhound mix and he howls to much.
The one that really got everyone was the people that brought their dog in because they couldn't potty train it. Instead of letting us find it a new home they had it put down. It was a very nice puppy too. Under a year old. Can't remember though if it was a doxie or cocker. It was a few years ago.
Then a lot of the dogs are there because they got loose and the owners didn't care enough to come looking for them.
1. Moving 2. New baby 3. Allergic 4. Behavior 5. Got to big/not cute anymore
But that's just what people say so who know if that their real reasons or not. The worst one I took in was a 6 year old mutt they had had since it was a pup that they HAD to get rid of because they had a new puppy coming and their apartment only allowed one pet.
The worst I had to deal with was from my very own sister, she dropped f the Shiba-Inu we rescued after having her in the family for about 5 years off at the spca because she couldnt deal with the hair anymore.
replying to the question why are so many in shelters(cats AND dogs) people's shallowness and laziness to meet an issue head on and solve it I used to work at a large humane society and so many people would surrender their animals for behavior issues or cos they didn't want to bother to do the work to find a place to live that accepted pets or pay the deposit(In our area deposits could be quite pricey at times though not always) around the USA that is the number#1 reason why people surrender pets rightly or wrongly so ,many shelters are instituting having a behaviorist employed with a helpline people can call for help with behavior issues the one I worked for even sends out postcards around the county to people so that if they have a pet who might have "issues" they can call the Humane society behaviorist and get help to keep the pet instead of turning it in!Also they have new parent classes for new puppy and kitten owners that they are required to take to complete the adoption process so that this "BS" crap doesn't get pulled so much then they have to send in a copy of the course completion just like they do after getting spayed or neutered. It can help if the people are serious(so many are impulse/shallow adopters though)
***Edited By: plrcdhlvr on 12/24/2006 10:27:16 PM*** Reason: misspelling and added thoughts
Ruffian: I totally do not blame you...your own sister! I had a classmate who KNEW i worked at the humane society(community college classmate) and would have taken the dog and helped him out but he dumped the dog near a community flea market instead who knows what happened to that lovely dog(6 months old german shepherd pup loving as all get out and gorgeous too and obedient as could be!) His g/f said it would get too big(she thought) not all GS's get too big only those who come from big families or are mixed with a larger breed)Anyway he remarked"oh someone will pick him/her out there they always do" I wouldn't talk to him for the rest of my time there!
what kills me the most are petowners who just leave there pets on the side of the road hoping that the animal gets found or killed(by by passing cars and trucks) sen it alot in louisiana were dead dogs just lay on the side of the rd..... my husband is from la thats why i know seen it with my own eyes
the allergy excuse does not fly with me. sorry if that offends anyone here. but i have severe allergies. giving up the pets was never an option for me, or at least not one that i would even consider. i went to the doctor and got treatment for myself. i also bought a couple of air cleaners for the house. sometimes my eyes will water and burn a little, moreso from the cats, but i deal with it because my animals were a lifetime commitment, and i love them. i could never give them up and have to worry if someone was loving them and treating them as good as i do.
tbird: I totally do too see that I live just over the state line from LA. I live in Mississippi(Vicksburg) and here and over there I see animals all the timeI even hit and killed a possum accidently when I was driving down the road and even though I swerved quickly and widely to avoid him he turned into my wheel and went towards them! I have felt bad about it cos I don't kill animals! I now watch the sides of the road intently so that if I see any animals on the sides I can move in time to avoid them
monkey: I totally know about being allergic! I was born 5 miles outside our small town limit! when I was 8 my doctor told my parents that I was allergic to every furred animal on the continent and told my parents to get rid of the animals we had I said doc that'll happen over my dead body(he replied"that can be arranged"(grin) I took shots for 8 years and at 16 I again was able to move to the country and I grew out of it and was able to live on a horse ranch! I know they have better stuff out there now then when I was taking allergy meds. there was NO way I was going to lose my animals!Luckily my parents agreed
***Edited By: plrcdhlvr on 12/25/2006 3:08:26 PM*** Reason: mistyping