Why do dogs need to be rescued?

Mar 7, 2014

It’s a sad fact that there are too many unwanted dogs and not enough homes.

Many people worry about adopting an older dog from a shelter or rescue organisation because they believe the animal will have behavioural or other problems. But, the truth is that most dogs in pounds and shelters are perfectly normal, well-behaved dogs who are there through no fault of their own!

  • Dogs get accidentally lost from gates being left open.
  • Dogs get frightened by thunderstorms and fireworks, escape, and then become lost.
  • Inappropriate dogs are chosen on impulse, and later dumped or handed into the shelter.
  • Their companions just lose interest in them.

Dogs lose their homes for many different reasons, most of them having nothing to do with problems of the dog, but rather with those of the person giving them up. The top ten reasons* people surrender their dogs are:

1. Moving

2. Landlord not allowing pets

3. Too many animals in household

4. Cost of pet maintenance

5. Owner having personal problems

6. Inadequate facilities

7. No homes available for litter mates

8. Having no time for pet

9. Pet illness

10. Biting

[*US Study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS)].

Older dogs can also have many advantages over puppies, such as toilet training, no chewing and a known temperament. The most important thing is to find the right type of dog to suit the individual. Most dogs become unwanted because people don’t do enough research or thinking about the right sort of dog (if any) to suit their lifestyle.

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