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Why do so many dogs end up at a shelter?

Can you image that those cuties have been given away? No?..Me neither! It’s not the dogs but the peoples fault that so many four-legged friends end up in shelters, the simple reason why is, that people adopt/buy dogs without having enough knowledge about them and without thinking about the consequences of owning and caring for an animal for the rest of their lives.

Here are some of the most common reasons why dogs end up in shelters:

1. Lack of training:

Without consistent and loving leadership and stimulation, many dogs will start to develop problems like barking, jumping and marking. Suddenly the dog seems more of a burden than joy, and people's perception change from seeing them as the sweet, fluffy, cute doggie to a mere irritation. At his point many people do not think twice and simply bring their animal to the shelter without even trying to work on the problems. The described problems are very easy to get under control, all it takes is dedication or some proffessional advice. What are a couple of Rands invested into a book or training session in comparison to all the heartache, trauma and guilt that giving an animal up brings!  Dogs do not come trained! They need diligent leaders who are willing to put in the hours setting rules, boundaries, and limitations, and spending time teaching them commands.  

2. Lifestyle changes:

When people are losing their job, breaking up their relationship, having a new baby, having health issues or are moving they may become overwhelmed by a four-legged friend. Think ahead and try to find ways around these kind of lifestyle changes which will include your forever friend and not abandon him. 

3. Costs:

Food and treats, toys, beds, leashes and collars, grooming, routine veterinary care. Preventive medications and supplements, training classes or resources, petsitters or boarding – pets are expensive. It’s easy to underestimate the costs a dog accounts for, especially if your new friend has special needs or health issues some day.

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These are just a few reasons why a PERFECT dog might end up in a shelter.

Some people may automatically discount looking for a new four-legged friend at a shelter, thinking that such dogs are dogs with diseases, "throw-away dogs" or problem dogs without realizing that there are lots of beautiful animals with perfect natures waiting for their chance of a happy life.

Give shelter dogs a chance, visit one of the many shelter listed on our website or browse through their profiles on our website.

The dogs featured in this article are with PETS, a non-profit, pro-active, pro-life animal rescue organization, who's motto is:

"Adopting one dog may not change the world, but for that dog their world is changed forever!