Dog rehoming is a controversial discussion that elicits an emotional response. Dogs are the quintessential pets for decades, capable of many great things. As such, it is sometimes baffling why some owners find rehoming as the best option. There are many reasons why there is an increasing number of dogs in dog rehoming centres. The situation is less than ideal for the dogs. Let us learn some ways to avoid this heart-breaking situation as well as know what to do when there is no alternative choice.
Depending on the dog breed, dog ownership can be a costly and time-consuming endeavour. An article from The Dodo cited that people surrender pets for economic reasons. People with annual income below £40,000 were significantly more likely to rehome due to the cost and housing issues.
You may be living securely in the present, but are you financially comfortable for a long-term responsibility? There are certain situations where your pet may be in need of expensive medical procedures or treatment from having developed health complications. Your pooch may be put in close monitoring especially with his nutritional needs that require a prescription diet.
Think about the bigger picture. The daily expenses may become burdensome and other issues may manifest. The good news is that there are organisations that can help with vet bills.
Whilst some cats are fine or even happy when left at home, a dog, on the other hand, thrives more on human companionship. You may have enough time and energy when you acquired a dog, but are you ready for adjustments when there are changes in life circumstances? There are situations when you need to work for long hours or when you need to be away to attend business trips.
Before getting a dog, think about:
- Your career. Consider the progress of your career in the future. Will you still have the time to attend to the needs of your pet? Will it affect your work-life balance?
- Changes in schedule of all family members.
- The dog’s requirement. Whilst there are some breeds that can be left alone for longer periods, there are some breeds that demand more of your time and attention.
There are canines that are surrendered due to unwanted behaviours. Behavioural problems in dogs include:
- Aggressive behaviours
- Destructive chewing
- Excessive barking and howling
- Inappropriate play-biting
- Separation anxiety
These behaviours are often caused by a lack of training or traumatic experiences. Do you have time to invest in obedience training classes?
Changes in relationship circumstances
Changes can happen through a split-up or a separation between partners, one partner cannot get on with the dog, and the addition of pets cause problems in the relationship.
It is best to prepare for issues that might happen in the future. It should be openly discussed with the family or the partner. There should be a clear understanding between partners on the arrangement should anything changes.
In addition, there are also celebratory changes such as welcoming children in the family. Most dogs have longer lifespans and can live for over ten years. If you are planning for pregnancy, is having a dog still a good idea? Will you be able to tend to his care during and after pregnancy? If you are one hundred per cent sure that your answers are all ‘yes,’ think about the dog breeds that get along well with children. There are some breeds that are naturally calmer in the company of children.
Changes in accommodation
Is your current living accommodation suitable for a puppy or a fully grown dog? Apart from the space, you also have to consider how your neighbours will react with the addition of pets. As for apartment dwellers, ensure that you have received permission from the landlord before getting one.
How do I find a good home for my dog?
When rehoming a pet, the safest bet is to ask family or friends if they are interested in adopting your pet. Consider making a home visit to the interested person’s house to check out if the setting is suited for the pet. Tell them everything about your pet, to make sure they are indeed ready for the long-term commitment.
Another option is contacting an animal rescue centre. Do your own research of their adoption policies before giving up your dog. Select one that has partnerships with other organisations that increase their audience exposure to potential adopters.
Rehoming your dog can be a heart-breaking decision. However, take comfort in knowing that you have looked at all possibilities and exhausted all means before deciding to rehome your pet.