First off I will say that there ARE people who need to rehome their pet for genuine reasons, this is not aimed at those people. Sometimes no matter what you do a particular pet is just not a good fit for a particular owner/family/situation and will be better off in a different home.
But there are many more who rehome their pet because that’s what’s more convenient. The most recent one I’ve seen is someone “devastated” because they have to rehome their “beloved” pet. They got a lot of advice about how they could just change one thing and they’d be able to keep the pet with no problems. Their answer? “I don’t want to do that though”. Well why the hell not just say in the first place that you can’t be bothered looking for ways to keep your pet and just want it gone now that it’s become an inconvenience?
I see a lot like this though. Especially from dog owners who have been allocated a flat instead of a house with a garden. “It’s not fair to keep the dog cooped up all the time”. More like having no garden means you’ll have no choice but to actually walk the poor dog and you can’t be bothered doing it. Doesn’t matter how many people reply saying that dogs can do perfectly fine in a flat provided they get sufficient walks and opportunity to go out for a pee they just don’t want to know and want the dog gone. Now okay, if you’ve got a baby, 2 toddlers and have been given a 3rd floor flat you’re gonna find it really difficult and maybe it would be best for the dog to be rehomed. But there’s no way I’d consider rehoming my dog just because I’ve been given a flat!
And it seems even out here the majority of dogs being rehomed are adolescent males of medium size and above. Seen the odd female and the occasional older dog but most of them are between 6 months and 2 years. I was told not long ago that this is the case in rescue and shelters in the UK, apparently adolescent males are generally the most difficult dogs of all. Guess I must be a sucker for punishment since that’s what I’ve taken on twice. People get a cute puppy, love it, play with it, neglect to train it or even teach it just basic manners. Adolescence hits and…well, this happens.
This is the phase Spencer’s going through at the moment and while he’s not too bad, mostly a case of selective deafness with him, it can be absolutely horrendous. But it IS just a phase and it will pass and with consistency and continued training they tend to come though it just fine.
Then there are those who rehome a completely unsuitable pet because they didn’t bother doing their research. Great Danes, Wolfhounds, St Bernards and other huge breeds being rehomed for getting “too big”. WTF? Did these people not know they were getting a giant breed and that giant breeds get kinda big? Surely they saw the pups mother at least? Did they think she was just a freak or something? People working full time, getting a puppy and leaving it alone 10 hours a day then rehoming it because it’s impossible to house train or destroys the house. People who don’t want to go for long walks or do a fair bit of training getting high energy, intelligent breeds who need a lot of exercise and mental stimulation then ending up rehoming them because they’re “hyper”. I think one of the most common reasons I’ve seen while out here though is “Husband is away, I can’t cope with the dog, has to go ASAP.” All I can say is that I hope the husband is aware that the wife is rehoming their dog while he’s away. I know what my reaction would be if my hubby were to rehome my dog behind my back!
On the flip side there are people who have done everything they possibly can to try to keep their pet and yet have still ended up having to find it a new home. People who really ARE devastated to have to do so, who truly do love their pet and have tried their best. Yet these people get lumped in with those who haven’t even tried and just want their pet gone ASAP.
Okay, rant over for now. Just sick to death of seeing pets being rehomed for no good reason. I’m sure if the pet really isn’t wanted in its home it’s better off elsewhere but people should put more thought into getting one in the first place.