We know it’s always a hard decisions to surrender a pet to a shelter or a rescue, but before you do, do you know your animal surrender myths?

  1. My pet will be happier in a home that can give her more attention.
    • False: Many pets experience grief, loss, stress, and depression when rehomed, even if the new owner has more time to care for the pet.  Imagine yourself as a dependent child, and ask yourself if you’d rather live with people who didn’t work as much, or with the caretakers that you had come to know, love, and rely on.  Research has shown that spending just 15 minutes per day with your pet is enough to keep them emotionally healthy & happy.
  2. My pet will be happier in a home where there are no kids taking away from his attention.
    • False: Again, research has shown that spending just 15 minutes per day with your pet is enough to keep them emotionally healthy & happy.  A dog has the mental capacity of the average 2 year old child, and can grow attachments that are just as real and intense as any toddler.  These bonds are more important to your dog than most anything else.
  3. My pet will be better off in a different home because I’m worried he’s showing signs of anxiety, aggression, and/or dominance in my home.
    • False: A dog showing aggression or anxiety has a high likelihood of being euthanized after being surrendered.  With 17,000 pets being born in the US every single day, there is not enough resources and space to work with dogs that have behavioral problems, especially if they are a danger to others.  Even at a highly specialized rescue, such as ourselves, these dogs often spend months or years institutionalized before they are adopted, and are sometimes returned even then.  To provide your pet the best possible chance at a quality life, please consider hiring a professional trainer or taking your pet to behavioral classes before making the decision to surrender your pet.  Learning how to respond properly to your pet’s unwanted behavior, and the best ways to correct it, can go miles for you, your pets, and your family.  For behavioral help to get you started, please check out the following links:
  4. My pet is getting old and she’ll be better off in a place where she can get the medical care she needs.
    • False: Just like dog with special behavioral needs, there is often not enough resources for senior dogs, and they often spend the last of their time institutionalized.  Please remember that to your pet, quality of life trumps quantity, and they rather spend their last days with you than to be rehomed.  Although it’s never an easy decision on what to do with your pet when they need geriatric care, please weigh if it will be more humane to be with your senior pet, holding him, during a humane euthanasia or if he might be fated for the same end in the shelter system, but alone and frightened.
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