They are, however, a significant investment of our time, energy, and money. Dogs are commonly surrendered to the MSPCA for one of a few reasons: When individuals surrender for this reason, it's usually due to a change in the family's schedule or a change in the dog's demands that necessitates more time to care for her. Many people find that they can't afford to keep up with the monthly costs of feeding and grooming an adult dog. Others report that they just don't have the time.
The ASPCA estimates that there are nearly 50,000 homeless dogs in Minnesota. The main reason for this is that people often cannot provide the necessary care that each animal needs. If you are thinking about bringing home a new pet, make sure that you can give him or her the attention that they deserve!
There are many other causes for animal abandonment besides lack of time and money. Sometimes animals are abandoned when their owners die or move away. Sometimes an owner may surrender an animal when he or she no longer has the ability to care for it. Sometimes animals are abandoned by their owners who decide that they cannot be cared for properly (such as an aggressive breed being kept as a pet).
Many times animals are abandoned by their owners without any intention of being re-homed. This may be because the individual does not have enough time or money for his or her pets or may even be caused by mental illness or alcoholism.
Giving up a pet Every year, the Animal Humane Society finds loving homes for hundreds of stray dogs, cats, and creatures. We accept every animal that has been given to us, regardless of its health, age, breed, or temperament. The only thing we ask is that you take the time to learn about each animal in order to make the adoption process as easy as possible for all involved.
The Animal Humane Society provides a safe place for animals to live out their lives in peace and with other pets who understand them. We rely on public support to keep our rescue facility clean and healthy, to feed the animals, and to provide them with medical care when needed. If something should happen to disrupt this support system, then many of our animals would not be able to find new families.
People often wonder what happens to animals after they are adopted. Will they get lonely without their family member around? Does it hurt when you give up your pet? These are all natural questions for which there are really only two answers: sometimes yes, sometimes no. Some animals may seem to feel abandoned if they are left alone for too long, while others do not miss being in a family situation at all. Sometimes people feel guilty about losing their pet, but knowing that they have helped save another life makes all the pain worth it.
Dogs desire human attention. They require affection, friendship, exercise, and stimulation. A dog is not the ideal pet for you if you are gone more than eight hours every day. If you can envision yourself having to board your dog for up to twenty days a month due to work or social obligations, you should not adopt a dog.
Dogs are living creatures that need care and feeding. They require food, water, and shelter. Unless you are in a position to provide for these needs, you should not adopt a dog.
Dogs are large and heavy, and they are prone to diseases such as hip dysplasia, skin problems, and heart disease. If you have health issues or are older, you may not be able to cope with this responsibility. You should consider these factors before you decide to adopt a dog.