Do you agree with my theory that this trend towards “rescuing” dogs and cats has only increased abandonment?

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Question by Tom: Do you agree with my theory that this trend towards “rescuing” dogs and cats has only increased abandonment?
of these pets?

For example, everyone sees people around them who brag about “rescuing” pets.
So a lot of people will get a dog or cat and try it out and will dump it back to the dog pound or Humane Society a few months later if they don’t like this animal, because they justify it in the back of their mind.. .they think “well, someone will come along and “rescue” this dog i abandoned”
And i am talking about any pet…. pets that are purebred, or adopted, or whatever.
in short – a Revolving Door policy, if you will….
or more scientifically – Supply and Demand… the more “good-hearted” people who rescue (demand) the more “mean” people will abandon (supply)

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Answer by ec123456789able
i am not sure if this is correct. people have been abandoning animals for centuries however now there are more charities and helpfull people for animals. interesting question though.

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6 comments on “Do you agree with my theory that this trend towards “rescuing” dogs and cats has only increased abandonment?

  1. Nope.

    If not for rescues, the dogs would simply be dumped in the nearest field to fend for themselves….I came by three of my own dogs that way.

    Even WITH rescues it happens. Our rescue currently has an Old English Sheepdog and a spaniel mix whose owners were planning to “turn them loose” to fend for themselves because they were getting a divorce. Fortunately someone talked them out of it.

    If irresponsible people dont want a dog, they will dump it somewhere. Whether its taken care of or not is immaterial to such people.

    Hopefully, the screening that a rescue does will weed out people like that as applicants.

    Most of the dogs our rescue places do not come back unless the owner dies. There is one dog who has come back twice when the owner died, but those that come back usually are returned within the first two weeks, and then placed in a new home.

  2. No I dont think this is the case.
    In many circumstances, people adopt the wrong dog into their home, and are reluctant to hand it back to the shelter for fear that it will be euthenased.
    Back up should always be avaliable for owners to return their dogs if things dont work out- whether it is from the breeder, the shelter, or the original owner.
    I myself will only take on new animals on a temporary basis, and then give them a week or so to see how they are going. If they are having difficulty adjusting, I give them more time, but if my existing pets are really unhappy, and I dont believe the new pet will work with them, then I will hand them back- im not risking my pets lives.
    I believe that people have always abandoned their pets. The difference now is that more people have pets. Of course the abandonment rate is going to increase as a result.
    The great thing is that more and more people are turning to rescue dogs.
    The bad thing about rescue dogs is that not all of them are going to fit into their new homes. Depending on the circumstances, the dog may have originally been abandoned, or strayed, due to behavioural problems that the shelter staff do not know about. Inexperienced owners may not have the knowledge or the experience to cope with these kinds of problems.

    As our society grows to be more pet conscious, and animal behaviourists and trainers become more common, regularly avaliable, and less expensive, I think there will be a further rise in pet care, and hopefully, a change in the way we are treating our pets, so that these behavioural problems are no longer an issue, and people and their dogs can lead a happy life together, just as it should be.

  3. life is running out on me

    Yeah, I agree with you there. People dump off their pets thinking, “oh, he’ll find a home really quick”. Sadly, there aren’t enough homes… especially in this horrible wreck of an economy.

  4. This has been going on for along time before the “trend” of rescuing. Some people have always looked at pets as disposable, and will dump a pet when it’s no longer cute or they actually have to do some work with it.
    People will justify what they do anyway they can to make themselves feel better and talk themselves out of the fact that they are the main reason we have shelters. it’s nothing new.

  5. It doesn’t happen all that often. Namely because reputable shelters and agencies will have measures in place to prevent it.

    My shelter, for example, is a simple place to adopt from – they don’t have a ton of requirements. However you DO have to have a valid ID (so you can’t just lie because they WILL run your name and SS#) and they DO run a background check on you. They WILL find out if you’ve been to other shelters, if you’ve adopted pets before, and if you have current pets.

    Shelters also try to help match pets to people – and if they don’t like something about a person they can deny adoption. Typically if they do, other rescues or shelters hear about it. So in reality while it IS possible, it also isn’t likely.

    It’s much more likely a person will do this with pet store or newspaper pups/dogs (IE people who don’t do background checks or even care about what happens to the animals.) They’ll get the dog, then dump it later on. Again, not likely to happen (multiple times) with a shelter who will catch on and start denying adoptions at some point.

  6. yes

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