So you’ve had a pet for a while, and your life is changing, and now you think you need to get rid of your pet. If you leave your pet at a shelter, you may think he will find a new home soon. But it is unlikely. Many high-kill shelters must euthanize animals each day in order to make room for new ones who have come in. Even in a no-kill shelter, your pet may be doomed to live out the rest of his life in a small cage if he is not chosen for adoption. Let’s look at some of the most common reasons why people get rid of their pets, and how to get around them.
Reason 1: Relocating
Bring your pet with! A quick Google search for “pet-friendly housing” will show you many different directories of rental housing that allows pets. Many apartment buildings and complexes will allow pets. You may have to pay an extra security deposit. But in the end, it will be worth it, to keep your pet with you!
Reason 2: I can no longer cater my pets
Call your local animal shelter, or food pantry, and ask about pet food banks. They do exist, and are becoming more and more common! You can even make your own dog food, which may be cheaper in the long run. Your local animal shelter, or your veterinarian, may also be able to tell you about free or low cost vet care for your pets.
Reason 3: My new partner or roommate doesn’t like pets
Are you really going to sacrifice your pet on someone else’s whim? Are you sure you want to date someone or live with someone who doesn’t like pets? If you’re sure you want to stick with this person, work out a compromise. Maybe your pet can be banned from certain areas of the house, like the bedroom or the kitchen.
Reason 4: We’re having a baby
Pets and children are a great combination! Most pets are perfectly fine around children, although they may be a little confused by the new arrival at first. You should always supervise your pet around young children. As your child gets older, you will have to teach the child to be gentle with the pets. If you have a pet, you may want to do some extra training with him before the baby comes, to teach him not to jump up on you when you’re holding the baby, etc.
Reason 5: I have developed health problems.
Speak to your veterinarian, neighbors, friends, people at your place of worship, etc. You can probably find some volunteers to help you take care of your pet. Having a pet can be a source of comfort when you are ill. In fact, many studies have shown that people with pets have lower blood pressure, lower heart rates, and are generally healthier, than those without pets.
These are just a few of the common reasons why people consider giving up their pets. But remember, every problem has a solution. So, before you give up on your pet, please take some time to remedy the problems!