The welfare Charity Dogs Trust has released a report into the various reasons owners have given up their pets. The reasons vary from the slightly understandable to the complete absurd. Of course the charity wants to promote the message that a dog is for life and not just for Christmas.
The fur clashes with the sofa
The dog is becoming less cute
The dog barks too much
The dog could not perform tricks.
He keeps passing wind
He keeps scaring the goldfish
The Dog’s Trust will refuse to rehome any dogs from the festive period between December the 22nd and Jaunary the 2nd due to people getting and giving dogs as presents without really thinking it through.
At the Dogs Trust centre in Uddingston in South Lanarkshire, an unexpected littler of Labrador and collie cross puppies were brought in. The owners had managed to give away four of the puppies to homes but the other 4 they were not able to. Of course the Dogs Trust get genuine reasons like these however there are some owners who give up their pets because they did not comprehensively think through what owning a dog would truly mean and how much effort it would require. For the Dogs Trust the second reason can be highly frustrating for all the team involved in looking after the dogs.
George Paparakis who is an assistant manager at the centre said that 'Sometimes there are real reasons why dogs have to come in to us, but it can get quite frustrating when people perhaps don’t truly understand what it means to live with a dog,'
'So sometimes the dogs will come back to us and some of the reasons that we’ve seen over the years have been: The colour of the dog doesn’t match the colour of the sofa; or the dog has got too big for the house; or the dog barks and makes too much noise.
Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. The average lifespan of one is 13 years nand they cost around £8,000 over the whole course of their lifes including vet bills, food bills and general costs. This does not even take into account the cost of your time and dedication. Paparkis says that this is a huge commitment that many people do not understand.
Clarissa Baldin, chief executive of the trust said that "Dogs can provide a world of happiness and enjoyment, and we urge anyone considering a new addition to the family to think it through properly and remember that the only place a puppy should be is on the outside of the wrapping paper, not inside it.'