Animal shelters are overloaded with homeless pets because there are far more animals than there are people looking to adopt. Rescue organizations can be seen just about every weekend hosting adoption events, and even television and radio stations have spots dedicated to helping find homes for animals in need.
In spite of knowing this, an astonishing number of people make the decision to “get rid of” their dog. Occasionally there are legitimate reasons for re-homing an animal, in cases where every possible thing has been done to make things work before giving up on a pet.
However, you may be surprised that the majority of people looking to give up their pet are doing it for reasons such as jumping up, barking, they are moving or having difficulty paying for food. While these are certainly legitimate problems, they are not necessarily reasons to get rid of a pet.
It is the responsibility of every pet owner to do every possible thing to keep their animal.
As for behavioral issues such as barking, jumping, chewing or other problems, a little training goes a long way toward teaching pets to live within the rules of their home. There are many options available to fit any budget or schedule, including private training in the home or convenient group classes in the community.
As with many other challenges in life, finding a way to keep your pet is the right thing to do. Before “getting rid of” their dog, one should be able to look themselves in the mirror and say, “I absolutely did every possible thing to work this out before I gave up on my pet.”
Lori Verni-Fogarsi has been an author, speaker, small business consultant, and Certified Master Trainer for 18+ years. Her novel, “Momnesia,” (contemporary women’s fiction) has been designated a National Indie Excellence Book Awards Finalist, and her nonfiction book, “Everything You Need to Know About House Training Puppies and Adult Dogs,” has been widely acclaimed in its genre. To learn more, please visit www.LoriTheAuthor.com and join Lori on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LoriTheAuthor