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Why Do People Give Up Their Dogs?

As difficult as it may seem to animal lovers, some people simply do not want a pet in their lives. Some have had pets previously and others have chosen not to get one in the first place. With as beneficial as living with a pet can be, why would someone not want to share their lives with one?

The American Humane Association (AHA) recently conducted research that may help answer this question. The goal of this study was to help pets remain in their homes and reduce the number of animals euthanized in shelters. The study included responses from people who had never owned pets as well as those who had but chose not to again.
Here are the questions asked as well as the findings from the study thus far:

These results can perplex pet lovers who willingly take on the responsibility of an animal companion. However, there is a positive side to this survey. Millions of pets are given up each year by owners who are no longer able or willing to care for them. By acknowledging that their home is not a good fit for an animal, those like the respondents noted above are showing good judgment.
The more honestly that we look at our ability to care for animals, the more responsible we become as pet owners-and the better our pets’ lives are overall.