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Thought I had heard everything- reasons for abandoning pets

May 3rd, 2006, 07:32 PM
While I was at the SPCA the other night picking up a rescue I overheard a couple who were giving up their dog. When I first looked at the dog on the counter I thought it was a golden pup but when it turned around it was obvious it wasn't. The dog was around 2 years old and very friendly, happily greeting the people who worked there. The reason he was being given up ... now get this... the people were told when they bought him as a pup that he was a Spaniel which it turns out, he is not. He looked like a cross between a Blonde cocker and King Cavalier spaniel. Somebody at the puppy mill made a mistake, I guess. He had been through obedience training. When they complained to whomever they bought him from that he didn't look like a spaniel they agreed to refund half their money and sell them another dog. They were told by the "breeder" that he would be euthanized and they didn't want that so they brought him to the SPCA. :mad: Wasn't that nice of them? I had to shut my mouth and get out of there. He meant no more to him than a piece of furniture.

May 3rd, 2006, 07:47 PM
I wonder how many dogs they will go through before someone at the SPCA finally cracks. There are people I wish we could "rehome" to another planet - those two would be on the first flight out.

May 3rd, 2006, 07:49 PM
Wow!! IF I found out in a few years that Joey was half american cocker or half basset hound or other breed I wouldnt be bringing him to the spca.

I would however ask for half my money back....... just kidding on that one :D

May 3rd, 2006, 09:10 PM
What kind of people don't get emotional bound to a family pet after 2 years?
What kind????
I don't even want to know.

May 4th, 2006, 12:16 AM
What kind of people don't get emotional bound to a family pet after 2 years?
What kind????
I don't even want to know.
They are the kind of people who get rid of their dogs because they don't "go with" their designer lifestyles.:sad:

May 4th, 2006, 12:37 AM
Just think a step on from this, They may even have or be able to have kids:sad: And god knows if they arnt perfect:eek:

May 4th, 2006, 07:19 AM
when I worked in rescue, I remember someone surrenering a dog because it did not match the couch, and she asked if she could adopt one of the same color as her couch. Needless to say after the poor dog was with us, I laughed in her face.... some people think of dogs and cats as objects with no life to them very sad. I had to get out, I was too emotionally drained:yuck:

May 4th, 2006, 11:38 AM
I adopted Daisy from the spca.While I was waiting for the paperwork,a couple came in and surrender a 3 yr old black labrador,very nice dog,very happy.The reason;he jumps on them when he's happy!!!The staff and me were exchanging looks,the dog wasn't neutered so they told the couple it might help to get the dog neutered,they said;no,no,anyway,we work and are not at home during the day!!!WOW!We all bit our lips.Imagine working there and hearing those stupid people and comments all day long.:mad:

May 4th, 2006, 12:27 PM
ya working in the rescue field for many years you hear it all, there are alot of:crazy: people out there. The one I liked the best was a woman who left her sleeping baby in the car while she went into have a look at the cats available for adoption, she came up to the counter to fill out paperwork on a cat that had just been brought up to the front viewing rooms " I'd like to adopt that cat because.... she has the same colour hair as I do" this cat was a very red persian that had to be shaved down because of all the matting, I did have to agree with the woman that they did have the same colour hair but... over my dead body she would adopt her:crazy: woman. Another time, a couple brought in their old dog because they didn't want to take it on vacation, little did they know that their old dog was heartbroken and died in my arms acouple days later, it made me :sick: and very:mad: to think how could they do this to their old dog.

May 4th, 2006, 12:29 PM
I couldnt do it!! thats for sure, i have a bit of a "mouth" and would end up telling mostly everyone off! I dont have patience for stupid people and I let them know! ( therefore i could never work at a shelter, the pets would end up suffereing in the long run)
the people were told when they bought him as a pup that he was a Spaniel which it turns out, he is not. He looked like a cross between a Blonde cocker and King Cavalier spaniel.
It took 2 years to notice that!!! Whatever, just needed an excuse to "dump" the poor doggie off! I couldnt have kept my mouth shut there (however i would have let them know what i felt after the dog was signed over!!)
I wouldnt care ( like most of us on here) if I was told my dog was a Boxer but ended up being half and half Rottie. I would have loved her as much! :mad: :mad: SOME PEOPLE are rediculous!!!!!!

May 4th, 2006, 05:18 PM
It would be the same thing if the hospital called me and told me they'd made a mistake and the kids were mixed up with soemone elses and I didn't bring home my baby. I wouldn't give them back.

And when we got Joey they told us he was shih tzu and he seemed like such a friendly dog. We got him home and found out that he was not all shh tzu. We couldn't have cared less as we werent shopping for a particular breed. We also found out, after we got him home, that he was a grumpy guy. Not the easygoing pup he seemed. It turns out he just seemed calm because he was scared.

But once he was home he was HOME. That was that. You bring them in, you love them. End of story.

May 4th, 2006, 06:23 PM
If they bought from a breeder selling mutts, how did they find out he wasn't pure? A moron is a moron, you know? I mean most people believe the papers no matter what if they haven't done any research...


heidi van s
May 6th, 2006, 02:03 AM
It is truly shocking what some people do with their animals. They should be shut up in an asylum!

May 6th, 2006, 09:39 AM
When I receive a call from someone wanting to surrender a dog I ask them why. They will proceed to give me some excuse and assume I will sympathize with them. No way am I going to absolve them of their guilt. They are going to ask God for forgiveness because they aren't getting it from me. I take the dog, have them sign it over to me and then say goodbye.

Last week I received a call from someone who wanted Tally. The person assumed I would just turn her over to them, probably expected me to deliver her too. The person went on to tell me that they were the best person for Tally. That set off some warning signals. Anhow this person told me they use to have a golden, it died and recently got another type of dog, a purebred, took obedience classes and spent a fortune on it. She then went on to say that the day before she had given away the other dog because it had eaten some shoes, boots and a couch. She made sure to tell me she gave it away, twice, like I would be impressed that she didn't sell it. She then said she worked at home but the dog would have to leave her alone as she worked. Yup, I am going to hand Tally over to her, NOT!!!!!!!!!

May 6th, 2006, 12:39 PM
OMG that's horrible! Thank goodness for screening.:rolleyes:

May 10th, 2006, 02:29 PM
We had a husky that was pulled from the pound and taken into our rescue. She was about 8 years old and left there by her owner who said they were moving and couldn't take her (typical story). She had cancerous lumps all over her body, infected and abscessed teeth and nails that were turning under her paws. She spend something like 3 hours on the operating table. Her bills were well over $1000.

She was very distraught by being given up at such a late age, as most are, and it took her months to settle in. This woman who dropped her off had the nerve to contact the foster home and ask to visit her dog because she really missed her. She was told it wouldn't be fair and would be too hard on the dog. They told her everything this poor dog had been through and all the owner said was "oh, I didn't know she was sick".

This beautiful Husky found a super home after months and months of waiting. The people loved her and she had a little girl to play with who adored her. Unfortunately she had another tumour we weren't aware of and passed away after only 3 months of being in her new home. Thats all we can ever ask for, is for them to be loved until their last day. If she had been taken care of properly by her owner she might still be here!:mad:

May 10th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Boots, shoes, couch....I love this dog with all my heart!! Need I say more??


May 10th, 2006, 09:36 PM
He (Boobear) has grown out of the chewing stage...;) I'm just a pack rat?? And it was always ONE shoe...never both!! I can replace shoes...not him!

May 10th, 2006, 10:54 PM
I can replace shoes...not him!
Some people just dont have this logic or simply value matierial things more than the love and companionship of a pet!!
My Kita gurl destroyed my couch when she was 7 months old!!! withing 20 minutes!!!! I left for work and my boyfriend called me on my way and informed me of this. I was upset but heck IT WAS JUST A COUCH!!! (replaceable) and i stand firmly on the fact that "Dogs do dog things!!" The list of things around my house that have been destroyed by my dogs is prolly endless, there has been alot of things and im sure that there will be more!!
Ex: Guys hipwaders, aircompressor hoses, Meiko stole a cordless drill and burried it in the flower garden, shoes shoes and more shoes, couch, shed door, every year we have to buy a new garden hose!! the list goes on!! NEVER would i "dispose" of any of them for this!!!! EVER!! It makes my dogs who they are, the chewing has slowed down but not stopped!!! And thats fine with me!!
Some people are just to much!!!

Elaine H
May 10th, 2006, 11:33 PM
Our Akita when we had him made a hole all the way through a King size mattress. Of course right in the middle of the top mattress and half way through the box spring. What a mess that was!!!
The two GWP that I have now, when pups, liked my brand new leather shoes, and at that my favorite ones, but only chewed one of the shoes never two. The couch arm looks like one of my dining room chairs, but the whole round end of mine was no longer any where to be found! I am thankful they are grown up now.
Oh but watch those knee high nylons, that might fall off the shelf, one of them ate it, two weeks ago, but gave it back to me about four days later and left it in the backyard. He must have known i was looking for it. Just thankful I got it back! LOL. I kept looking for it and WA LA there it was on the grass. Elaine

May 10th, 2006, 11:40 PM
LOL don't get me started on this - I have reasons to complain! For one thing, Hunter was supposed to be a beagle/blue heeler mix and for a while he looked the part. If only you could see him now. He's also bigger, His face reminds me of a pitbull more than a beagle (his skin is stretched except over his eybrows and the corner of his lips - you can't see the "pitbull" look all the time it's just... You have to look at him long enough to get it) and possibly a mix with another big dog.... Maybe like a german pointer... he's big enough to reach EVERYTHING including countertops.... They told us he would be a "small" dog. He's growing so fast he's past "small" and onto "medium" now and he's only 4 months!

And then my mom's dog is hillarious. They also said she was a "small terrier mix"... Well that dog's head already reaches my waist - she is BIG.

Would we return our dogs just because they don't fit the description we originally got them for? no! Instead, we're crazy enough to move out of our apartments and try to buy a house with a nice back yard. People who get pets for "designer" purposes are just plain stupid. Pets become family and all you ahve to do is take one good look at their little eyes and know that whether you like it or not, their world now revolves around YOU.

heidi van s
May 11th, 2006, 01:05 AM
these stories are truly hilarious. I love dogs but have cats. We bought a beautiful pedigreed English boxer named Boots. He was only 9 months old when we had to move from South Africa to England. Well, I was devasted .I didn't have the heart to put him in quarantine for 6 months, which was the law then in the UK. So I gave him to my sister who lived on a small holding and our cat as well. Believe me, it broke my heart, but the thought of quarantine for 6 months for my pets who were used to large grounds etc was too much. They were in good care and given all the love. I vowed never again in my life would this happen. We moved from Johannesburg to Cape Town and our 3 cats flew with us. We then had to move to Belgium and I told my husband that if our cats can't come with, then I was not going! Fortunately there is no quarantine period in Belgium so our 3 cats flew with us and here we are! Also at our own expense, the company would not pay to relocate them either! My one cat is 12, and the other 2 are 15 years old.
I have never had a problem with them, I have been firm with them and they know that they are not allowed on the kitchen table tops and they don't claw the furniture either etc. To my mind rearing a pet is just the same as bringing up children they need love , understanding and discipline.

May 11th, 2006, 03:23 PM
When we were moving we fixed up the old house to make it more saleable,you know painting just general make it beautiful.After we finished Hawk and Oscar,the greys decided to start chewing window frames.Tess started jumping on the front door and trying to dig it open,made scratches about an inch deep in the door and destroyed the gyproc on both sides, one of the cats(never found out who)started peeing in the bathtub.It felt like a conspiracy to make us not move.In the end we managed to buy our farm and move before we sold the old one,the house sold empty nine days after we moved and the gang went back to normal instead of housewreckers.

heidi van s
May 12th, 2006, 03:49 AM
Just shows how perceptive our pets are! Whenvever we go away as soon as our cats see our suitcases come out, they know something is up!