In this article, we discuss 10 Alternatives To Getting Rid Of Your Pet. Continue reading to learn more about it.
So you’ve had your pet for a long, and your circumstances have changed, and you’ve decided to put your pet down. Putting your pet down is a severe action. You may believe that if you leave your pet at a shelter, he will find a new home shortly. However, this is highly unlikely. Many high-kill shelters must euthanize animals daily to make place for fresh arrivals. Some animals only stay at the shelter for four or five days before finding themselves without a home. In shelters, 56% of dogs and 76% of cats are euthanized, with many of them being healthy, well-behaved animals whose owners didn’t have time for them longer. If your pet is not picked for adoption, even in a no-kill shelter, he may be forced to spend the remainder of his life in a cramped cage.
There are numerous options available to you if you want to keep your pet. Let’s take a look at some of the most common reasons people give up their pets, as well as ways to avoid them.
Reason 1: I’m moving.
Solution: Don’t forget to bring your pet! A fast Google search for “pet-friendly housing” will bring up a number of different rental housing directories that allow pets. Here are a handful that I came across: Pets Welcome, My New Place, Pets911, Home With Pets, and Dog House Properties are all pet-friendly websites. And pet-friendly housing isn’t just for those locations! Pets are welcome in many apartment buildings and complexes. You may be required to pay an additional security deposit. But, in the end, keeping your pet with you will be worth it!
There’s one more thing you should be aware of. Even if circumstances become really bad and you’re homeless, you might not have to give up your pet. Dogs Of The Homeless is a website dedicated to assisting homeless persons in keeping their pets or finding temporary homes for them while they seek employment.
Reason 2: I can no longer pay for my pets.
Solution: Inquire about pet food banks at your local animal shelter or food pantry. They actually exist, and they’re becoming more frequent by the day! You can even prepare your own dog food, which may prove to be more cost-effective in the long term. (Don’t worry, it’s not difficult!) Dogs can consume a lot of the same foods as humans.) Your veterinarian or your local animal shelter may be able to advise you about free or low-cost veterinary care for your pets.
Reason 3: My new boyfriend/girlfriend doesn’t like pets.
Solution: Are you truly willing to put your pet’s life at jeopardy because of someone else’s whim? Are you certain you want to date or live with someone who is anti-pet? For someone else, that’s a significant lifestyle change. Work out a compromise if you’re certain you want to stay with this person. It’s possible that your pet will be prohibited from specific areas of the house, such as the bedroom or the kitchen.
Reason 4: My new boyfriend/girlfriend is allergic to my pet.
Keeping your home tidy is a huge accomplishment. Vacuum frequently, and if possible, use a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter. You can purchase an air filter to remove allergies from the air in your house. AllerPet is a firm that offers a unique liquid that you may use to wipe down your pet on a regular basis to remove allergens. Flax seeds sprinkled on your pet’s food can also help him produce less dander. The individual may even agree to take allergy medicine! Many people, after all, suffer from seasonal allergies and take medication on a regular basis. They don’t simply remove the seasons!
Reason 5: We’re expecting a child.
Solution: Pets and children make a wonderful pair! Most pets are good around youngsters, however they may be a little bewildered at first by the newcomer. In the presence of young children, you should always keep an eye on your pet. Isn’t it true that when your child is a baby, he won’t be left alone? You’ll have to teach your child to be nice with the pets as he or she grows older. Allowing your youngster to yank your pet’s tail, poke him, pick him up, etc. is not a good idea. Many people believe that your pet should be forced to put up with whatever your child throws at it. That, however, is not beneficial for anyone! Teaching your child to be calm and nurturing around pets from a young age is a fantastic learning experience for them. If you have a pet/dog, you may want to conduct some additional training with him before the baby arrives, for example, to teach him not to jump up on you when you’re holding the infant. Other options include prohibiting pets from certain areas of the house, employing someone to walk or clean up after your dogs when you don’t have time, and so on.
Reason 6: I’ve developed some health issues.
Solution: Consult your veterinarian, as well as your neighbors, friends, and members of your place of religion. You should be able to find some volunteers to assist you in caring for your pet. When you’re sick, having a pet can be a source of comfort. Many studies have found that people who have pets have lower blood pressure, heart rates, and are generally healthier than persons who do not have pets. If your health problems are severe enough that you need to enter a nursing home, you might be able to find someone who will foster your pet for you.
Reason 7: My pet has developed costly health problems
Solution: Discuss this with your veterinarian. They may be able to straight you to low-cost veterinary clinics, low-cost veterinary schools, and so on. Many veterinary clinics now offer treatment payment plans. They might also be able to assist you in coming up with unique ways to fund your pet’s therapy!
Reason 8: My pet is still not housebroken.
Solution: There could be a medical explanation for your pet having “accidents” around the house when he was previously house trained. You should talk to your vet-doc about it. If the house training has never been completed in its entirety, you may have to start afresh. If you have a dog/cat, take him out more often and attempt to establish a routine for him. If you are not home during the day and your dog is eliminating on the floor or on your furniture, you should try crating him while you are away. Switching to a new type of litter, purchasing a larger litter box, or relocating the litter box to a different part of the house can all benefit a cat. Accidents can be cleaned up using a vinegar and water solution. This mixture eliminates the odor of pee or faeces, preventing the pet from needing to “mark” the spot again.
Reason 9: I work long hours and don’t have a lot of time for my pet. It isn’t even close to being fair to him.
Solution: While it may seem unfair that your pet must spend time alone, it is still preferable to putting him in a shelter! Simple things like offering interesting toys for your dog or putting the television on during the day will make your pet feel less lonely. Purchasing a customized blanket for your cat is a thoughtful gesture. Before giving it to your pet, sleep with it in your bed for a few nights. It will have your scent and provide comfort to your pet while you are away from home! You could also want to consider pet daycare or hiring someone to come in and play with your pets throughout the day. Also, even fifteen minutes spent playing with your pet and spending quality time with him before you go for work may make a big difference. You don’t have to be a perfect pet parent or spend a lot of time with your pet. He will adore you just the way you are… and, once again, it is preferable to die alone at home than in a shelter.
Reason 10: My pet has behavior problems. He bites/scratches/jumps on me, barks too much, etc.
You and your pet can benefit from taking a training class together. Petco and Petsmart both provide reasonably priced training classes. Try Googling a particular issue you’re having. For example, look up “train dog to quit barking.” Working with your dog for ten or fifteen minutes a day and then continuously rewarding great behavior can make a big difference.
These are just a handful of the ordinary reasons why people think about putting their dogs down. But keep in mind that every issue has a solution. So, before you abandon your pet, please take the time to address the issues!
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