Getting rid of your dog doesn’t automatically make you an irresponsible owner. Sometimes it can be the best decision for your situation. Getting rid of your dog doesn’t mean you have to load her in a cardboard box and set her loose in the country or relinquish him to an overcrowded animal shelter. Although some may judge your actions, the ultimate decision is yours. Here are some viable reasons for getting rid of your dog.
You Can’t Afford the Essentials
No, not fancy grooming and designer chew toys, but things like food and rabies shots. Sure, you can clip coupons and call your local animal shelter for assistance but, help may not be readily available. Dogs require adequate nutrition and regular vet checkups. Not being able to provide it for them could open them up to health problems and endanger public safety.
You’re in Violation of Laws or Agreements
Some property owners will make exceptions for hassle-free dogs but many dogs don’t make this cut. Hiding an unauthorized dog could come back to bite you. Urine stained lawns, clawed carpets, and bent window blinds caused by unauthorized dogs could violate your lease agreement and even get you evicted. Additionally, exotic or dangerous dogs may require special permits, which could mean hefty fines or imprisonment for violations.
Your Dog is Aggressive
Sure, some dogs are loving family pets who only bark at intruders and lick babies to sleep. Others growl and gnash their teeth for fun should be separated from small children and other dogs–to prevent maulings. People who tell you to keep your animals “no matter what” will be the same ones to judge you if your dog decides to bite someone to death.
Every dog to human partnership isn’t a match made in heaven. Bad things can happen when humans and dogs don’t bond. Maybe your new job requires you to travel for lengthy periods and your dog resents you for this. Maybe your dog would rather hide under the bed on a hot summer’s day than let you dog her. Sometimes doing right by your dog means recognizing your home is wrong and finding her the right one.