Let me make it clear: A dog – or any other pet – is not like a pair of shoes or an accessory that, when you grow out of the need for, you give it away. Remember the moment you adopted your pooch, you’ve made a life-long commitment to love him, feed him, groom him and care for him. There’s one thing that I can’t fathom, if you want to get rid of him, then why did you even get a dog in the first place?
Honestly, I just hope there is a good reason behind your decision and you are not just one of those people who want to replace one dog for the next.
Assess the Situation Carefully
For you, your dog is a responsibility, but for him, you are his whole world. He loves you. He is devoted to you. He protects you. He misses you when you are gone. He feels your sadness and will try everything to make you laugh. And, you have the guts to tell me you don’t want this guy. How terribly sad – and shameful!
Before I go on with my list of “humiliations”, I understand the difference between “don’t want your dog” and “can’t keep your dog.”
Were you recently fired from your job? Have you lost your lease or house?
When you are going through such financial circumstances, it becomes really difficult to care and feed your dog, especially when you have a family with little kids to look after. In that sense, I understand if you have no other choice than to give up on T-Rex.
Or, you could leave him with your friends until you get back on financially –sorry, just trying to be hopeful for T-Rex.
Doctors often recommend patients suffering from an illness or who are severely allergic not to be near a dog. Don’t get them wrong; dogs carry all kinds of germs that can weaken your immune system or worsen your allergies and diseases.
My Dog Is Misbehaving –Too Much
I know how annoying it can be when you dog suddenly starts snapping at your own family members, peeing wherever he goes, ripping your clothes and chewing remotes, and sofas. But, any dog lover will tell you that there is no such “bad” behavior that can make you get rid of your pet.
Think about your kids, for example. There’ll be hundreds and even thousands of times when they’ll get on your nerves and sit there for hours. Does that mean you have to think of a way to get rid of them?
Don’t just blame your dog. Instead, for his sake, I really hope you seek the help of professional dog trainers to fix this issue. You can also enroll him in a dog daycare center.
What to Do When You Cannot Keep Your Dog Anymore?
#1. Friends and Family Members
The first thing that will come to your mind will be to reach out to your friends and family members. Maybe your little cousin would be glad to have another new friend. Or, your dog-friendly co-worker will not refuse little T-Rex.
#2. Ask Around
Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 23 million American households, at least 1 in 5 homes, adopted a pet.
People are always looking to adopt a dog, so why don’t you ask around and find a loving and responsible owner for your pooch?
For instance, you can post his cute pictures and a detailed description of your dog on social media. But, refrain from saying that you are giving him away for free. That’s the worst thing you can do.
#3. Find Rescue Groups
Today, you’ll find many rescue groups who are willing to shower your pet with love and care. These are not animal shelters, but more animal sanctuaries.