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Adopting a Dog When You Can’t Take Care of It

Adopting a Chihuahua

My family runs an animal sanctuary in Birmingham, England. Even though we love what we do, some people need to realize that adopting a pet should be a long-term commitment. They should not be seen as just a bit of fun which they can then get rid of when they get bored.

Many people arrive at the animal sanctuary with their pets, mainly dogs, with many excuses as to why they are no longer able to look after or care for them. I am sure many of their reasons are valid, but I am also aware that many others are just an excuse to offload them.

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The excuses they give are varied:
– The dog has started to bite my children
– The dog is too difficult to handle and is destroying my furniture
– We have recently moved into a flat where animals can’t live in
– The dog barks too much, and it is upsetting the neighbors
– Our other animals do not like the dog
– The dog is affecting my health
– I am too ill to look after my dog
– I have recently divorced from my husband and can no longer afford the pup

It is not our role to question these reasons, but we need to find another suitable home for the dogs. This is easier said than done. We need to ensure that the new owners will care for them for hopefully the duration of their life.

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We also keep many dogs as our own pets, especially those that nobody else seems to want. One such dog is called Cassie. She is full of life and has been ill-treated, it seems, when she was a puppy. Half of her left ear is missing, and she is seemingly quite afraid of men.

Cassie requires a huge amount of care and attention. She can be too lively at times, possibly why three people who attempted to re-home her have bought her back. She is not aggressive in any way but does tend to jump up at people.

What we did with Cassie is to give her lots of love but also a little bit of training on what is good and what is not acceptable. It takes a long time, but she can now understand that the jumping is not wanted and needs to chill out at times.

Cassie is turning into a wonderful dog to have around the house and now feels for the first time as part of a family.

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With a little more patience, most other dogs can turn out this way. This is why we want more people to take responsibility and give their animals more of a chance to settle into their homes and get used to a new set of rules.

Adopting animals as pets can be very rewarding, nearly as rewarding as having a child. A dog however will rarely answer you back.

If you are having problems with your animals you can always phone up animal sanctuaries for advice and to hear about possible solutions. The people who work there are animal lovers and will help you as much as they can.

The above story was sent to us from a reader at I Love Chihuahuas.

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