Why so many people give up on their dogs, and why you shouldn’t

Posted Feb. 01, 2016, at 5:11 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 01, 2016, at 8:21 p.m.

Americans love their pets. We spent an estimated $60 billion on them last year alone.

So why, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, do 3.9 million dogs end up in American shelters each year?

Part of the problem is that the large, high-energy working dogs we immortalize in slow-motion dog food commercials and heartwarming kids’ movies are becoming more popular, even as our own lifestyles are becoming less suited to caring for them.

One recent kid’s movie, “Max,” had a lot of dog trainers bracing themselves for a flood of Belgian Malinois – which is similar to a German Shepherd and famous for its natural talent for military and personal protection work.

Choosing a dog that fits your lifestyle can save you a lot of trouble down the road. Here are some questions that should factor into your decision (click here to continue reading at BangorDailyNews)joebenson

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2 thoughts on “Why so many people give up on their dogs, and why you shouldn’t”

  1. Your article in fantastic with a lot of great points! I am always a sucker for a good successful rescue story, particularly involving a breed that has been discriminated against. If I may just make one suggestion – you said that high kill shelters are illegal in the states. I am not sure if they are illegal or not, but they do exist. I volunteer for an organization in Canada who specializes in removing dogs from these shelters. A staggering 2.7 million of the healthy 3.9 million animals that enter shelters each year are put down because the shelters are too full. Most animals, regardless of health get only three days. While I do not agree with people keeping dogs that are not right for them, they should always consider where the animal will end up. When giving up a dog it is best to look for a rescue group. If your dog must go to a shelter look for one that specifies “No kill” then ask to be given a tour. If there are many dogs confined to small dirty areas, chances are they are higher kill than they let on. Also a surrender fee of 75$ or lower is also a good indication that they are a high kill shelter.


  2. Thanks for your reply! I took a look at the article and saw where the confusion came from. “No-kill shelters are becoming more and more popular, and in some places, they’re the law, so you don’t have to worry about your dog being put down.” This was not in reference to entire countries, but rather certain areas of the country. The dog training school I attended was just outside of Austin, TX. Austin is classified as America’s largest no-kill city. The majority of shelters in the US, as far as I know, are kill shelters. The purpose of that particular sentence was to acknowledge that most people surrender their dogs to the one shelter they’re aware of, and to let them know that with a little searching, they may find a no-kill shelter in their area due to increasing popularity of them as well as certain cities and counties adopting no-kill legislation. I’m not personally familiar with any US shelters that impose a surrender fee. I’m guessing our system is a bit different


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