Surrender Reasons

The following information helps to give a very small glimpse of what excuses Amarillo Animal Management & Welfare (AAM&W) staff receive when people are surrendering their animals.

Surrender Reasons

Most common to least common:

  • I am moving and I can’t take them with me.
    • AAM&W Cure – Be proactive and look for housing that allows you to retain your animal. Most people don’t spontaneously move. Usually there has been plenty of time for you to make other arrangements for your animal instead of surrendering it to the shelter.
  • Landlord won’t let me keep the animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – You should always consult your landlord prior to obtaining any animal.
  • I “Found” the animal. (The citizens tell AAM&W this and as they walk away the animals starts whimpering and crying.)
    • AAM&W Cure – Don’t lie and be honest about the real reasons you are surrendering you animal. The more information that an owner provides at the time of surrendering the better the animal can be evaluated for adoption.
  • I don’t have time for the animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal.
  • I didn’t know that owning an animal was this expensive and don’t want to spend the money to properly care for the animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Owning an animal comes with an immense amount of physical and monetary responsibility. If you cannot afford to cover all of these expenses then owning an animal isn’t for you.
  • I have decided I am allergic to the animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Don’t lie and be honest about the real reasons you are surrendering you animal. If you are actually allergic then there are medications to help these issues.
  • The animal chews and I don’t want my belongings destroyed.
    • AAM&W Cure – Be proactive and give your animal avenues to express natural behaviors and look into training opportunities.
  • My child moved to college and left their animal behind.
    • AAM&W Cure – This is an educational moment for you and your children. Animals are not disposable and are life-long commitments.
  • My child went to jail and I don’t want their animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Be a good citizen and find other avenues to re-home your child’s animal.
  • I am going to have a child and don’t want the animal anymore./We have had a baby and don’t want the animal anymore.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Responsible pet ownership includes adding additional family members – both four and two-legged. There are ways to incorporate and monitor interactions between children and pets. Speak with your veterinarian or a behaviorist for further tips.
  • I have decided that my family is allergic to the animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Don’t lie and be honest about the real reasons you are surrendering you animal. If your family is actually allergic then there are medications to help these issues.
  • The animal has had (puppies/kittens) and I don’t know how that happened and I don’t want them anymore.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • When I got it the animal was small and cute and now it is grown up and not cute.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • The animal has a behavior that I don’t want to try to work with and correct.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership probably isn’t for you.
  • The animal pooped/peed on the floor.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership probably isn’t for you.
  • I didn’t know I adopted a boy/girl animal.
    • AAM&W Cure – Always do your research before obtaining an animal.
  • The animal attacks my other animals.
    • AAM&W Cure – Behaviors like these are often due to improper/lack of socialization, lack of training, and often not fixed. Socializing animals, training them, and getting them fixed are traits of a responsible owner. Animals will often act out when they do not feel well so it might be time for a visit to your veterinarian. The local community has many excellent veterinarians and behaviorists to help you with your animal’s health and behavioral needs.
  • The animal attacks me and my family.
    • AAM&W Cure – Behaviors like these are often due to improper/lack of socialization, lack of training, and often not fixed. Socializing animals, training them, and getting them fixed are traits of a responsible owner. Animals will often act out when they do not feel well so it might be time for a visit to your veterinarian. The local community has many excellent veterinarians and behaviorists to help you with your animal’s health and behavioral needs.
  • The dog barks too much or the cat meows too much.
    • AAM&W Cure – Thank you for being honest but animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • I had no idea that animals were this much work.
    • AAM&W Cure – Thank you for being honest but animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • I don’t want to be responsible for the animal anymore.
    • AAM&W Cure – Thank you for being honest but animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • My doctor told me that the cat will suck the life out of my newborn baby.
    • AAM&W Cure – Always verify before you believe anything anyone tells you. This is simply not true.
  • The animal turned 10 and you surrender the animal when it reaches that age.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership is a life-long commitment. This animal has given you 10 loyal years of its life.
  • I told my dying family member that I would care for their animal after they died to make them feel better, but I really don’t want the animal so I am surrendering it to you.
    • AAM&W Cure – Don’t lie to your dying family member. Tell them what you will do with their animal after they die to give them time to make other arrangements.
  • The animal doesn’t match my new furniture.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • The Chihuahua is too big to travel with us since we retired.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
  • I don’t want the dog to scratch my new floors.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
    • Responsible pet ownership involves regular grooming.
    • Consider purchasing a high quality/pet resistant floor.
  • The kitten opened the refrigerator and ruined $200.00 in food. 
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
    • Responsible pet ownership involves monitoring your pet and their activities.
  • I got a new house and don’t want it.  
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership isn’t for you.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership is a life-long commitment.
    • Time to evaluate priorities.
  • My dogs pees on my baby.  
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Responsible pet ownership includes adding additional family members – both four and two-legged. There are ways to incorporate and monitor interactions between children and pets. Speak with your veterinarian or a behaviorist for further tips.
  • My two dogs, who are brother and sister, keep having litters of puppies.   
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership probably isn’t for you.
    • Responsible pet ownership involves getting your animals spayed or neutered.
      • Animals do not have the capability of understanding the biological impacts of inbreeding.
  • I need to surrender my dog because I just had my carpets cleaned.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership probably isn’t for you.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership is a life-long commitment.
    • Time to evaluate priorities and do some self reflecting.    
  • I need to surrender my dog because it chewed my sprinkler heads. 
    • AAM&W Cure – Animal ownership probably isn’t for you.
    • AAM&W Cure – Think long and hard about the responsibilities of animal ownership before you obtain an animal. Animal ownership is a life-long commitment.
    • AAM&W Cure – Animals by virtue are curious and when owners do not keep animals occupied through positive enrichment and training animals will find ways to keep themselves occupied.
    • Time to evaluate priorities and do some self reflecting.    

It should be noted that there are valid reasons for people to surrender their animals to a shelter but these reasons are few and far between. If someone truly is invested in the success of their animal then they should put the effort forward to find other placement for their animal(s) prior to surrendering their animal(s).

The internet is full of resources on breed specific traits and estimated costs of ownership. People should always do their research before obtaining any animal and should verify their research with multiple sources.


 

 

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