Tuesday, April 7, 2009

50 Ways to Get Rid of Your Dog

This is the first in an on-going series of ways to surrender your dog at the Shelter. Following are actual explanations for surrendering a dog that I have witnessed. These situations are presented in no particular order, but I'll add to them 5 items at a time. Names are omitted to protect the ignorant, foolish, unfortunate and desperate.

1. Move out of your house and leave your Jack Russell Terrier in the back yard. Neighbors will care for the dog for three weeks, then bring her to the Shelter.

2. Go to a bar with a cardboard box of three 7-week-old Chihuahua puppies. Someone will bring one of the “free” puppies to the Shelter. She is adorable but has an umbilical hernia and a skin condition. We don’t know what happened to the other two pups.

3. Tie your Golden Retriever mix to the chain link fence at the Shelter sometime during the night. The staff will find the dog in the morning.

4. Bring your elderly Cocker Spaniel inside the Shelter on a busy weekend afternoon. Ask someone to hold the leash while you go get something from your car. Never come back inside the Shelter.

5. Take your 1.5-year-old intact male Weimaraner to the Shelter. Explain that he keeps getting out and you can’t deal with it anymore.

Dog image scanned from my personal collection of graphics. From a vintage children's reader.


  1. People are so frustrating. We get so many excuses ... that's if you talk to someone. Most of the time we just get them dumped - tied to fences/trees, in boxes/crates, etc - or they come in as unclaimed strays.


  2. I'm sure shelters get the following stories all the time for dogs too. My first two cats were given to the shelter because the owner was moving. My second cat, from another shelter, the owners developed allergies. Since all 3 cats are loving & well socialized, the stories might have been true.



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