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Q: Stupid Reasons People Rehome Their Pets

May 20, 2009 | By Bellacat3 | 27 answers | Expired: 1967 days ago

Bellacat3

I just came across a listing where a pet owner wants to rehome his/her bunny because it refuses to get out of its cage and walk on a wooden floor. I was just curious as to other stupid reasons you've heard from people giving up their pets. Care to share so that the rest of us can shake our heads in discust?

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jerrie  y.
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May 21, 2009

I have to take issue that there is no good reason to rehome a pet. Some people have lost their homes and jobs: they or a family member may become ill, and I am sure there are other reasons that are valid. If you live long enough, you will find that life does take turns that will break your heart. Please don`t judge everyone who must rehome a pet as being irresponsible. It may be the most responsible thing to do. I rescued some starving kittens last fall-I had no choice but to try to help, and bottle-fed them and cared for them and have even started potty-training them(on the human potty). Now my income has become so low it is going to be very hard for me to afford to neuter them-there is not a low-cost neuter clinic close enough . I will do my best to get them neutered, but even then there are the shots, etc. Ought I to have taken them to the Humane society? They are overflowing with cats as it is, and cats and kittens have a long wait for a home if they ever do get one, and if not neutered it is a wait in a cage alone. I have another cat , formerly feral but kind and loving, I took him in and had him neutered, but he has to stay separated from my male cat as though both are neutered they don`t get along-so yes I would rehome him if I could !

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Sharon
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May 21, 2009

Loved your ? and concur with everyones responses.

If you can't afford vet care, or an animla takes up
too much of your time, or you are moving and can't find some place
that takes animals,
or you are getting married, and new baby is coming,
bunny won't walk on wooden floor. Then
I have one thing to say. Why did you bother to get an animal in the first place?

Hope you make a better decision the second time around
although I wish you
won't even consider
another pet until you really are sure
of your capabilities
in caring for them.
You should have known what you were getting into and the care and love they would need.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

May 21, 2009

The best one I heard has to be rehoming their 4 month old puppy because of a new baby. Do the math, she was 5 months pregnant when they got her. WHY? WHY? WHY?

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Elisa D.
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May 21, 2009

Here's some:
1. My 12-year old dog is no longer housebroken.
2. The dog is too hyper (it's a JRT)
3. I can't afford vet care.
4. I'm moving and the new place doesn't take animals. (Someone already mentioned this one, but I had to add it again because this one has *never* made sense to me - why wouldn't you look for a place that did? It's not that hard...)

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Jillian
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May 21, 2009

new babies. really? you're having a baby and suddenly you don't trust your 10 year old dog? ridiculous. anyone that gets rid of a pet b/c a new baby is on its way gets only hellfire and kitten spit from me.
i check craigslist a few times a week b/c of these idiotic reasons. theres always people wanting to get rid of an animal b/c of some behavioral issue and trust me, its very rarely anything bad. these people i email, try to reason with, and give them a run down on how to correct or manage the problem.

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Cindy C.
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May 21, 2009

Moving! I know there are sometimes where you really have no choice but I think a lot of people take advantage of this excuse. And I'm sorry but I love my pets, I would do anything to keep them so I wouldn't even consider moving to a place where I couldn't keep them!

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JerZgirl
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May 21, 2009

One of the worst reasons I heard was when someone was returning their already established rescued greyhound because they bought a lab puppy and the puppy takes up too much of their time. :(

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lorraine B.
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May 21, 2009

I just heard the other day someone wants to get rid of their 17 yr old dog because they don't have time for it (their word ) him any more,just breaks my heart

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Ariel G.
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May 21, 2009

my cousin got a 1 year old boxer in addition to their weimaraner. after having him for a little bit, their other dog got a skin allergy from the boxer & so did my cousin & her son. i honestly didnt see it and he didnt affect me. i felt bad for the boxer, he was treated differently because he wasnt their favorite. he was an awesome dog. also, both their dogs were the alpha males, so they fought a lot & were very big & rambunctious. no i found out that they gave him away to someone else. they should have been responsible pet owners in the first place & tested the dogs out together before they brought him home, to see if they got along. i feel bad for the boxer because he keeps being moved from home to home

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Debra B.
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May 21, 2009

I've heard: "Im getting married."

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