Animal Shelter: Why are so many animals in shelters?

Animal Shelter: Why are so many animals in shelters?


Hey guys. Welcome back. Today I wanted to educate you on why there
are so many pets in shelters. This gets brought up a lot that there are
tons of pets in shelters, so you should always adopt, so I want to educate you as to how
those pets end up there because I feel like a lot people may not know. One of the top reasons that pets end up in
shelters is because people are not responsible pet owners. They don’t get their pets spayed or neutered. What that means, when you get your pets spayed
or neutered, it means that they cannot reproduce. I know this sounds very basic, but some people
don’t know this. Some of the reasons that I’ve heard that people
have mentioned that they didn’t want to get their pets spayed or neutered is that they
felt like their pet wouldn’t have a full life and a complete life if they weren’t a mother
at least once. I’ve had people tell me that their dog wouldn’t
be manly if it had to get neutered. There’s all kinds of weird, ridiculous reasons
that people don’t get their pets fixed, but they really should. When they don’t get their pets fixed and they
have these unplanned puppies and kittens that have nowhere to go. That’s one of the top reasons. The other top reason that I think pets end
up in shelters is because people don’t do their research. I have said this on my blog in my post about
how to find the perfect pet. I’ve said this many times over when people
have asked me. You need to do your research before you get
a pet. Whether it’s a dog, cat, a parakeet, whatever,
you need to do your research to see if that pet is going to fit with your lifestyle. I think a lot of cats and dogs end up in shelters
because people don’t do research to see whether or not the cat, or dog, or whatever, is going
to be a fit for their lifestyle. They don’t have the time, or energy, or money
to devote to that pet, so they give up the pet. If you’re a low energy person, you need a
low energy pet. You also need to know that there is no such
thing as a low energy puppy. All puppies are going to be pretty much high
energy. If you are a high energy person, you might
want a higher energy pet. It’s absolutely imperative that you do your
research. I think another reason that pets end up … Mostly
dogs. A lot of this is going to be kind of dog-centric. But I think another reason that pets end up
in shelters is that people don’t train their pets. They don’t spend the money to go to obedience
classes, they don’t spend the time to train their pets to make their pet good to live
with, a good roommate. For me, personally, with Phaedra, her breeder
was somebody who also handled in show dogs. So, Phaedra came kind of trained in a lot
of ways. She came down with the basics of sit and shake
and she didn’t bark, so she had a lot of really good behaviors. But, I still did obedience classes with her
because poodles are very, very smart, and they need the stimulation. Plus, I wanted to know how to teach her things
so that she would be a good companion for me. So, I’ve never regretted that. I feel like if you have a pet, especially
a dog, you need to spend time training them, so that you’ll enjoy being around them. I think a lot of people do give up their pets
because they don’t do that. And then they’re like, well, my pet is … You
know, he jumps on people or he’s annoying or he barks. Well, all of that is behavior that you can
train out of them. You also need to socialize your pet. Sometimes dogs end up in shelters because
they haven’t been socialized. If they’re afraid of other animals, if they’re
afraid of other dogs, if they’re afraid of people, they might have fear reactions where
they might pee when they’re scared or they might bite or bark. There’s a lot of behavioral stuff that gets
fixed through proper socialization. Again, I did obedience classes with Phaedra. There were other dogs there, so she was socialized
like that. I took her to the dog park. She was socialized there. I took her to work with me in my office. We had 30 people of all different shapes,
and sizes, and colors, so she got exposed to a wide variety of people, of other pets,
so that she would be basically cool around all of them and enjoy them, rather than freaked
out, barking, or trying to attack them. So, it made her a much better dog. I think another reason that sometimes pets
end up in shelters is that they buy a pet and it’s from a puppy mill or a pet store
and it has health issues that are expensive, so they give up the pet because, let’s face
it, money is a factor. Sometimes people don’t have the money to take
care of their pet. They underestimate how much a pet is going
to cost, so they have to give them up. I think if people lose their jobs, they might
also give up their pet because sometimes they may not be able to find another job fast. I’m not saying that, that is right. That is not what I’m saying at all, but I
think that’s one of the reasons people have done that. Another reason pets end up in shelters is
because of a radical lifestyle change. Maybe you go from working at home, being able
to be around your pet all day, to having to travel all the time and then you’re just not
there for your pet. Some people would give up their pets for that
reason. Another reason I’ve seen people give up their
pets to shelters is moving. They said they couldn’t take their pets with
them. In fact, kind of the reason we had Max is
because his owner, who is a friend of ours, she was divorcing her husband and she couldn’t
find any apartment that would let her take her pets, so we kind of took Max in. He was eight years old, so he was an older
pug, and older dogs are much harder to adopt. It was supposed to be a temporary thing because
Ray’s allergic to him, but we ended up keeping him until he passed on. So, we had him for a long time, even though
my husband was allergic to him. That ties into another reason I think that
pets end up in shelters is allergies. You can develop allergies to anything at anytime
in your life, which really sucks. I think sometimes what happens is people develop
allergies to their pets and they have to give them up. Sometimes medication works, sometimes it doesn’t. My husband, Ray, takes allergy pills every
day. When Max was living with us, he would still
have itchy eyes, his skin would get itchy, his nose would be congested all the time. So, it was really miserable, but we felt sorry
for him, so we kept him. He was a sweet boy. It’s just he was terrible, terrible, terrible
for Ray’s allergies. While he lived with us, Dave ended up developing
allergies to dogs, which never thought that would happen. We saw, first hand, what that was like. I think we were very lucky to be able to have
… I helped take care of him, so that neither of the people who were allergic to him had
to. So, I felt like we were really lucky to be
in a situation where we could continue to take care of an animal that he was really
triggering allergies really bad. But that’s one of the reasons for us that
it’s very important we never have another pet that causes allergy issues. All of those reasons are why I think shelters
are overfilled with animals that desperately need homes. You can look up these facts on the ASPAC … I
think it’s the ASPCA and the Humane Society website. You can check out Cesar’s Way, his website,
too. He has some of this information as well. The overcrowding in shelters is not caused
by responsible pet owners or ethical breeders. I feel like there is a lot of people who like
to say, “Oh, if you buy from a breeder, you’re a horrible person.” No, that’s not the case because if you are
somebody who has put in the time and research to find a pet, and you’ve tried to go through
a rescue and can’t find the dog through a rescue, so you go through a breeder, there’s
nothing wrong with that. Some people choose to go to a breeder directly
and they have to find an ethical breeder because they have allergy issues. Some people don’t want to get a dog that might
put their children at risk with biting because I’ve had friends who’ve adopted from shelters,
who they were told, “Oh, this dog is perfectly fine with children,” only to have the dog
turn around and bite their children. There’s a lot of other factors at play. Also, I want to touch on the topic of kill
shelters. Really, what a kill shelter is, is an open
admission shelter. Open admission shelters are shelters that
receive government funding and they’re required to take all animals that come to them, but
they have a limited amount of space. Basically, they’re the ones who clean up after
the irresponsible pet owners who didn’t research their pet and so they abandoned them, or they’re
moving and they can’t take their dog with them. They’re the ones who clean up that mess. I know that there’s a lot of hate towards
the kill shelters as well, but that’s why they’re doing what they’re doing. So, anyway, I hope that you feel like you
know a little bit more about why there are so many animals in shelters. If you found this video helpful, please give
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27 Comments

  1. PREACH. Research SO MUCH. We've been looking for a second dog for over a year. We know exactly what we want and we would prefer to adopt from a shelter. We're being patient because we know what we need and what works for us.

  2. I want a husky or malamute so bad but they can be more high needs then our German shepherd so unless someone in our home takes up running it's a sad no for me😒

  3. Absolutely. Irresponsible pet owners ruin it for everyone. I am disgusted mostly with the ones that do not spay and neuter. The low cost options make them nothing but LAZY for not taking care of that. NO EXCUSE for that.

  4. Definitely so sad. I am glad that more people these days adopt their pets from shelters than in the past. But so many people don't neuter their pets πŸ™

  5. Agree 100% with the research part. I had a colleague who gave away his brand-new lab after a week because he "didn't know how much food it would need"!

  6. Great video! In my opinion, if everyone who adopted a pet made sure they were able and prepared to commit to caring for the animal for its entire life before they adopted, then we would definitely have less pets in shelters. Obviously things happen that are out of our control sometimes, but I think getting rid of a pet should be the absolute very last option and something not to be taken lightly. (A few years ago I learned that I'm actually allergic to cats, but I still have my 15 year old cat living with me to this day because he's part of the family and I literally cannot picture giving him away. So it really breaks my heart when people get rid of their pets and don't think it's a big deal.)

  7. I love that you use your platform to spread awareness on an important issue, I truly look up to you and will always support your channel! β˜ΊοΈπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ©πŸ±

  8. People are just ignorant. I got a rottie because he GOT TOO BIG!!!!! Seriously. He was such a sweet boy !

    I was raised that if you get a pet it's yours for it's entire life. My dogs are half Jack Russell and Lab. My male is insane but I love him. They'll be 13 on Halloween. My babies ❀

  9. Thank you so much for this video. There's more to adoptingn than people assume. I adopted an elderly cat (age 13 then) and was told that he was in great health with no special problems. Of course, at that age, that won't last, but still. Well, when I finally got his vet records out of them, we found out that he was stone deaf, had allergies to all poultry, all grains, and all fish AND required medication for a persistent lung infection. He's still with us 4 years later, but what if I hadn't had the money to, quite seriously, spend $250/month on his food alone because he can ONLY eat rabbit? Not to mention the vet visits and other medicines he requires that are NOT tied to his age, but his other issues. Luckily, my other cat proved resistant to the lung issues, but what if it had affected Marcus too? I have a responsibility to protect my existing cat from a stranger who is supposedly perfectly safe? True, most adoption centers aren't so unethical, but it's still a risk. You have a lot more legal protections from a breeder. I love Bowie, and he's a dear, sweet thing, but I'm lucky that we are in a position to keep him; lots of people would have had to toss him back into the foster system until he died. πŸ™

  10. I love that you did this video. I had a rescue dogs before, it's all I ever knew. Then I developed an allergy and my last rescue, an 8yr old Great Pyrenees, we put down when he was 12. After that, I did a bunch of research on hypoallergenic big dogs and there wasn't much options except for the Standard Poodle. That's how I ended up with my first poodle. I LOVE HER, more than anything in the world . Then we got a second, but a miniature poodle. Now I have 2 loves lol. Both mine came from registered breeders. They are my first ''non-rescue'' dogs and the puppy experience was great for me. I will do it all over again .

  11. I'm allergic to cats and dogs but like Ray and Max, I lived with our Timmy cat until he passed. I couldn't give him up I loved him so much!

  12. I've worked in an open admission shelter for 13 years. We do not receive any government funding. I've found the most common reasons given for surrendering a pet– moving, allergies, not house trained/not using the litterbox, "not enough time", kids not caring for pet, and aggression to people and/or other pets. Yesterday a guy adopted a Pomeranian and returned her today because of shedding and not being house broken. I've pretty much heard it all. I agree, people do not do research to see what breed is a good fit. As far as cats, we are at capacity and this is when tough decisions are made, although we work very hard to get cats to rescues and foster homes. It would definitely be a wonderful world if there were no homeless pets.

  13. I know several young couples who adopt a pet when they move in together and then realize later that it isn't for them. People need to do research and know what they are getting into. I tried to adopt from a shelter but couldn't find a pet we fell in love with but we did adopt from an owner who had to give up his lab. It's been an adoption made in heaven.

  14. I totally agree with all of this. It also upsets me when people don't take the time to train bc they look at it as a punishment for the dog (when in fact it's the opposite!).

  15. Love this! Even though Luna is not a shelter animal, we are darn sure she won't end up in one. Being a responsible pet owner is like being a parent, you have to stick with your animal through thick and thin. I may be prejudiced, but I think those who abandon their pets because they don't want to care for them are terrible people πŸ™ They wouldn't abandon their child, how is a cat or a dog any different.

  16. I totally agree with everything you said. I researched the type of I wanted before I found Addy. I also have trained her in the basic commands and she's very well behaved, but your right, it takes time & patience.

  17. Ethical breeder is important. My fur baby was rescued from an unethical breeder. The scars all over his body are from being left in a kennel far too small and the feces eventually ate away at his skin. I hate some people. I just don't understand how you can do that to another living, breathing thing. Thank you for using your platform to educate πŸ’œ

  18. Great info! Just a note about socialization- if you adopt a fearful dog or undersocialized dog showing nervousness towards other dogs or humans please please find a force free trainer who can help. A lot of owners will get a new dog who is undersocialized and try to take them to dog parks or introduce to friends dog which can be disastrous if a dog is fearful without proper supervision and introductions. Another reason why dogs are often returned, bad experiences resulting from incidents which could have been avoided had the owner been properly educated.

  19. My dog is a puppy mill rescue. She was afraid of her own shadow when I got her, but a lot of patience helped her overcome her fear of everyday things. I took her with me when I moved cross country because I wanted her with me. Our 7 year adoptiversary is coming up soon, and I'm so glad that I saw her at the shelter.

    Thanks for using your platform to help raise awareness about shelter pets!

  20. I so agree with owners who don't spay and neuter. I've heard that pets who are neutered or spayed also live longer because it slashes their chances of certain cancers or diseases.

  21. You are so right. I have known 3 men who won't neuter their male dogs because they have this weird identification issue with it and it makes me so angry. No, your dog is not like you and it will live without chasing every female dog in the world just fine! Another issue you lightly touched on is age. My own pup was an owner surrender because they considered him too old and no longer wanted him. He was 9. I found him a year and 2 unsuccessful adoptions (one where the woman had no idea that terriers were energetic and another where he was hit by a car and they brought him back) later and he is a happy, energetic little fellow (now 14) who brings me nothing but joy. His former people are idiots who have no business ever having pets again. Lucky for my little guy he went to a no-kill shelter and was there for me to find.

  22. we've had two shelter dogs. both were smarter and better than the breeder dogs we purchased. but both rehomed dogs had "issues" that we needed to correct. i never have found a bad dog, but i find lots of bad people who passed their bad habits to their animals.

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