But Wasn’t the Dog Dumped Because He Didn’t Make a Good Pet?

The reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters usually have to do more with the people than the dog.


People often think that if a dog has wound up at a shelter after living in someone else’s home, it’s because he didn’t make a good pet. Maybe he kept soiling the carpet, they assume, or was aggressive, or just didn’t know how to get along with people. Or maybe he’s a wallet emptier due to ongoing health problems. In other words, the dog is believed to be damaged goods. But that’s very often not the case.

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