When to Consider Surrendering a Pet

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Surrendering a Pet
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Thomas Allen Disselkamp has served the 3M Company in St. Paul, Minnesota, as a product development specialist since 1981. In this position, Thomas Disselkamp manages project teams and engages in a variety of engineering and design activities. Beyond his work with 3M, Tom Disselkamp supports a number of charitable organizations, including the Humane Society.

Pet owners often have to make a number of difficult decisions when it comes to their animals. In some cases, owners may be forced to surrender a dog, cat, or other animal to a shelter due to circumstances beyond their control. One of the most common is unwanted behavior. There are several steps owners should take to remedy behavior problems before surrendering the animal, including a spay or neuter procedure, increased exercise, medical examinations, and training classes. However, if an owner cannot handle an animal’s behavior, and it continues to worsen, it may be advisable to surrender the animal or find a more suitable home.

Finances can represent another reason leading pet owners to surrender an animal. Owning a pet is commitment that can last for 10 years or more. However, an individual or family can experience drastic life changes that suddenly prevent them from spending the money they once could on a pet. If providing food and adequate medical care becomes impossible due to money issues, it can be in the pet’s best interest to surrender the animal in the hope of finding a new home.

Similarly, unexpected life changes may force a pet owner to relocate to an area that is not hospitable to an animal. Such changes may range from partnering with a landlord or property owner that does not accept pets to moving to a new climate that could be harmful to the animal’s health. Other instances that can lead to surrendering or re-homing a pet include newly developed allergies, pregnancy, or an unexpected litter. Pet owners should do everything they can to remain active in the surrendering and rehoming process to ensure the animal’s health and well-being are the No. 1 priorities in its new environment.

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