So it seems that every year I do rescue, it's the same old story around the holidays. Here are a selection of goodies found in my email inbox over the past two weeks:
"We just don't have time for him anymore, we need to give him up to rescue. We really don't want to bring him to a shelter, so we need a rescue to take him."
"We are going to be away so much during the holiday season, having a dog is just holding us back. Plus, we want to have kids someday, so we'd really like for them to find a new home before then." [THIS FROM SOMEONE TRYING TO PLACE BOTH THEIR PIT BULL AND THEIR AMERICAN BULLDOG BY THE HOLIDAYS]
"I'm changing jobs after the new year, and I just won't be around as much and things are just going to be so hectic, it's not fair to the dog. So we would like to return her to you." [THIS ONE AFTER ADOPTING THE PUP FROM US OVER A YEAR AGO!]
"I think she needs room to run and would realy like to live with other dogs, plus I never took her to obedience school, so she's gotten really hard to handle. We just can't have her here when the family comes for the holidays."
"She's a great dog, but after being in the crate for 10 hours per day, she's just too crazy for us when we come home from work, so we really can't keep her anymore. It was a big mistake for us to get her."
Where do people think these dogs are going to go? Especially during the holiday season when we are ALL busy and entertaining family and traveling? People disappoint me so much. While I see the holidays as a time to splurge on my dogs and buy them gifts and feed them extra treats and take goofy pictures of them, apparently much of the rest of the world sees it as a time to dump the dog or "donate" the dog to rescue. So sad.