We would love to tell you that every dog can flourish in every home, but the truth is that, no matter what you do, sometimes a dog and family are not a good fit
Most dogs we get at Edinburgh Samoyed Rescue that are given up to be re-homed by their owners come from responsible, caring homes where they have been well looked after, loved and adequately cared for and trained. Although many dogs are also re-homed due to neglect or abuse, these dogs are in the minority compared to dogs owned by people who simply find themselves unable to care for their dog any longer or to give them the attention that they deserve, in which case, seeking a suitable replacement home for them is the responsible choice. However, regardless of the eventual reasons behind why a dog needs to be re-homed, the end result is essentially the same; re-homing centers are constantly full to capacity, more dogs in need of homes than there are owners to care for them, and more dogs being bred and born every year than there are lifelong homes available. If you are thinking of getting a new dog or breeding from your existing dogs, it is important to do everything that you can to make sure that you minimise the chances of contributing to this growing problem somewhere along the line if your situation changes. Have you thought ahead before making your decision, and are you as sure as you can be that you can care for your prospective future dog or dogs for the duration of their lives? In order to help you to make an informed choice, please check out our list of the top five reasons given to us by people seeking to re-home their dogs.
1. Change in relationships
The most commonly cited reason behind giving up a dog for adoption is a change in the status of a relationship. Sometimes this means a split up or separation, ill health or death, or possibly even getting a new partner and finding out that the partner and dog don’t get on, or that the mixture of dogs owned by both parties cannot live happily together. If you are thinking of getting a dog, have you considered if this might affect you? If you found a new partner, would you still be able to make your dog your priority, and compromise to ensure that you can continue to care for them? Or if you are in a relationship now and have decided to get a dog together, how would this work out if you eventually split up? Who would keep the dog, and would one of you be willing and able to continue to care for them adequately if you found yourself alone?
2. Accommodation issues
Is your current home suitable for keeping dogs, will they cause any problems with your neighbors, and if you rent your home, is your landlord fully on board with you having dogs? Many tenancy agreements do not allow dogs to be kept at the address, and you must always find this out and talk to your landlord before considering getting a dog. What if you have to move home in the future - is your dog likely to make this difficult? Would you run into problems finding a new home that would accept your dog? Consider all of these things in advance, before it is too late.
3. Pregnancy or children
A dog might be a great addition to your home now, but what if you decided to have children or got pregnant? Many dogs generally live for well over 12 years, a long time in the course of anyone’s lives, which can make it hard to accurately project how your situation might change in the future. If you are planning to have children or suspect that you might want to in the future, is a dog still a good idea for you and your future family? Will you be able to take care of both your pregnancy and your dog, and are you confident that you could give enough attention to your dog after your child or children were born? If you are sure that the answers to these questions are ‘yes,’ you will still need to be selective about what kind of dog you get if children may come into their lives later. Some dogs get on better with children than others, and some dogs will never fully accept a child into their lives or be safe left alone with them.
4. Change in work-life
While you might have the time and energy to care for a dog now, what effect would it have on your dog if you changed jobs, got a promotion or something else about your work-life became different? If your commute becomes longer, you have to work longer hours, or need to travel away from home or move abroad, will you still be able to care for your dog properly? Dogs should never be left alone unsupervised for more than several hours at a time, and you should bear in mind how any future career progression or changes to your work/life balance might affect your future dog before getting one.
5. Financial concerns
Even if you are financially comfortable enough to take care of a dog now, are you as sure as you can be that you will also be able to take care of their needs in the long term? What if your dog needed expensive veterinary treatment, developed a costly ongoing condition, or needed to be put on a prescription diet? While you might be able to fund your dog's care day today, it is also important to plan for the long term and consider issues such as how you would be able to take care of your dog as they got older, or if you lost your job or found that you had less money coming in.
6. Consider re-homing an animal in need
If you are sure that you have adequately considered the future and that you could provide a loving home for a dog for the long term, please complete our adoption application form below to be considered by Edinburgh Samoyed Rescue.