Pet abandonment is a huge problem world wide. There are countless millions of loving, friendly, adoptable pets put to death every year, including dogs, cats, and small animals.
Countless pets are abandoned and put to death in every country, but some have a much larger problem than others.
It happens because people keep breeding more pets for profit, and other people reward them for this by paying them for these pets (instead of saving an innocent pet from death by adopting), and too many people abandon pets when they become an inconvenience.
People also often do not plan for how they would continue to look after the pet in the future if certain events happened in their lives, such as relationships breaking down.
People who buy kittens or puppies from pet shops, newspaper ads, or off the internet are often funding the cruelty of kitten and Puppy Farms. Here, the cats and dogs used for breeding are cruelly abused their whole lives.
Some breeders who cannot sell their puppies are known to inhumanely kill unsold or imperfect puppies using methods such as drowning and even burying them alive!
In pet shops, what happens to animals behind the scenes, and to the animals that are not sold while they are still young enough to appeal to buyers? Find out on this page.
Image: Buying puppies from pet shops, the internet, newspaper ads or back yard breeders is often funding terrible cruelty to both breeding mothers and imperfect puppies. Puppies are also bred with terrible genetic medical conditions which cause them to suffer terribly. Source
People who unexpectedly end up with kittens or puppies because they do not spay / neuter their cat or dog also add to the death toll at shelters and pounds, as do breeders who abandon unsold / imperfect puppies.
Many people who buy kittens or puppies later decide the cat or dog is an inconvenience and get rid of it. This adds yet more innocent cats and dogs to the huge numbers already put to death in pounds and shelters every year.
Even if people take their pets to a rescue with a non-destruction/no kill policy, that means they are taking life saving rescue spaces away from pets on death row at pounds or shelters who could have had their lives saved by them.
Of course there are always cases of genuine need, for example, somebody fleeing from a domestic violence situation with their pet, that cannot find accommodation that allows pets, or a pet owner with no family who dies. Those are the kind of emergency situations rescues were created for.
If most people adopted dogs instead of buying them, hardly anyone would breed dogs because the demand wouldn’t be there. Eventually, no innocent, adoptable dogs would die.
Nobody wants to admit responsibility and wants to pass the blame. The reality is that everyone who buys, breeds or abandons dogs while there are so many being put to death, has to take responsibility.
Image: Every country has a pet abandonment problem, with some worse than others. Image shows statistics for pet abandonment in Singapore and a few main reasons why owners choose to abandon their pets. Source