Hundreds of Dogs Bought During Lockdown Are Being Disowned | 22 Words

Many pet owners who purchased a puppy or a dog during the lockdown are now realizing the true responsibility of a dog - with heartbreaking consequences...

The idea of a dog without a family is truly terrible...

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And the strange year we've all had has led to a shocking amount of them.

This is terrible news...

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Because many new puppies are finding themselves back in the shelter system.

It's a real issue.

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According to statistics by the ASPCA, approximately 3.3 million dogs are surrendered into animal shelters nationwide every single year.

A dog isn't just for Christmas...

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But sadly, too many people don't realize this, and they are quick to give up their pooches once they've grown bored and tired of them.

And, even more heartbreakingly so...

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Around 670,000 of these pooches end up being euthanized every year, as a tragic result of never finding a fitting home.

An animal shelter is no home for a dog...

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The permanently unsettled, and somewhat chaotic and overcrowded environment of a shelter can cause great stress to our poor pooches.

So, this is why it is of the utmost importance to adopt rather than shop...

And even more importantly - be sure of your doggy decision before committing!

In the last couple of years, adoption has actually been rising in popularity...

And more and more people are opting for animal shelters over pet stores every year.

However, despite this boost in popularity...

Shelters still need all the help they can get in order to rehome all of their 4-legged residents.

Because some dogs struggle to find homes more than others...

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And this brings us to today's sorry tale that's broken so many hearts.

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During the lockdowns earlier this year, many people decided to treat themselves to a cute, fluffy puppy.

Because with everyone spending far more time at home, the opportunity presented itself to those who'd never considered it before.

There's just one problem, however...

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Now, with many heading back to work, they're realizing they may have made a mistake.

This means many lockdown puppies are set to hit the private marketplace...

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With many others entering foster care.

UK charity Dogs Trust has reported a huge spike in phone calls over the past weeks...

Claiming they've had over 1,800 calls about rehoming puppies over the past 3 months.

The lockdown is a clear cause of this...

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"All that initial lockdown excitement - 'We are never going to have to go into the office again, let's get a dog!' We are now seeing the consequence of that," a spokesperson told The Times.

The RSPCA has also spoken out.

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"We were worried that many families who found themselves at home with time on their hands during lockdown would make impulse decisions to take on pets."

They went on...

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"Now, just a few months on, [they] would be seeking to rehome their new dogs after realizing how much commitment they are, having run into financial difficulties due to the pandemic, or because they've returned to work and no longer have time for them."

It's a true tragedy.

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But for a more uplifting look into the world of dog adoption, scroll on ...