As silly season comes to an end, tougher times for “gift pets” lay ahead.
Everyone’s heard the phrase ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ which became the tagline for Dog’s Trust 30 years ago. The success of this campaign was overwhelming. Bringing the amount of gift pets for Christmas in the 1970’s from 20% to 2%. While that is still a huge number of pets being bought for Christmas (And a high majority of them surrendered afterwards), there is progress made.
However, some don’t see the commitment necessary when they adopt a pet. Seeing only the temporary value in a lifelong companion. Dog’s Trust recently revealed their top silliest excuses people have offered when surrendering their pet and some of them are quite ridiculous.
Of course there are the standard ‘he’s not a puppy/kitten any more’ or ‘he grew bigger than I thought’ which usually translates to ‘he’s not cute any more so we’re bored’, sadly.
In the rare cases that an unidentifiable breed is adopted which then grows too big for it’s living surroundings, these excuses then come off as legitimate.
Then some reasons come off as very silly. Excuses such as ‘we bought a new sofa and his fur doesn’t match it’ are almost unbelievable unless heard yourself.
Pet Insurance understand that sometimes pets simply cannot be looked after and must be surrendered. Which is why in 2015 we will do all we can to help these animals to the best of our ability.
Here is Dog’s Trust’s top silliest pet surrender reasons:
- “My dog doesn’t match the sofa.”
- “The dog looks evil and has different coloured eyes, just like David Bowie.”
- “My black dog doesn’t match new white carpet, can we swap him for a white dog?”
- “My current dog is too old, can we swap for a puppy or younger model?”
- “My dog ate the Christmas turkey cooling on the worktop.”
- “My pet guinea pig got worried with a dog in the house.”
- “The dog opened all the presents on Christmas Eve.”
- An owner who accidentally knelt in dog mess while cleaning it up brought the dog in the very next day.
- A puppy bought as a present for elderly couple with dementia.
- The negative image of Staffordshire Bull Terriers because of their perceived resemblance to Pit Bull-style dogs.