The only people to blame are dog owners themselves

First published in Letters

HAVE the dog owners who support rescue dogs thought about why there are so many such dogs in so many such centres?

Who is to blame for the surfeit of dogs (and cats within the various cats' shelters)?

It can only be dog owners themselves. Not everyone is moving house.

Can I suggest that the "changing circumstances" as mentioned by the RSPCA co-ordinator are that the owners are simply unable or unwilling to cope.

Owning a dog is a lovely idea. But it is very hard work, as has already been pointed out.

"If it gets tough, we'll just pass it on to the rescue centre." The easy way out.

Someone else can then take over the arduous responsibility of care, feeding, walking, housing (it's just as well we don't have such places for our children).

Perhaps that's the answer – have fewer rescue centres.

A dog is for life – not just until you get tired of it!

Peter Atkins

Malvern

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5:46pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Lord Newbold says...

Peter Atkins, your comments are partially factual however, I feel that tarring all dog owners with the very same brush. Is unfair. Most dog owners are very responsible people and their pets whether cat or dog. Are cared for with tremendous fervour. True animal lovers would do without and feed their pets before feeding themselves.

However, there are those who purchase or select a pet from an animal shelter, who does so for company because they are lonely. Many elderly people leave this living world leaving their pets behind. Something they would never do if they had the choice. Then we have those who think it is a great idea for a child’s Christmas or Birthday present.

When the child is fed up with the animal, and it is left to the parent or parents, that is when the animal his handed to the animal shelter. These un-responsible people purchase something for a child forgetting that children easily become bored with looking after animals, as they should be tended too.
Peter Atkins, your comments are partially factual however, I feel that tarring all dog owners with the very same brush. Is unfair. Most dog owners are very responsible people and their pets whether cat or dog. Are cared for with tremendous fervour. True animal lovers would do without and feed their pets before feeding themselves. However, there are those who purchase or select a pet from an animal shelter, who does so for company because they are lonely. Many elderly people leave this living world leaving their pets behind. Something they would never do if they had the choice. Then we have those who think it is a great idea for a child’s Christmas or Birthday present. When the child is fed up with the animal, and it is left to the parent or parents, that is when the animal his handed to the animal shelter. These un-responsible people purchase something for a child forgetting that children easily become bored with looking after animals, as they should be tended too. Lord Newbold
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