Owner Surrendered

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Adopting a dog, cat or any animal is for the life of that animal and not until you:

1. Have a baby
2. Move
3. Get Married
4. Get an allergy
5. Become suddenly aware of your lack of time
6. Become suddenly aware of your landlord’s no pet policy.

Maybe knowing your name could be made public might give a little incentive to be more responsible in your actions.

This list:

  1. Dog abandoners name
  2. Dog abandoners name

[Feel free to send me the names, address’s, phone of people who have dumped their animals at the shelter, on the side of the road or anywhere. You will remain anonymous.  Post here on the blog or send to   alafair@the monstersamongus.com]

When you care about animals, work with, or rescue them, you can’t stomach people’s excuses as to why they “suddenly can’t care for” their own. You are essentially telling us that for whatever lame reason you come up with; you no longer wish to be responsible for your pet. Here are solutions..

Be responsible enough to take care of a baby AND a pet. You had your pet first. This is called being an adult! The thought of someone giving up their loving pet, especially after having this animal for years, is just heartbreaking. Animals don’t need your excuses. They need family they can truly TRUST.

If you are allergic, you knew this before. You don’t suddenly become deathly allergic to them one day. Most people are allergic to pollen or mold, don’t always blame it on a pet. If you will simply wipe your cat or dog down each day with a damp cloth, problem solved. The true allergy is to the dander, not the fur itself. “Dusting off” your pet daily can prevent attacks and pointless excuses. If this is an issue for you in the first place, please do NOT adopt a dog or a cat, only to give them up. It’s simply not fair.

Are you suddenly too busy for a dog or cat? Please. We waste time on many pointless things. Anyone can find 10 minutes at the end of a day, to sit with our dog or cat. Spending time with pets is therapeutic and lowers blood pressure! Your pet has been waiting for you all day.

The least you can do is spend time with them. For all the people you encounter or talk to all day that may not deserve your time, your pet is always deserving of it. Pets don’t want your excuses; they only want you to love them.

For all the people who dump their dogs and cats off at a shelter, be ashamed of yourselves. When you are driving away, leaving your pet behind to grieve and likely end up euthanized, take a few moments to reflect on what an asshole you are.

The reality is when you dump off your animal, regardless of the reason, they don’t know know WHY. They are waiting for you to return; to take them home. They often whine, cry and even yelp as if in pain because you abandoned them.

When you never show up or it sinks in that you aren’t coming back, they become severely depressed, often refusing to eat. This is the sight irresponsible people spare themselves, while shelter workers have to care for and comfort your grieving pet.

Animals show us unconditional love. Show them love and respect in return.
Not excuses

An open letter to Jean (last name withheld), the person who dumped Cocoa at the pound
Posted on September 10, 2013 by lunachyq
Hello. You don’t know me, and for your sake, you’d best hope and pray that you never have the misfortune to meet me.

How do I know your name? Because the people at animal control gave me Cocoa’s intake sheet. You know, the one you filled out. The one that said Cocoa was 12 years old and you’d had her all those years. The one that said you were moving to a pet-free apartment and couldn’t take your faithful companion of 12 years. You know, the one that you said was a “sweet old girl- a wonderful companion.” The one that said you had limited funds.

Here’s the thing, Jean. Oh, I didn’t ask if I could call you Jean but I’m going to. Or I could call you a number of other names, none of which you’d like very much. When I saw Cocoa’s picture on the animal control website, when I saw that grey muzzle and read the description stating that her people of 12 years, her family, had surrendered her to the pound, it broke my heart.

Jean, I once had a dog that was so ornery she got in trouble for biting a kid on the butt because he’d been tugging her ears. When the city quarantined my dog for 48 hours, I was fully prepared to leave my home, leave school, leave everything in the dead of night, everything except my dog. I was going to Thelma and Louise our asses right out of town. I wasn’t playing. Because that’s how I roll. No dog left behind, Jean.

So when I saw that picture of Cocoa, I just couldn’t understand why someone would dump a family member. And my empathy for that dog consumed me, until I made yet another rash decision and I rushed to the pound to adopt her.

Act in haste, repent in leisure. That’s my motto, Jean.

When I got Cocoa I had pink eye and a sinus infection. I was so sick but I went and got her anyway, because I was worried that dog was terrified and was going to be euthanized, alone and scared, looking everywhere for her people. I couldn’t stand the thought of it, and she wasn’t even my dog.

It took me two days of antibiotics before I finally realized why she might have been dumped at the pound. Something tells me Cocoa didn’t become highly incontinent over the course of the week between you dumping her at the pound and me bringing her home.

It took us a few weeks, Jean, but we finally got the right dosage of meds to keep the incontinence mostly in check. I was happy, Cocoa was happy, and the house was clean again.

But that didn’t last long, Jean. Just a few weeks after I got her, she came down with acute pancreatitis. That meant she needed antibiotics and special food, food that cost me $2.25 per can, and she could easily eat two cans in a day. But that wasn’t even the worst part of that office visit, Jean. You probably know what I’m going to say next, right? About the tumors?

They couldn’t be sure whether the tumors were causing the pancreatitis, so we decided the “wait and see” plan was the best course of action.

And I became more and more convinced that you had abandoned your family member because you knew she was sick. You knew she had cancer, and you couldn’t afford to treat her or to help her. What upset me so much, Jean, is that you couldn’t be bothered to drive the extra 20 minutes to take her to the Humane Society, a no-kill shelter. Or to even take her to your own vet and have her humanely euthanized with you there to comfort her.

So every few weeks I had to go buy expensive food for Cocoa, the family member you dumped at the pound. The dog that you abandoned. And every few weeks I would buy her “old lady pee pills.” I found that XL toddler pull-ups worked the best, once I cut a hole in the back for her tail.

And we waited.

In the meantime, Cocoa went to the mountains. She fell over the side of a small mountain, she saw deer. She had so much fun. She would get frisky and try to play with my other dogs right after they ate. It happened every night. She was so cute. My boys loved her and accepted her, like they accept every sad story that comes home with me. They would even let her have the hammock bed every night if she wanted it.

On Sunday mornings I would sometimes let all the dogs come climb into bed with me for a while. Cocoa really liked those mornings, Jean. She liked to be included. Sometimes I’d have all three dogs and two cats up there. She loved it.

But all the while, those tumors were still there. And surgery wasn’t an option.

This week Cocoa’s belly started swelling. I kept waiting for it to subside but it didn’t, Jean. Yesterday we went in for x-rays and found that the masses were too big, her belly too full of fluid to even see her organs. We could try diuretics to remove the fluid, but that was just a Bandaid. This wasn’t going away. And I didn’t want Cocoa’s last days to be filled with consternation over having accidents in the house again. You see, that’s the difference between us, Jean. I worried about how Cocoa felt. I could look in her eyes and see the stress when she had accidents.

So we didn’t do the meds. I brought her home and figured I’d give her a few last good weeks. I would spoil her and make her feel like the Grand Dame she was.

But it didn’t turn out that way, Jean. Turns out today was Cocoa’s last day.

Here’s the thing, though. Instead of dying on a cold floor in a cold building with people who may or may not give a damn how her end happened, she died in my arms. I held your dog’s head in my arms and I whispered in her ear while she slipped away. I told her what a pretty girl she was. I told her how much I loved her as I stroked that spot just above her eye.

I made sure she knew she was loved. I made sure that my face was the last face she saw, that my voice was the last voice she heard.

You might wonder why I’m telling you all this, Jean. You might wonder if I just wanted you to know that Cocoa was ok.

I’d like to disabuse you of that notion. I’m writing this letter to let you know just what a piece of shit I think you are. If you ever do read this letter, know that I, along with my many animal-loving friends all over this world, think you are the lowest of the low. You don’t take a 12-year-old dog, a “sweet old girl- a wonderful companion”, and dump her at a high-kill shelter. You didn’t even give her a good chance.

She got lucky the day that I saw her picture because let me tell you, Jean, my animals want for nothing.

And to all the people reading this who “knew” Cocoa Loco, all of her friends around the world, here’s where the story ends.image

Who does this?

Picture and article copied from
The Dodo and written by Stephen Messenger

A heartbreaking photograph captures the moment a dog ran after the people who had just abandoned him at a Louisiana gas station.
The black German shepherd mix appeared confused when two men pulled up and dropped him off at a gas station in the town of Slidell, witness Lorie Hollis told the Humane Society of Louisiana. One of the individuals was heard saying, “Go! Go over there!” before driving off without him.
“The dog tried desperately to keep up with the truck as it sped away down the road,” said Hollis.
Hollis snapped a photo of the blue and white truck and tried to follow it in her car. She ultimately lost sight of the vehicle and the dog, who was chasing the truck several miles down the road.
The whereabouts of the abandoned dog — and the two men presumed to be his owners — are still unknown, according to local news station WDSU. Meanwhile, the Humane Society is appealing to the public to help bring the men to justice and find a home for the animal.
“We believe that, working together, we can find this dog and provide him or her with a loving home and happy life,” Jeff Dorson from the Humane Society told the news station, adding that such abandonment cases are all too routine.
“If people feel they can no longer care for a pet, all they have to do is surrender him or her to a nearby rescue group or shelter, rather than abandon the poor animal at some random location, where their chances of survival are almost zero. This is truly a cowardly act and a punishable offense.”
The Humane Society is offering a $350 reward for a tip leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.
Sadly, countless pets are abandoned or dropped off at shelters every year by owners who fail to understand the responsibility of caring for a pet. To learn how you can help this abandoned dog and others like him in the area, visit the Humane Society of Louisiana’s donation page.



In a recent study conducted by the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP) and published in the July issue of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science (JAAWS), researchers went into 12 selected animal shelters in the United States for one year to find out why.

The results of the study show that the top seven reasons for relinquishment for both dogs and cats are the same. “These commonalities suggest that there may be similar ways to address relinquishment in dogs and cats,” says Pam Burney, NCPPSP president. “For people who work in a shelter all day, there isn’t always time to look at these issues. We have impressions of what’s happening, but now we have objective data that will help us develop specific programs to address the issues that have been identified.”

Top 10 Reasons for Relinquishment*


  1. Moving (7%)
  2. Landlord not allowing pet (6%)
  3. Too many animals in household (4%)
  4. Cost of pet maintenance (5%)
  5. Owner having personal problems (4%)
  6. Inadequate facilities (4%)
  7. No homes available for litter mates (3%)
  8. Having no time for pet (4%)
  9. Pet illness(es) (4%)
  10. Biting (3%)


  1. Moving (8%)
  2. Landlord not allowing pet (6%)
  3. Too many animals in household (11%)
  4. Cost of pet maintenance (6%)
  5. Owner having personal problems (4%)
  6. Inadequate facilities (2%)
  7. No homes available for litter mates (6%)
  8. Allergies in family (8%)
  9. House soiling (5%)
  10. Incompatibility with other pets (2%)

Specially trained researchers completed confidential individual interviews with pet owners who were relinquishing their dogs or cats to animal shelters. Pet owners were allowed to give up to five reasons for relinquishment. Interviewers did not, however, prioritize the responses. They simply recorded them in the order stated.

Characteristics of Pets Being Relinquished
In addition to the reasons for relinquishment, the study collected data on the pets being relinquished. According to the study:

  • The majority of the surrendered dogs (47.7%) and cats (40.3%) were between 5 months and 3 years of age.
  • The majority of dogs (37.1%) and cats (30.2) had been owned from 7 months to 1 year.
  • Approximately half of the pets (42.8% of dogs; 50.8% of cats) surrendered were not neutered. Many of the pets relinquished (33% of dogs; 46.9% of cats) had not been to a veterinarian.
  • Animals acquired from friends were relinquished in higher numbers (31.4% of dogs; 33.2% of cats) than from any other source.
  • Close to equal numbers of male and female dogs and cats were surrendered.
  • Most dogs (96%) had not received any obedience training.

Characteristics of Pet Owners Surrendering Pets
During the confidential interviews, researchers also gathered data on the people surrendering the pets. “Owners represented a broad range of age, ethnicity, education, and income level, indicating continued efforts will need to reach wide and far into communities across the country,” say Dr. Mo Salman, the article’s senior author.

The NCPPSP Regional Shelter Survey was designed, implemented, and analyzed by six members of the NCPPSP Scientific Advisory Committee. Regional investigators were encouraged to select shelters that were likely to be representative of those in their locations. The selection was also based on a shelter’s ability to dedicate time and resources to the project.

The publication of this article represents the first such scientific and public release of relinquishment data from the NCPPSP’s ongoing research into pet population issues. “The council has undertaken several important studies to better understand the issue of unwanted companion animals. This problem cannot be solved unless we truly understand it,” says Burney. “Without this new data, individuals and organizations can have a clear idea of how to approach these issues most effectively.”

As with all research, there are limitations. According to the authors, “the study was designed to describe the animals submitted to shelters. Thus, this set of data has no comparison data from the general pet-owning population. Many factors undoubtedly influence relinquishment, and some critical factors may have been omitted. This study represents a beginning of systematic data collection to examine this complex problem. The study is not designed to deal with animals other than those entering shelters, and influences cannot be drawn beyond this population.”

The NCPPSP is a coalition of:
American Animal Hospital Association
American Humane Association
American Kennel Club
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
American Veterinary Medical Association
Association of Teachers of Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine
Cat Fanciers Association
The Humane Society of the United States
Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
National Animal Control Association
Society of Animal Welfare Administrators

* NOTE: The percentages following the dog and cat information in this section were not a part of the original press release and have been added. The figures come from an article by Dr. M. D. Salman, Dr. John G. New, Jr., et al., in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, 1(3), 207- 226. The name of the article is, “Human and Animal Factors Related to the Relinquishment of Dogs and Cats in 12 Selected Animal Shelters in the United States.” The percentages do not add up to 100% because they represent only the top ten reasons given by owners for relinquishment of animals to shelters.

A copy of the press release and article can be obtained by contacting:

Darlene Larson
Public Information Director
PO Box 341
New London, MN 56273
Phone: 320/354-3055

Submitted by Karon Brandt. Karen is a One By One Animal Rescue Organization volunteer. One By One is located outside of Kutztown, PA, and is run by volunteers. This is a non-profit, no-kill organization. One By One place dogs through direct referrals, after screening, or after a placement and assessment in a foster home.

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11 thoughts on “Owner Surrendered

  1. I’m an animal lover. But this is rediculous. on so many level. Assuming someone has a pet before their kid, assuming ppl surrender animals just cause they don’t want them….I could go on and on but what’s the point, I’m just going to get angry extremist calling me unfounded horrible names cause I had to painfully give up my dog when I became homeless cause he had a better chance at a shelter than suffering from malnourishment n living on the street. I guess I should’ve starved him to death slowly n painfully instead of a peaceful death being put to sleep.

    • Or maybe you should not have taken on the responsibility of a dog and his life if you could not have given him a life commitment.

      • How do you know in advance that in 10 years you will find yourself on the streets – with your dog? Some things cannot be planned/known ahead of time.

  2. if i found myself on the street in ten years my 3 dogs would go with me. And just so you the number one reason for abandoning dogs and cats in shelters is that they “are moving” The most ridiculous, selfish and stupid excuse. “Mrs. so and so why are you abandoning your children at the orphanage” Mrs. So and so “oh we are moving”

  3. I am totally in agreement with you. Perhaps branding people who abandon their animal family member on their hand where they are easily spotted is a way to combat these people. The should never be allowed to take on the responsibility of another one. I operate Hoofprints in the Sand Rescue outside of Newberg, OR. We rescue mostly horses but also take cats and dogs if it is necessary. We leave no one behind. It some times gets expensive but worth everything it costs and then some. I am so glad to have found this site. It is encouraging in a discouraging world. Thank you, Jacquie

  4. Oh dear.
    I came onto this page, as i’m trying to rescue dogs from kill shelters in Spain and needed information on what petitions are legit. I came to this place, as it is a disturbingly large number of people here in Czech Republic, who abandon their pets for the reasons stated above: they move, they have a kid, they get allergies or don’t have time. The internet is full of these and yes, it makes me sick.
    The discussion here is not about whether or not there are extreme situations in one’s life, that truly make them unable to look after another. We all know that there are. But this is about the general attitude and the lack of responsibility shown thru out the internet and worldwide.
    So, from me to you, you constant excusers.. a little piece of mind:
    I come from an abusive home and I don’t have many happy childhood memories. I do have a lot of trust issues instead. It’s probably why I get along with dogs much better than people. They don’t lie. And the difference between you and them is, that they know what “unconditional” means. You don’t and probably never will.
    I started living with dogs about 20 years ago. In that time, none of them have ever let me down, never done anything against me and never betrayed my trust. I only had my heart broken, as the law of nature says they don’t live as long as we do. Sucks terribly.
    In the meanwhile, I moved my house at least 5 times. I had two kids, 10 years apart from each other. I’ve been thru break ups and separation. I do have cancer diagnosis since 2010. I have never ever given up on my own. I have never abandoned any of them, not when I was sick and unable to take care of them. Not when I had no money. Not when I gave birth. Not when my kid had allergies. Not when my landlord didn’t want them there. Not once. And I will live my days, so that never happens. I am not 40 yet, so I am planning on doing this til my last breath. I will raise my kids to understand there are higher values, that every life matters and responsibility is not just a word.
    So.. that’s from me. Instead of giving you a hundred names each week, that I can easily get just by surfing the local sites.

  5. Sickening! I recently got threatened with eviction because us my 5 rescued dogs and 9 rescued cats. They all came off the streets. There were also MANY others for whom we found loving homes or their owner.
    When a neighbor claimed my dog bit him, I pictured myself standing next to a church in Manhattan with one of my dogs, a sign and a cup.
    I am a 41 year old straight man and if I have to perform sexual favors for other men in order for my dogs to be with me, THEN THAT’S WHAT I WILL DO!!!
    If you have EVER brought a loyal, loving, gentle creature to a kill shelter, you are the fucking devil! You have NO chance of being loved by any kind of God. I wish there was a way to FORCE people to understand this – TO FEEL THIS!
    If you turn your back on someone who would NEVER turn their back on you, you deserve for everyone and everything to turn their backs to you, you piece of maggot shit!

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