Owners Offload Dogs Bought In Lockdown By Pretending They Are Strays, The Guardian, 23 October 2021
Charities have reported a growing trend of people abandoning their pandemic pets as they no longer have as much time for them.
A lot of people failed to think through buying a lockdown puppy and are now struggling to keep up financially or experiencing behavioural problems due to a lack of training and socialisation.
I knew this would happen. This is why I no longer believe in having pets. Would we adopt a child only to abandon it when it becomes too expensive? Requires too much “work”? You don’t put a child in a cage. Or chain them. You don’t leave a child alone in the house for hours while you work or shop. You let a child play with other children, groom them, teach them, feed them well. When you own a pet, you prepare for high medical bills, high boarding bills. You hire someone to walk and exercise them if you can not or will not. Having a pet is a long-term, high-investment undertaking.
Was this a pandemic puppy that became too much work?