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  • Rescue Requires Commitment

    June 11, 2021 2 min read

    Some are calling them the Pandemic Pups. These poor dogs were adopted during the coronavirus stay-at-home orders and now find themselves returned to shelters as the world returns to normal. We’ve seen the headlines of the problem brewing at rescues across the country. But why is it happening?

    As life returns to normal, many are realizing the true commitment of owning a dog. As unthinkable as it is to us in the rescue world, some people simply don’t want the inconvenience. They don’t want to have to rush home from work. They want to stay out late. They want to travel. Bringing your dog to the shelter for this reason is completely inexcusable.

    But some pet owners have found their circumstances changed in the year since adopting. If you’re facing hardship, the good news is that there are resources to keep your dog in your home.

    Behavior Corrections

    If your concern is your pup’s behavior, it may be due to a new schedule. Remember that pups who were adopted during the pandemic have only known your house with you in it. With more frequent alone time, they may develop separation anxiety, which can manifest as destructive behavior.>

    Additional training can help, such as learning to use a crate. Check your local area for organizations that might put on low cost seminars to help deal with pup anxiety. You can also try contacting the rescue you adopted from, letting them know you need help with dog training. They may have great suggestions for low cost training options.

    Scheduling Concerns

    If you find that you’re having trouble meeting your pup’s needs because of time away from home, there are a number of avenues to try. First, figure out where you can bring your pup where you might not have before. Many workplaces are becoming dog friendly as a perk to keep their employees happy.

    If that is not an option, there are doggie daycare services, as well as dog walker options who can visit your home multiple times per day. To save money, you could also seek out a friend who either works from home or has a different schedule to watch your pup. If they have a dog, too, you could simply return the favor in lieu of payment.

    Financial Issues

    If you are struggling to meet the basic needs of your pup because of financial strain, there are still programs to get help. Search your local area for pet food banks to get food and other items you need to keep your pup home. There are also specialized programs across the country that are tailor-made to support people in this situation. Grounds & Hounds proudly supported one such initiative called the HERO Team program through Rescue Roast in 2020.

    The Humane Society has a great directory to help you find local resources. This includes not only basic necessities, but help with lower cost veterinary care

    Utilize these resources to keep your best friend at home. They are in place so that your dog remains where she is happiest: with you.

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