Dog abandonment is a heart-breaking issue that affects countless innocent animals.

It is a difficult topic to discuss, but one that needs our attention. There are genuine reasons why some people find themselves unable to care for their dogs. Here we provide guidance on what to do if you are in this unfortunate situation.

Unforeseen circumstances can always arise, such as financial hardships, health issues, or changes in living situations. These challenges make it difficult or impossible to continue caring for a dog. It’s crucial to remember that abandoning a dog is never the solution. Our loyal companions deserve love, care, and a safe environment.

If you find yourself unable to care for your dog anymore, there are several responsible alternatives available:

Contact a shelter or rescue centre

Your first port of call: reach out to your local animal shelters or rescue organizations. These dedicated groups work tirelessly to find loving homes for abandoned animals. They can provide a safe haven for your dog until a suitable, permanent home is found. It’s so much better to talk to a professional who has rehomed dogs and make sure your companion is in safe hands instead of abandoning them.

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Find a temporary home

Another option is to consider finding a temporary foster home for your dog. This could be a friend or family member who is willing to provide temporary care until you are able to regain stability in your life. This arrangement can give you peace of mind knowing that your beloved pet is in good hands. Make sure that you have complete trust in this arrangement and that the person you’re entrusting understands all of the responsibilities well.

Invest in behaviour training

If the reason you feel unable to care for your dog anymore is unwanted behaviours, consider embarking on some behaviour training. These programs work with dogs to address behavioural issues, anxieties, or other challenges that may be contributing to your conflict. Through professional assistance, you may find a solution that allows you to keep your dog and build a harmonious relationship.

Connect with the dog community

It’s super important to remember that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a responsible and compassionate choice. Reach out to local community resources, such as animal welfare organizations or veterinary clinics, for guidance and support. They may be able to provide advice, resources, or even financial assistance to help you overcome your current obstacles. Try not to be in fear of judgement – you’ll find people who understand and are willing and able to support you and your pup.

Doggie wellbeing is paramount

Ultimately, the most important thing is to prioritize the well-being of your dog. By seeking out alternative solutions, you can make sure that your furry friend receives the love, care, and attention they deserve. Remember, there are people out there willing to help, and together, we can make a difference in the lives of our beloved animals.

Dog abandonment is a distressing and often polarising issue, but there’s support out there for those who find themselves unable to care for their dogs. By reaching out to local animal shelters, considering foster care options, or exploring training and behavioural solutions, we can ensure that these loyal companions find the love and care they deserve. Remember, you are not alone in this situation. Seek help, be responsible, and let’s work together to prevent dog abandonment and create a brighter future for our furry friends.

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About the author

Vaila Erin is a writer, lover of animals, and a bit of a nomad. For her, life is about stories — observing yourself and others so that you can laugh, cry and entertain each other with its absurdities. Connect with her at or via LinkedIn.