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Reasons a dog or cat might be returned to shelter

July 26, 2013

Despite the best efforts of shelters to find good homes for pets, about 10 percent of adoptions don’t work out and the dogs or cats are returned. Here is a sampling of reasons cited by several shelters for returned pets, ranging from fathomable to far-fetched.

— Moving or lifestyle changes.

— Allergies.

— Lost job, house or loved one.

— Doesn’t get along with other pets.

— Got too big.

— Doesn’t match the sofa or rug.

— Golden retriever that liked to swim clogged pool filter.

— Too time-consuming.

— Too expensive.

— Too playful.

— Too lazy.

— Loves too much.

— Not cuddly enough.

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