AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - Nationwide, about 10 to 15 percent of all animals rescued from a shelter will be returned.
“A lot of the reasons that we see pets returned this time of year, is sometimes people forget that animals should never be an impulsive buy or adopt,” said Christy Fischer, assistant director of Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare.
During the holidays, a lot of shelters have specials on adoptions to help the animals find homes.
Amarillo Animal Management and Welfare is currently having a special through Saturday, January 4, where dogs are $17 and cats are $12.
The only problem, is people see the cheap price and forget there is a reoccurring cost to have the animal such as food, toys, and vet bills.
“Cost does go into it, they come fully vetted, fully spayed and neutered and micro-chipped, but that’s for that year, you still have to follow up every year with your vet routines, shots, heart worm heart guard, next guard flee and tick prevention," said Raven Springs, a volunteer at Gracie’s Project. "Then cost of food, I mean there is all kinds of different foods, treats, toys bedding, you know if they are cold, jackets and sweaters.”
Some new owners return animals because they don’t have the time or patience to train them.
“If an animal has some sort of a training issue, there are all kinds of resources out there. We can kind of steer them in the right direction, there is professional trainers out there. There is little classes they can sign up for, because training is an integral part of being a good pet owner again whether it’s a cat or a dog,” said Fischer.
Returning animals can actually be worse for the animal, and in some cases cause separation anxiety.
“It’s depressing for them, they had a household situation, we have had a few cases where they were in a house for you know anywhere between four to seven months, and they come back and they get put in a rescue environment and it’s like starting all over. They don’t understand what happened or what they needed to do different,” said Springs.
Le Chateau Pet Resort donated food, toys and blankets to Gracie’s project today, as they continue to find homes for over 100 dogs.