May 14, 2021
It was one of the few genuinely positive stories to come out of the Covid-19 crisis: At the height of the pandemic, with so many of us working from home, animal shelters across the nation reported that they didn’t have enough dogs to meet the demand. 
Instead Of Returning The Dog You Adopted During Lockdown, Do This
Now as people return to the office and pre-pandemic life, some of those dogs are being left behind. Aron Jones, executive director of Moms and Mutts Colorado Rescue (MAMCO), told HuffPost her group has seen “an unprecedented number of returns” recently.
“The majority of adopters use the ‘I no longer have time’ excuse while others claim they can no longer ‘handle’ their dog,” Jones said. 
Early on in the pandemic, Jones said her group changed its adoption application to include questions directly related to the quarantine situation: “How will you transition your dog to being alone once you return to work?” for instance, or “How will you accommodate your dog’s training and exercise needs during and after quarantine?”
Even so, some dog adopters have struggled to navigate that transition with their pets. Since the last week in February, MAMCO has had 62 dogs returned to its rescue. Of these dogs, 39 had been adopted between March and July of 2020. 
In a typical 12-month period, Jones said, the group has an average of 50 returns overall. Roughly half of those are dogs or puppies that were adopted up to four weeks earlier ― not a year later, as the group is seeing now among pandemic adopters. What worries Jones is when the dogs end up at the shelter rather than back at the rescue group.
“Most adopters follow the contract and return the dogs to us, but on occasion we will get a call from a shelter because one of our dogs has been surrendered,” Jones said. “This is terrifying, since shelters can euthanise any dog due to behavioural issues, and many dogs show fear aggression when entering the shelter.”
That said, a shelter is clearly a much better option than abandoning a dog or selling a pet online to a stranger. 
Since the pandemic began, the rescue group The Las Vegas Trapping Girls has seen an uptick in dogs dumped around the city or in the desert. In November, the group told KVVU-TV in Las Vegas that it has also seen more “free” dog listings online, which can be dangerous for a pet because it’s impossible to know who will end up with the dog. (In the worst-case scenario, a dog offered up for free could be used for dogfights or as a bait dog.) 
Pet shelters and rescue groups want people to come to them first. 
“We would much rather pet owners do the responsible thing of contacting a rescue centre than putting a pet’s welfare at risk by selling it online or abandoning it somewhere,” said Rob Young, the head of centre operations at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in London. “We aren’t ever here to judge people for the reasons behind giving up their pet.” Just as if our world got turned upside down we would be confused, so too are dogs, except they don’t understand why this is happening.Nicole Ellis, a dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert at RoverOf course, even returning a pet to a rescue centre or no-kill shelter can be traumatic, said Nicole Ellis, a dog trainer and pet lifestyle expert at Rover, a dog-sitting and dog-walking app.
“Most of the time, adopted pets have built up their trust and love in you and their new routine,” she told HuffPost. “To be taken away and put into a noisy shelter, filled with smells and sights they’re unfamiliar with, is a tough transition.”
As a result, some dogs become fearful and erratic when introduced to any new situation, according to Ellis. The dogs may take longer to bond with a new owner, or they may pick up new behaviours to signal their distress: barking, pacing and self-harming behaviour, such as excessive licking.
“Just as if our world got turned upside down we would be confused, so too are dogs, except they don’t understand why this is happening,” Ellis said. “They believe they are part of the family, and no family member should go through that.”
Though many shelters have reported seeing an uptick in pet surrenders in recent weeks, national shelter data has yet to show a statistically significant number of returns, according to data from the animal welfare group Best Friends Animal Society. 
Best Friends Animal Society hopes to convince uncertain pet owners that they have other options: Dogs can absolutely adjust to their owner’s return to the office. With the right training and preparation, it really doesn’t need to be a huge ordeal, said Holly Sizemore, the chief mission officer for the group. “By now, many people have undoubtedly discovered the secret reality of what dogs and cats really do all day. Whether there are people around or not, they mostly sleep, with a bit of eating and playing mixed in ― all things that they can do just as easily without human companionship,” Sizemore said. 
Below, pet experts like Sizemore offer realistic advice on how to continue to care for your pup ― and how to handle rehoming them if that really is the best option for both of you. Recognise that the pandemic has had a stressful effect on all pets, not just yours. Dogs, just like humans, are enduring a really stressful time right now. If your dog is exhibiting behavioural problems, know that that’s very common.
As the COVID-19 restrictions begin to lift around the country, Jones said, her group is seeing a ton of what she calls “pandemic puppies.”
“These are dogs who were raised in quarantine situations by people who were not able to take the dogs to training, dog parks or to socialise with other people,” she said.
Jones likens the dogs to teenagers who lack social skills.
“Many were paired with people who also were not able to be trained in dog behaviour because of social distancing,” she said. “Dog training is actually more for people than it is for dogs, so now both dog and owner are overwhelmed.”Look into a good trainer. Jones tells stressed-out new pet owners to take a deep breathe and realise there’s outside help available. Pet owners just need to be willing to take a new approach with a trainer. “Contact the rescue or shelter you adopted from and ask for trainer recommendations,” she said.
“If your puppy/dog is fully vaccinated (the other kind!) start going to off-leash dog parks and socialise your dog,” Jones said. “Go to a park that has an extremely large, grassy area and costs a fee to enter, since that usually deters people who have aggressive dogs.”Anticipate that your dog may have some separation anxiety. Erin Katribe, medical director of Best Friends Animal Society, suggests pet owners know the signs of separation anxiety and prepare for it before work schedules change.  Separation anxiety is common among pets that are overly attached or dependent upon their owner.  After more than a year of lockdown, that probably describes most dogs right now.When pets with separation anxiety are left by their owners, they experience high levels of distress and anxiety, which often manifests in some telltale behaviour: barking or whining when you leave, scratching or chewing on furniture, over-grooming or a change in appetite.  “Most pets don’t like sudden and abrupt changes,” Katribe said. “Instead, try starting now to get your pet ready and ease them back to your previously ‘normal’ routine more easily.”To get dogs prepared for more alone time, the vet suggested a few things:  Create a safe, comfy place where they can have peaceful, relaxing alone time. Maybe it’s a quiet room off to the side in your home or a crate filled up with some Kongs and other toys to keep them busy. (You also might want to buy or make some hidden treats in boxes and food puzzles for mental stimulation)While you’re gone, play soothing music or podcasts (think reggae, smooth jazz, classical or radio stations like the BBC or NPR). This will keep them from being startled by outside noises. You can also try a white noise machine. Reward your pup for calm, independent behaviour, especially if they’re usually clingy. Usually, pet owners pay the most attention to their dogs when they’re active or even misbehaving. What you want to reward is calm and chill behaviour.  Practice leaving for short periods of time to run errands or go for a walk. To reinforce the idea that you’ll always come back, tell them you’ll be back later while leaving and announce that you’re back when you get home. Make sure your dog is getting a good walk and playtime before you leave for work or when you come home.Providing a pet with exercise, stimulation and a potty break throughout the day can work wonders, Ellis said. 
“When you get home, consider some one-on-one time to do a little training together,” she said. “Ten to 15 minutes can go a long way in fixing or preventing behavioural issues, and you’ll find that it will really strengthen the human-animal bond.”
For a dog with a lot of energy, consider day care or midday walks from dog walking platforms, such as Wag or Rover, if you can swing it.If it’s not possible to keep your pet, make sure you return it to a safe rescue or shelter centre. Even if there have been some hiccups between the two of you, your pet has no doubt provided you with companionship and comfort through this difficult year. Try to honour the commitment you made at adoption, Sizemore said.
That said, it might still be the case that finding a new home for a pet may be the best option for your and/or the pet if you’ve exhausted other options and your pet’s quality of life is at stake.
“In those cases, we’d encourage you to reach out to your network of friends and family as well as to your local shelter or animal welfare organisation for advice on resources available to re-home your pet,” Sizemore said. 
Keep in mind that some shelters are still faced with having to euthanize incoming pets simply because they don’t have the resources to guarantee a positive outcome. 
“That means that anything you can do to relieve that potential burden from your local shelter and ensure your pet isn’t put at risk is absolutely imperative,” she said. Regardless of your dog-owning status, use Best Friends Animal Society’s Pet Lifesaving Dashboard to find out if a shelter near you needs help in saving the animals in their care. If your local shelter experiences an influx of “pandemic pet” returns, your donation could make a big difference.Related...Brits Can't Stop Hiring Hens – And They're Clucking AdorableThe Gross Truth About How Often You Should Wash Your Pillowcases30 Funny Tweets About Being A 'Plant Parent'
Related Stories
Latest News
Top news around the world
Coronavirus Disease

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

Around the World

Celebrity News

> Latest News in Media

Watch It
Bringing Untold History to the Screen in 'Small Axe's' Activist Scene
June 21, 2021
BsOaWmw3HCM
'Rise Again: Tulsa and the Red Summer' Director Dawn Porter Joins Variety's Doc Dreams
June 17, 2021
oMAMai1pFn0
Elisabeth Moss & Gillian Anderson on ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ and Margaret Thatcher | Actors on Actors
June 09, 2021
1JjqYnbQJtU
NFL Star Carl Nassib Comes Out as Gay & Shows Support In a Big Way | E! News
June 21, 2021
_ZEqZ4GLVK8
Khloé Kardashian & Tristan Thompson Split Again | E! News
June 21, 2021
c_UcKYg6-eY
Olivia Wilde Sidesteps Harry Styles Acting Questions | E! News
June 21, 2021
KPry4D2AHAo
Deepak Chopra’s super-spiritual house with ‘God rays’ listed for $5M | Page Six Celebrity News
June 21, 2021
_LqsyYtcZ90
Braunwyn Windham-Burke confirms relationship with ‘RHOC’ alum | Page Six Celebrity News
June 21, 2021
NtLWMFTsKi0
Anthony Bourdain’s NYC apartment up for rent with $2,200 price cut | Page Six Celebrity News
June 21, 2021
8TW879a3_Vs
YG Wants to Bring TeleHealth Van Service to Released Prisoners Too
June 22, 2021
Yek54OScYn4
Wolfgang Puck Mistook Ariana Grande for Student Dining at His Restaurant | TMZ
June 21, 2021
_p2bIf9TwFE
Kim Kardashian Says She Owes Kris Humphries Apology for Mishandling Split | TMZ TV
June 21, 2021
HKVVCFzUXKI
TV Schedule
Late Night Show
Watch the latest shows of U.S. top comedians

Sports

Latest sport results, news, videos, interviews and comments
Latest Events
19
Nov
ASIAN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group H
Sydney FC - Shanghai SIPG
17
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Spain - Germany
14
Nov
UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE A: Group Stage
Germany - Ukraine
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Manchester City - Liverpool
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Arsenal - Aston Villa
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Valencia - Real Madrid
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
AC Milan - Verona
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Bromwich Albion - Tottenham Hotspur
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Bologna - Napoli
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Genoa - Roma
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Atalanta - Inter Milan
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Lazio - Juventus
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Bayer Leverkusen - Borussia Monchengladbach
08
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Leicester City - Wolves
08
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Wolfsburg - Hoffenheim
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Valladolid - Athletic Bilbao
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Levante - Alaves
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Real Sociedad - Granada CF
08
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Torino - Crotone
08
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Getafe - Villarreal
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Borussia Dortmund - Bayern Munich
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Everton - Manchester United
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Chelsea - Sheffield United
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Atletico Madrid - Cadiz
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Barcelona - Real Betis
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Augsburg - Hertha Berlin
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
Stuttgart - Eintracht Frankfurt
07
Nov
GERMANY: Bundesliga
RB Leipzig - SC Freiburg
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Rotherham - Preston NE
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Parma - Fiorentina
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Watford - Coventry
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Norwich City - Swansea City
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Blackburn - QPR
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Derby County - Barnsley
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Huddersfield - Luton
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Nottingham Forest - Wycombe Wanderers
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
West Ham United - Fulham
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Sheffield Wednesday - Millwall
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Brentford - Middlesbrough
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Championship
Birmingham - Bournemouth
07
Nov
SPAIN: La Liga
Sevilla - Osasuna
07
Nov
ITALY: Serie A
Benevento - Spezia
07
Nov
ENGLAND: Premier League
Crystal Palace - Leeds
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Ferencvaros - Juventus
04
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group G
Barcelona - Dynamo K.
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group A
Salzburg - Bayern Munich
03
Nov
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE: Group stage, Group D
Atalanta - Liverpool
Find us on Instagram
at @feedimo to stay up to date with the latest.
Featured Video You Might Like
zWJ3MxW_HWA L1eLanNeZKg i1XRgbyUtOo -g9Qziqbif8 0vmRhiLHE2U JFCZUoa6MYE UfN5PCF5EUo 2PV55f3-UAg W3y9zuI_F64 -7qCxIccihU pQ9gcOoH9R8 g5MRDEXRk4k
Copyright © 2020 Feedimo. All Rights Reserved.