During the summer holidays, animal shelters always see a great rise in the number of animals surrendered by their caretakers, people who were supposed to provide them with a loving forever home but are now willing to give up the animals at the first sign of a conflict in vacation scheduling…

This is why this typically pleasant time is not very enjoyable at all for animal rescuers and shelters. Teresa Tucker, an animal advocate and volunteer at the Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control near Monroe, North Carolina, has seen her fair share of horrific stories involving people who came in to abandon their animals, for no good reason.

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On a surrender day before a holiday, the line at the shelter was long and steady, Tucker shared on her Facebook page. She goes on to paint the picture of several “highlights” from the day, first of them being the incident of a giant schnauzer being surrendered for anal sac issues.

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Another story features two cats allegedly “found” at the gym the same day by the woman bringing them in. The shelter workers noticed that both cats had collars and the woman happened to have a crate. After paying attention to the name she had given at the front desk and doing some research on social media, Tucker quickly discovered that the “strays” were not stray at all.

Another senior dog was surrendered for nothing more than being old and ill. The dog will most likely be put to sleep, which was communicated to the caretaker who, simply speaking, was not at all concerned. Another person waiting with a Pit Bull got fed up with waiting in line and walked out of the doors announcing that he was just going to let the dog go.

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As Tucker points out, 90 percent of the surrenders she witnessed were Pit Bulls, senior dogs, and cats.

The number of surrenders in shelters – and unbelievable stories like those – as well as the many cases of abandonment in the streets is simply overwhelming. If anything good can come out of these stories of heartlessness, it must be more and more emphasis on the absolute necessity of spaying and neutering animals so that the number of unwanted and hurt dogs and cats remains as small as possibly. Education about animal care and helping animals in need is also vital. Remember, adopting an animal is a life-long commitment. If you’re considering adopting, check out these things to keep in mind before you do.

Image source: Teresa Tucker/Facebook

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