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I Gave My Dog Away :(

I recently gave my dog back to the humane society we got it from. I have been crying nonstop for a week. He had some problems that we got a trainer for, but nothing worked. I feel horrible. Anyone else had to give their dog away? I feel so sad and alone :(

cherry27 cherry27 26-30, F 168 Responses Mar 27, 2008

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I have a shih-tzu poodle mix boy named Luffy. He's six months old and we have to give him up. My step dad doesn't like dogs in general and has developed anxiety because of Luffy. Even though he goes outside and is a good boy. Though he occasionnaly nips and barks, it's only for attention, and I feel so bad. My parents say that I can get a new dog when I move out (I'm thirteen) but I want Luffy to stay by my side, and I feel it would be betrayal to get another dog when I know I gave up on him and he's still somewhere out there in the world. And it's not like he will be waiting for me and I can just take him back after five years. But it's not like I can refuse when it's causing a major depression within my stepdad. I don't know what to do.

I am 14 years old and 5 months ago we bought a husky. everything was going just fine, I mean I was happy. I walked him in the morning, 3-4 a day. but things started to go worse by time to time, he didnt do his "business" outside and my mom was freaking out, I started to have little less time, and now my mom and dad are thinking of giving him away. and I just cant... Cant imagine leaving without him, not being waken up by him. I just cant imagine that my house will be empty when I will get back from school. and I just cant believe that one day he will wake up somebody else, he will walk with somebody else....I just dont want to imagine him leaving without me, and me leaving without him. I mean I cant stop crying right now, I dont think my parent give a **** about it. I just dont know how I will handle it, i dont know why I am even writing it... Everything is just so f*cked up.

Gave away my 9 week year old german shepherd away today. I had to because of my sudden tight work schedule that required me to move from place to place for long periods of time. Mia had beautiful eyes and would follow me around everywhere. She would wake me up at 7 ever morning to take her out for a walk. I was never a morning person until she came and changed my life. I never knew that I would wake up excited at 7 am to take her on walks and play with her. She really did change my life. All I did today was lay in my room next to her house. I know one day I'll have to take her house and her belongings out of my room, but for now I think I'll stay in the moment and grieve over choosing my work over my little baby. Hope you grow big, strong, & healthy Mia. Love you.

I left my beloved westie behind when I divorced- it only seemed fair, as I took the kids, I couldnt leave my ex all alone, when I had three gorgeous children for company.
I really miss him, and I wish that I could have kept him - buying a new dog seems like a betrayal as Snowy is still alive.
It would be so mean to demand Snowys return now after 2 years, he may not even remember me, but I cant get over my sweet little dog. Dont want to upset dog or ex or new partner, who doesnt like Snowy - would love to be more selfish and not care about all that.

I gave my dog Chili to a foster home over 10 years ago. At the time I felt like it was my only option. My life was a mess, and as many of the people on here I was being kicked out of my townhouse because my neighbors were complaining about my dog. Now all these years later, I still cry and I miss Chili so much. I feel there were other options that at the time I just didn't consider. I was young and on my own. I just wish I had considered what I was doing more and how it would haunt me later. I will probably never forgive myself and sometimes feel like it was just yesterday that I saw Chili. The pain is still strong. I would relive all those hard years if I could have the choice to make over again. The decisions we make live with us forever. Sometimes they surface years later and can be crushing. I'm sorry Chili. I feel I gave up on you and regret it to this day. My heart is still broken.

Everyone should read the article, "Man chooses homelessness rather than giving up Pitbull." Just my 2 cents.

Sorry I'm late to the party on this, but I have to respond. Reading this is making me cry and miss my golden retriever, Luna, more. I'm leaving my parents home in a few days to move in with my fiance. Sadly, at this time I can't take her with me. I knew 5 years ago when I got her as a puppy that eventually when I moved out, she would most likely stay with my parents and their dog. It was what was agreed upon between my parents since I knew when I moved out that I would potentially start out someplace she couldn't follow. Both dogs grew up together and my parents know all that's needed to know about her, so I have no worries to that. I guess I'm part of the lucky crowd that she's going to be with someone I can come back to visit, but it still breaks my heart having to give her up as "my dog".

Hi so my dog had to have someone that could give him constant care do to medical problems. My one tip is not to cry because he is gone rember all the good times he would want u to be happy

I have a 3yr old Shih tzu. Don't get me wrong I love him so much. It's just that I think he is bipolar. One minute he is sweet the next time his bitting me. I just was bitten on my upper lip. I'm trying my very best to explain to my boyfriend maybe he is just confused because he bit right after I carried him to not attack the person knocking at the door. My mom & my boyfriend likes me to give him up, in a way I'm torn, I love him so much. But I can't have scars all over right? Please help me... What should I do

On Sat. we are going to have to give up Leo. He is my 9 mn. old Yorkie. I don't want 2 let him go. I love him and I don't want 2 give up on him but I don't know what 2 do. The problem is that he will NOT stop barking, biting & going in the house. The vet won't give him any anxiety meds. I walk him 100x/day to go to the bathroom & 4 exercise. I play w/ him (he has a 1000 toys). We bought him natural herbs and they don't work. I tried warm milk w/ honey & that works but gives him diarrhea. I tired oatmeal but he doesn't eat it. He's too small 4 a shock collar. What else can I do? I tired picking up his water & putting it down every so many hours so I know exactly when he drinks it so I take him out but then he think it isn't okay to drink it & he doesn't drink any. When we eat he barks to have some and then we give him whatever we're eating & then he doesn't eat it. My heart is broken. I love him so much. He can go for hours being wonderful & pleasant. Then he does for hours being horrendous & unbearable to live with. By giving him away I feel like I punishing for how he acts half the time. This isn't once a week or once every 3-5 days. This is EVERYDAY! EVERYDAY he's good for hours, then he's bad for hours; then he's good for hours then he's bad for hours. I'm hurting so bad. He keeps cuddling w/ me & kissing me. It's making it THAT much harder. How can I give him away? I'm going 2 miss him so much. I love him so much. He's always scratching @ the doors to b w/ me. The WHOLE reason why he barks & bites ALL the time is solely because he wants CONSTANT attention. He's NOT a bad dog @ ALL! He doesn't mean ANY harm. Like I said he can go 4 hours being SO good. Thus, by giving him away I feel like I'm abandoning him because of how he acts HALF of the time. I love him. I don't know what to do.

Reading these makes me so sad I have a foxy jack russell and could not imagine life without him he saved me we have just been removed from our home due to the no pet policy I was running out of time there was no way he was getting taken from me then I got a flat of our own right in the nick of time people may think I'm crazy moving and changing my life for what some ignorant people call "just a dog" but he is my baby and he is my life love him more than anything and will use all my resources until it's my last one to not lose him so sorry for all the losses on here xxxxx

I don't have or had a dog but I'm giving my guinea pigs away soon, I love them but I can't even get them out of the cage to clean it. I'm scared I will regret it because I love them but they don't love me back

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I had to give away my best friend, my little GG she is a cross staffy & jack Russell because we were made homeless and I had no where my baby could stay. God I miss her so much. If only life was easy and I had my own place.

I handed her to an animal rescue, it has now been a week and 4 days I miss her so much. I miss when every morning she would wake up at 6am to lay next to me in bed, placing her neck on mine.
I miss giving her belly rubs, hugs and kisses.

I miss playing with her. I miss you my little GG so, so much. Can't stop crying, this is too much.

Omg I just gave away my 8 week old puppy because I'm moving to an apartment that's all carpet & she is soooo not trained n were moving on the first also I found a flea on her n I have a 2 yr old so I just couldn't have that but omg I just feel so sad I pray that she goes to a good home the new owner says he will treat her good and he has other dogs but u just never know!! I'm heartbroken :/ I regret it so much :( I love you clementine I'll be praying for you Babygirl!

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I had to give up my little chihuahua mix. He was my best friend. He made me so happy. I was dealing with depressed and self harm but when i meet Riley he was my light! He help me feel happy again, he help me feel love. I had to get rid of Riley because we were moving and my step dad didn't want him need a new house. I had to give him to a animal shelter. He got a adopted after three days. I miss him a lot. It been three months now and I still cry. I been having nightmare about him. I just wish he had a good home and some to love him! I just want him back!!! I miss him!!!! :'g

I had to get rid of my dog last December, and I'm still crying over it! he was my best friend, I mean it, I swear he was my guardian angel or something! anyways my mom tells me over lunch that I have to get rid of him because we are moving into a rented house (even though we've been living in a rented house for the past two years) and I just broke down, I hate crying in front of people, but I couldn't help it.

what makes me angry is that nobody made any decisions with me regarding my dog. so next thing I know we are driving 1000's of miles up north to dump him at my sisters friend's mom's house. all she does is sit there and let her other dogs run around in a small back yard filled with poop.

I still haven't gotten over it and I now resent many people for it.
I have so much anxiety ( no thanks to school) and my dog was the only place where I felt like I could just breathe, he was my escape from whatever.

Ive had this puppy for 2 weeks now and i have to give him away because the owner of the house dont want a dog in the house and i honestly am heartbroken and i been crying nonstop since yesterday , we giving him away today and i feel like a part of me is getting taken away

My husband and I got our first puppy yorkie pom after being married for a month or so ) which was a mistake). Because we had to move back in with my parents and kept our puppy at his brothers place. I feel like I missed his childhood and didn’t get to see him as often. Then we decided to get another puppy pure pom since we were getting a house with his brother and wife. Unfortunately our marriage isn’t working out and we have to give the dogs away. My husband tried asking me to give dogs away before our separation, but every time he talked about it, I would cry. So now, I can’t keep the dogs since my mother and sister have allergies… and I can’t afford a separate place yet. My heart is breaking in pieces, I’m crying every night. Any puppy, any picture of the dogs makes me cry. I went to see them not too long ago and the way they were kissing me and looking at me made my heart break even more.. My husband is going to give them away to humane societies on monday… I just can’t accept the fact that everything I dreamed of is falling apart. Those puppies are my happiness, my babies.. People don’t understand how attached you get and how hard it is to give them away. I wanna make sure they have good owners, not given away to shelters or anything.. but I don’t think my husband understands..

I have to give my dog away becuz I am getting a new dog and I feel horrible its not fair I wish I could keep both but we can't cuz he might get mu new dog pregnet :*(

yup, i got a puppy for my birthday and she was a huskey, my mom then broke her ankle on our step and we had to give my dog away, i was sobbing non- stop for 4 or 5 days. im so sorry but its a sign that there is another out there, the one you had isnt the one. good luck :) i found out i had a litter of kittens made for me :D and hopefully we can get another dog! good luck and im sorry! dont feel bad :)

I had brought a 8 week old jack russell. When I went in the pet shop my intentions was to buy a pam a poo that I seen online but she was bigger then what I expected. Then I saw my baby and it was love at first sight. She was so tiny and shy but when I picked her up she balled up right under my heart and clug to me as though she knew I would be her owner. almost 2 weeks later I lost my job and couldn't afford to pay rent so I had to move back in with my grandma who has a no tolerance for dogs so I was forced to get rid of her when I moved out 2 weeks later. I seriously think about her all the time. I didn't think the pain of losing having to give her to another family would hurt this badly. I'm constantly concerned about her well being and if she's safe with her new family. She had a few behavior issues but was truly a great and loving dog. I just want her back...

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I had to gave my 2 dogs back to the humane society just recently and they told me I can get my dogs back ....... I went back 2 weeks later and they f*** sent them 2 another humane society , so we went there ---- and they were not there !!! ............................... so we went 2 another humane society n NOTHING ........................... we are soooooooo MAD !!
plz help what can we do !!!!!!!!!

Yes I did yesterday. I cry all the time. She was sooo loving but would not respond to training. I loved her kisses.

hey darl. Last week I had to give my dog away. He constantly barked and council threatened to take him away. It was only meant to be a trial and then he would come back but they ended up keeping him and I don't get to see him for another 2 months and I'm so upset too :( I didn't even get to say buy. You are not alone! Xxxx

I have just experienced the same thing. He was housebroken when I got him. He has a control thing with my other dogs. I missed him and went back to get him, and know he is peeing in my floor. My fault, do not do this, be sure you want to give the dog up.

Hi everyone and thanks for taking the time to read this (btw sorry my 1st language is not english). I have been depressed about this matter for about a year now...I didn't give my dog away yet but I am thinking about it because it seems like I have no other choice left. Here is my story: In 2005, my dad remarried with a much younger woman who BEGGED him every single day for a keep her quiet he bought her a puppy. So one day I got home from school and saw this little puppy in our living room… I was so upset! Even though I love animals, I never wanted a pet cuz I knew how much of a hassle it is to take care of them (taking them for a walk everyday,cleaning after them, etc..). But after a few weeks I fell in love with this german shepard (we named him Bernard). My stepmother didn’t have a job so she spent her whole days at home playing with the dog and everything was fine…until her biological clock started ticking again. My dad would still not give her a child (he already had 3 teenagers) so they decided to get a divorce. In 2008, when the divorce was finalized, my stepmother went back to her native country and my dad bought a new house(and kept Bernard). After my ex-stepmother left the picture, my dad realized he would have to start taking care of Bernard himself. so to escape his responsabilities, he decided to crate the dog in the garage, where the dog can see and hear us but not interact with us since there is a babygate to prevent him from walking around the house. That way, he only has to open the garage exit to let him go out and put his food and water in the garage area. So basically it’s been 5 years since my dog is living in the garage. This is such a disgusting thing to do. Because of the dust in the garage his skin got very itchy and he cries bcuz he is separated from us. I try to reason my father and tell him that what he does is unfair to bernard but he just doesn’t care. A year ago he announced to me that he was thinking about bringing Bernard to a shelter (where they euthanize dogs after 48 hours!!) and since this day I have been incredibly depressed. I begged him not to do it because I figure he is already old (almost 9 years old) and he only has a few years before he passes away. I know that I am selfish but even though Bernard has a crappy life living in the garage, I don’t want him to be euthanized, it is too sad to die like this. Anyway so a few weeks ago I learned that I have been accepted to pursue a Master’s degree in another state. I want to take Bernard with me but I can’t find any affordable apartment that allow big dogs (he is 100 lbs). Initially, my plan was to live Bernard at my dad’s for 2 years and when I get my masters degree I would start working and buy a pretty house just for me and Bernard and we would live happily…But I know that I cannot leave Bernard with my that in the meantime because I know that as soon I will step out the house he will take him to that stupid shelter to have him killed. I don’t know what to do...there is a place about 5 hours from my house where they adopt a few dogs to help train vet students…I contacted them and they assured me that they never euthanize dogs and take care of them until they find a new family…I know the smartest option at the moment is to bring Bernard over there but my heart won’t let me do it…please help me think through this I love my dog so much and don’t want to live without him…I have been crying myself to sleep for a year trying to find a decision…:(

Find someone to take care of your dog until you finish school. Hope this response wasn't too late, and if it was I hope it turned out ok for bernard and for you.

I recently surrendered my neutered male chihuahua puppy to the Arizona Humane Society. I knew I made a mistake when I was driving home and I was crying about it. I regret it so much now. I was so wrong about it. I still cry about it when I think about it. I later found out that they euthanize the majority of the dogs surrendered to them, so, they probably euthanized my puppy as soon as I left. Had I known what I know now, I would not have surrendered him to them. I would have kept him and struggled with all my financial issues and tried to keep him forever. I miss the way he used to look up at me, and look me right in my eyes. He was so sweet and loving. I miss him so much. It was the worst mistake of my entire life so far.

Hi, I would like to share my experience with you guys. I am a student ( dealing with rent and uni ) and I have a beautiful 3y old cane corso, Magnus. It's very hard, here, to find rent if you own pets..but I was doing ok. Last year, my baby boy Magnus found under a parked car, a little puppy left there, she had 1week most, so I took care of her ( I wasn't planning to get a second dog, but I could not let her die there ).. and now she's a loving doughnut. Here comes the crying part. I have to give up the place I rented because I got fired from my job and I don't have the money to keep up. I tried many other renting homes but the landlords does not rent pet friendly and I have to move out at the end of this month, so, I think I have to give up the baby girl for this purpose, but can't deal with the pain; also..she escaped from the yard many times as she would like to get away, far from here. Is it selfish of me to keep her and continue with this situation ? It will be better for her if she finds another good loving family ? Don't know what to do. Next year I will continue my uni in Germany and I don t know if I will find rent there for both my dogs.

My apartment complex told me they were dog and "pet friendly". About a month after I moved in they posted a memo on my door saying my dog was not in compliance with their pet policy, meaning he was over 50 lbs. a detail I was never told in the move in or lease signing process. The memo said the dog had to be removed immediately even though they had already taken my pet deposit and "pet rent". The office manager was very cold to me and blandly stated I would be reimbursed what I had paid in pet fees and graciously gave me 3 whole days to rehome my dog. Since I have two roommates who are living in fear of "the man" and didn't want me to rock the boat too much I couldn't really fight back much. Luckily my mom was able to keep my dog for a couple months and the apartment people told me I could have my dog over on the weekends, this turned out to be a blatant lie because I ended up getting yet another memo stating the dog was not to be on the premises whatsoever.

I had a 1 1/2 year old, precious, loving, gentle, male greyhound whom I rescued from the humane society in Houston, TX when he was only 2 months old. I moved back to Indiana and he came with me; he was, and is, like my child. I seriously loved this dog more than anything. I eventually decided that all the back and forth between my mom's place and my own as well as all the trouble I was getting from the goblins in the office was too much stress on my sweet boy. I found a not for profit that specially fosters and adopts greyhounds in my area and I met with an adoption representative and she took my pup into her home that day.

I feel confident that he's in good hands and being well taken care of but I simply cannot let go. I feel like I should have done more. I feel like I didn't give him a good life, basically I just want him with me because yes I'm selfish and I feel like the only way for him to have a good life is to be with me. I'm coherent enough to know that this is not necessarily true but I can't help but to still be grieving. I broke down in a Subway this past week, I cry just talking about him, I feel like I've lost a family member because well I have. My poor girlfriend is going to start thinking I'm mad and bless her heart she tries to comfort me as much as possible but I guess I'm looking for some support or possible suggestions to moving on and being happy for my Eber. Thanks

It's hard to go through something like this, specially if you hAve kids, they get so attached. And I been trying to let go. And my son ask for a new puppy, and it's so hard. I think even If I were to get a new puppy in a few years ago, it just wouldn't be the same. It's been a
month now that I sold him, and seems that I miss him more everyday,