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 153 Responses Mar 27, 2008

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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,

I had to give my english springer alfie up yesterday hes gone to work as a police sniffer dog buts been the hardest thing ive ever done my family are in bits I feel ive given away one of my children , he was perfect in every way but was a working springer and we were not giving him enough exercise and stimulating training both my wife are now both working long hrs leaving alone and I felf it was wrong but now I feel like ive made the biggest mistake I want him back so bad totally gutted

My dog "Lucy" is an Australian Shepherd and that was the same problem we had. Most of the time she took me for a walk. Broke many leashes.

Your not alone. I gave my dogs away for a job and I have been crying for 2 1/2 weeks. I couldn't stop them from peeing on everything. And now i have a broken heart.

I am so sorry...
I know how you feel! :'(
Our puppy Peanut wasn't house trained, ad she barked sometimes.
But she is really nice!
unfortunately our busy schedule just cant keep her the way she deserves.
So my mom is trying to find a home for her right now! My Grandma might have found someone, and she came just a bit ago to take her home and try and see if it will work, and I am already bawling my eyes out!!! I miss her sooooooooo much!!! D':

Thank you. I still miss them. They will always be in my heart. I still cry when I think about them. I drive a truck for a living and I think they are better off running in a yard. Just keep in mind when you have such a busy schedule that you really are doing the best thing for your dog. My thoughts are with you. Sincerely jeannie

Did your grandma find a home for peanut

I can identify with our story. I had the most handsome 6 month beagle perfect dog, and unfortunately we had to sell him, I have kids and don't have a backyard and was getting too stressful for me, it wasn't the dog, it was me. But he was great and now I miss him everyday. I know he went to a good home, but I just wish I would of kept him, my son ask for him everyday, and I feel horrible. I think it was the biggest mistake ever.

I know Jake has gone on to better things but I can't get rid of this horrible feeling of grief I've lost my best friend Jaky and i feel sick with sadness. Please give me your opinion.

I just wanted to add that from other peoples stories they have said it was absolitely impossible for them to keep their dog what makes it worse is when I think about it I know we could of made it work somehow we would of struggled but we would of made it work but at the same time I think i had become lazy and was walking Jake less and less I was depriving the dog of his biggest daily
need exercise. I know where he was gone he will be loved well fed and exercised and also he even has a canine friend a one year old female Staffordshire Bull Terrier

I am so heartbroken,two days ago we rehomed our 3 year old Staffordshire Bull Terrier Jake. Our new house is a lot smaller than our old one and we now have a 5 week old baby. Me and my girlfriend were finding it harder because of the lack of space and struggling with the dog and the baby it was causing arguments between us so after a really hard time we decided it would be best for Jake and us if we found him a loving new home. So 2 days ago he went with a young couple with a female staff. I know deep down I done the right thing and he will a better life with his new family but it's so hard it's cut me apart I can't stress to you how much we love Jake. Nothing feels the same without him i feel so empty and alone i have lost my best friend. He was such a great loving obedient dog who loved everyone and everything he never had a bad bone in his lit tle body. Did I do the right thing? I would appreciate feedback and other peoples stories. Thank you.

feels the same I feel so emptu and lonely I've

I had a beautiful chihuahua her name was chiquita and I had the same expirence as most of you she was peeing every were and riping everything and my mom was very angry because she was destroying the whole
Entire house so I was forced to give her away but luckly I gave her away to a family friend but I cried soooo much because she was like my baby she loved me so much every time I would leave her site she would cry i am so upset but I understood my mom I would not of liked her to be destroying my things but I still really miss her :'(

In 2012 I lost my job and my apartment and then i was living in my car with my 2 year old dog. I could'nt provide for her or even myself and it was so unfair to her to be hungry or cold because i had to be. So finally i forced myself to take her to a no kill shelter and i miss her and wonder about her life now everyday I hope i did what was best for her. My life is better now and i hope hers is happy and full of love too

Touching story thanks for shareing you did the right thing for your dog

I guess i had to learn my lesson, as i now understand people better...before when i went to pet shelter i used to think in my mind with prejudgement about the people that gave their dogs i know they probably went through similar feeling like i a way i grew with this i think...but still i miss that sweetie very much...

Thanks for sharing. To me happened the same. i was overwhelmed. It was gonna be my second dog...and in the beginning i had trouble getting used, even though she was gorgeous...The smell changed in th entire house, it was a strong smell, she peed and pooed everywhere even though she was 2 years and they sayed she was clean. so that came like a surprise, then she wasnt beeing so friendly to my dog and nobody of my friends and family kept me strong, they all sad i was crazy to get a second i gave up...i regret it at the end so much and feel like a bad person! i have never felt like this before..i cried and wanted her back but they refused. a pet protection organization..they said you had your chance and you blew it after just one day of returning! unbelieveable!!!i
it is definately a leeson that i learned. think twice before you tell someone to go....and it is true, we r not self centered and have to stop hating ourselves for it...we were just overwhelmed and nobody there to help....with my first dog my ex told me there is no turning back it is our dog i am thankful for his strict attitude back then. thanks to him i still have my dog, he is 6 years. dont know why i didnt make it with my second dog..maybe one day i will get another chance...i hope ....:'(

Thanks for sharing. To me happened the same. i was overwhelmed. It was gonna be my second dog...and in the beginning i had trouble getting used, even though she was gorgeous...The smell changed in th entire house, it was a strong smell, she peed and pooed everywhere even though she was 2 years and they sayed she was clean. so that came like a surprise, then she wasnt beeing so friendly to my dog and nobody of my friends and family kept me strong, they all sad i was crazy to get a second i gave up...i regret it at the end so much and feel like a bad person! i have never felt like this before..i cried and wanted her back but they refused. a pet protection organization..they said you had your chance and you blew it after just one day of returning! unbelieveable!!!i
it is definately a leeson that i learned. think twice before you tell someone to go....and it is true, we r not self centered and have to stop hating ourselves for it...we were just overwhelmed and nobody there to help....with my first dog my ex told me there is no turning back it is our dog i am thankful for his strict attitude back then. thanks to him i still have my dog, he is 6 years. dont know why i didnt make it with my second dog..maybe one day i will get another chance...i hope ....:'(

Why so many people gave their dog away here? Pls....think carefully before u adopt or having a pet....having it and giving them away will hurt his/ her's feeling....Before having a pet, u must think carefully and do some reasearch regarding which breed nature will suits u and ur family, you also must hv mental prepared with ur time, ur money and dealing with their poops. Once u decided to bring him or her home, no matter how, taking care of them till the end of their lifes is your responsibility...

I agree you shouldt just give up on your pet ive had pet dogs all my life but sometimes if your circumstances change and you can no longer give you dogs the best life I feel its kinda to rehome no one on this site ive seen has no feelings they trying to come to terms with there tough and very painful decision

Hi, Iet me share my experience. I sold my dog because I lost my job and felt Iit was going to be hard to buy his food and vet costs. I also feel I was not giving him enough attention. It was my first pet. I began to feel very sad after a couple of days and tried to contact the person I sold him to but he never answered the phone so I went to the neighborhood he said he lived in, and began asking the neighbors if they knew the person and all my efforts were in vain. I walked the whole neoghborhood for 4 days, asking everyone, that´s how desperate I was. I intended to give the man twice as much the amount he paid me. I now realize that I was giving him quality time and good food but because of my inexperience with pets, I thought I wasn´t. Also losing my job left me stressed. I dream with Zeus, my Malinois very often and if I can´t see him again I plan on buying another one from the same breeder. Lesson learned, only sell or give away a dog if it´s virtually impossible for you to take care of him. I fell guilty and bad. Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences, I learned a lot here. If you can´t have your dog anymore, give it to someone who you know will take care of him well.

Please don't go to a breeder. there are so many malinois who like yours were purchased and wound up in a shelter. It is not fair to support breeding new dogs when so many fine rescues are available. Please google Malinois Rescue in your area. THere will be one waiting for you to provide his forever home. This will make you feel better about giving your dog up too

thank you for the advice. I didn't think of that possibility before.

Hi. I'm jasmine. I'm 11 years old and I have a golden Labrador called Belle who is only 1 years old. Before I got her, I always begged for a golden lab. At Christmas I finally got one. I started crying with happiness! Me and Belle had the closest bond. I did everything with her. But the problem was, she was really naughty. We kept her for a year. 2 months later (today) my mum sat me down and told me that we were going to have to rehome her. I think because I'm such a young age it has been a bit harder for me. I started crying straight away and throwing stuff, I just felt so angry. I didn't have anything to eat. I still havnt. I ran to my dog and stayed with her, stroking her and crying almost all day. She seemed so happy, I just don't want her to go. I then went upstairs and locked myself in the bathroom for a while. I just don't know how I'm gunna handle it when she's gone. I have already told my mum that I want to kill myself, so I think she will be worried about me. I don't want to die, but I don't want to live without belle. It should be me moving out of the house first, and she would be coming with me, not her going out of the house before me and us never seeing each other again. I think I am going to be suffering depression for a long, long time now :'(

Today I had to give away my new puppy who is absolutely gorgeous and I feel like I've already become attached to him. He always knew where to go to the toilet and was so soft and never hurt anyone. He played with all the dogs and lived to please people. I was decanted today, I found out that he has a major heart problem, and the place I bought him from failed to see this problem. I was told he would live one, maybe two years at best. I had no choice but to take him back. I have 3 other animals (one is a dog) and my family could not bear to get more attached to this dog only for our hearts to be more broken when he died only a year later. I cannot stop crying because to see a tiny puppy having such a short life devastates me, and he was such a good beautiful dog. I miss him so much already.

I don't want to sound horrible here but if that dog only has two years to live (maybe) why would you take him back?
You could of given him a great 2 years of his life but now he could end up with owners that don't really care too much and his 2 years could be horrible for him.
Sorry but i find this quite selfish of you.