Based on our polling of shelters, and rescues, these are the most common behaviors that prevent dogs from being adopted;
Overall, the primary reasons for re-homing were pet problems (46%). The most common individual pet-related reasons were aggression (35%), destruction (29%) and health problems (26%).
What might have helped pet retention? Free or low cost training or behavioral help (34%).
The two most common reasons for euthanasia are behavior and medical issues.
FROM KENNELS TO HOMES wants to help these dogs, prior to adoption, so we lessen the chances of them being returned.
Funding: With the cost of housing, veterinary care, food, and essentials, there are simply no funds left over for behavior help. Therefore these dogs will remain at shelters or rescues for months or even years.
Lack of behavior expertise: Unfortunately the funds are not there to staff an experienced behavior specialist. Most experienced trainers/behaviorists will not work for non-profit wages.
Time: Caring for these dogs requires so much time and energy. There is always a dog to be fed, a dog to be walked, a dog that needs vet care, etc. Taking individual time for a single dog is very difficult because there are not enough hours in the day.
So these poor dogs will live in kennels rather than being allowed to be happy, confident, or have a chance at a loving home. It is heartbreaking