Everyone thought at least once about adopting a rescued dog and some of the people know even a lot more about the process of the adoption and everything that it takes to adopt a dog.
However, not many people think even further about the things that happen to dogs that do not get adopted – or even to the unadoptable dogs.
What exactly does happen to dogs that are not adopted? Is there anything that can be done?
These are just some of the questions surrounding the topic and, in this article, we will discuss unadoptable dogs, their situation, but also the solution for unadoptable dogs – so keep on reading!
What is a Dog Sanctuary?
As the name tells it – the sanctuary is a place where animals, in this situation dogs, are brought to live and stay protected for the rest of their lives.
Remember how we mentioned that there are unadoptable dogs? Dog sanctuary is a place that is ideal for dogs that cannot be adopted and yet are still able to live and fully experience life.
So, what is the difference between a dog sanctuary and a dog shelter?
The main difference is that dog sanctuaries do not seek for individuals to adopt the dog and yet they fully take care of the dog until its natural death.
Therefore, dog sanctuary is one of the noblest things out there that genuinely appreciate dogs. However, this is not always the situation and as you can imagine – there are costs to cover when it comes down to this model.
But one question remains – why are there dogs that are unadoptable and how does this happen? Keep on reading as that is exactly what I will cover and help provide answers to!
Why Are There Dogs That Are Unadoptable?
What is the difference between adoptable and unadoptable dogs? Is there really such a dog that no one can adopt or is willing to adopt?
I know that this can sound impossible, but unfortunately – there are unadoptable dogs out there and these dog sanctuaries are doing the best they can for them.
Most dogs that are unadoptable are unadoptable for either medical, emotional, or mental issues. Most of the time, age also plays an important part in whether a dog can be adopted or not.
As we all know, younger dogs have a lot bigger chance to overcome an issue rather than older dogs.
However, even some senior dogs are not giving up and they can really improve over time. So, if you ever see a senior dog in the shelter, you should definitely consider adopting a senior dog.
They have a lot to offer and yet shelter life is really hard on them. In general, shelter life is hard for every dog – but it is always harder for senior dogs.
So, what happens with unadoptable dogs? Is a dog sanctuary the last thing they have? Keep on reading as that is exactly what I will discuss next!
What Happens with Unadoptable Dogs?
As you can see, we have been mentioning dog sanctuary as the ideal place for unadoptable dogs. However, is there a better solution, or what happens when there is no available dog sanctuary?
In case you did not know, dog shelters and rescue organizations are often overcrowded and are struggling with finding capacity for new dogs.
Now, you can imagine the situation in dog sanctuaries, especially considering that there are many fewer sanctuaries than shelters for dogs.
And in case you didn’t know, some dog shelters tend to use euthanasia as the tool to free up space – which is a cruel way to end a dog’s life only because they weren’t able to find him a happy home.
So, for dogs that are unadoptable and make it to the dog sanctuary – that is really the most ideal situation that can happen.
Unfortunately, I believe that many other unadoptable dogs don’t make it to dog sanctuaries and are put to sleep as the shelter isn’t able to give them up for adoption and yet there might not be a dog sanctuary to accept them.
This is the downside of the whole system that is put in place – but there is a way to work on this issue and improve the conditions to prevent this from happening further.
How and what should you do? Keep on reading to find out!
Is There are Better Solution for Unadoptable Dogs?
Dog sanctuaries are one of the best things that could have happened to unadoptable dogs – but is there a better solution?
I personally do not think that there is a better solution as a dog sanctuary is a perfect way to house and take care of the dogs while giving allowing them to still live their life to the fullest without any limitations.
Even though they might not have a happy family, they will still be taken care of and they will have someone they will get used to in the sanctuary.
Of course, not a single system is perfect and so dog sanctuaries are not, but I believe that the biggest issue is the funding.
However, if everyone donated even the smallest amount to dog sanctuaries, shelters, and rescue organizations – the system would be strong, and it would be fail-free.
Even though there are unadoptable dogs, there are still ways to help them have a good life regardless of their condition.
Unadoptable dogs most of the time come from an awfully bad background and they have been through hell. Even though they are unadoptable – some people care about them and that’s how dog sanctuaries started.
Dogs would do everything for us and if there’s at least one little thing we can do for them – it is to take care of them even when they’re in a really bad emotional, mental, or physical condition (when they need help the most).
Dog shelters, rescue organizations, and sanctuaries are underfunded and are constantly struggling to keep their doors open – but if everyone donated even the smallest amount, this would help lower the financial burden of the institutions that take care of the dogs.
What are your thoughts about dog sanctuaries? Do you feel the are necessary? I would like to hear what you think. You may leave your questions and comments in the section below and I will be happy to respond.
All the best,
Founder/Creator: Love A Rescue Dog 🐶
“Saving one animal won’t change the world, but for that one animal, the world changes forever”