The majority of pet owners abandoned their pets within three months of adopting them, according to a new report from the Pet Adoption Association.
The report, published by the Australian Animal Welfare League, said pet owners are abandoning their furry friends and “focusing on the short-term satisfaction of their personal relationships”.
“It’s a common phenomenon, and it’s been well documented,” the report said.
“A common reason for abandonment is the need to keep up with a pet’s growth, maturity, and personality,” it said.
The association, which represents pet owners and their owners, says that in a country where over 90 per cent of Australians are now reliant on the internet for their information, the adoption rate of pet pets has plummeted.
“In the past five years, the rate of adoption has dropped by almost 30 per cent,” it told Al Jazeera.
“It’s hard to argue with that.”
“A lot of owners are having a hard time financially, which is why it’s hard for them to take a pet home,” it added.’
Pet owners are losing touch with the reality’It said the adoption figures were skewed by people who adopt pets out of convenience and love, or because they think it is a better financial option.
The adoption rate was also reported to be higher in remote areas.
In the report, the association said pet adoption was “a much more complex and personal process than the adoption process for a family or household”.
“There’s a lot of confusion in the adoption industry about the pet adoption process,” it stated.
“People are often unsure what a pet adoption entails, how to apply for a pet, or what to expect in the home.”
Some people believe pet adoption is the best option when it comes to saving money on a pet while keeping a pet close to home.
“It said pet ownership was the number one reason for people leaving their pets behind, with the number of abandoned pets in the US reaching an estimated 100,000.
The US is home to more than a quarter of the world’s pet dogs and cats.
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) said there was a strong correlation between the number and the number who were euthanised.”
The more pets, the more they are euthanased,” ASPCA President John Hoberman said.