Humane Society of Central Illinois

Why Do We Ask So Many Questions?

In our experience, two-thirds of the pets we receive annually are turned in by their owners, which is why it is critical that we help you adopt a pet that meets your family's lifestyle - one that you know how to care for, physically, financially and emotionally - so you will cherish its company for a lifetime!

DID YOU KNOW...

38% of the pets are turned in because they were found by someone.

That is why we ask if you intend to keep your cat indoors and how your dog will be confined to your property.

16% of the pets are turned in by people who are moving, many simply to another apartment where pets are not allowed.

That is why we ask what you plan to do with your pets if you have to move.

13% of the pets are turned in by people who have no time or no room for them.

That is why we ask how many hours a day the animal will be left alone and whether you are a frequent traveler.

9% of the pets are turned in by people who cannot afford to keep them.

That is why we ask how much you expect to spend in a year. Pet care can be costly.

8% of the pets are turned in due to allergies.

Do you know if you or another family member is allergic to that cat you are thinking about? Are you willing to take allergy shots in order to keep the pet?

7% of the pets are turned in because of landlords or lease restrictions.

That is why we insist on speaking with your landlord.

4% of the pets are turned in due to behavioral problems.

Do you know how to potty train a dog? How to train a cat to use a scratching post? Did you know that declawed cats often become biters? Do you know which dogs are often aggressive with strangers or with children? Or that canine obedience classes can eliminate many of the problems cited as reasons for turning in a pet?

Finally, 5% of the pets who are turned in are returns to us after having been adopted here, usually for one of the reasons cited above.

This is why we ask so many questions.

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