Why do people give up their pets?

Why do people abandon their animals? A data visualization.

why do people abandon their animals

Why do people abandon their animals?

It’s heartbreaking when people give up their pets and it’s helpful to know why they do. Let’s try and use this data to better answer the problem. Data for this article was gathered in part from a study by the ASPCA.

The most common reasons pets are re-homed.

Where do re-homed pets most commonly go?

What factors would have helped a home keep their pets?

Interesting facts

  • There were no differences between cats and dogs in why people abandon their animals.
  • Households making less than 50k a year were much more likely to re-home because of cost and housing issues as opposed to pet-related issues.
  • Households making more than 50k were more likely to re-home based on pet-related issues (behavior and dogs not getting along.)
  • Those who rented their apartment instead of owned listed housing problems as their number one reason for re-homing.

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