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Reasons a dog or cat might be returned to shelter

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The Associated Press | July 24, 2013 05:21 PM EST | AP


Despite the best efforts of shelters to find good homes for pets, about 10 percent of adoptions don't work out and the dogs or cats are returned. Here is a sampling of reasons cited by several shelters for returned pets, ranging from fathomable to far-fetched.

_ Moving or lifestyle changes.

_ Allergies.

_ Lost job, house or loved one.

_ Doesn't get along with other pets.

_ Got too big.

_ Doesn't match the sofa or rug.

_ Golden retriever that liked to swim clogged pool filter.

_ Too time-consuming.

_ Too expensive.

_ Too playful.

_ Too lazy.

_ Loves too much.

_ Not cuddly enough.