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.
— 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.