These real examples are important reminders that bringing a dog or cat into the family is a huge, life-changing decision. With the right preparation it can be one of the best decisions you ever make.
"People really need to do their research before coming in," Wake County Animal Services director Jennifer Federico told The Dodo. "Be honest about the time that you have to spend with a pet, because that's a big factor in your decision making."
Before adopting, be sure you're ready and excited to spend the next decade or two with your new furry friend, and make sure that every member of the family gets to meet the new pet before they come home. More planning and consideration could have saved these rescues the pain and fear of being adopted only to be brought right back to the shelter.