Shock and horror don't adequately describe the reactions that most people would have to this dad's behavior. While the ending revealed a truth that isn't quite as terrible, it's still a situation that occurs all too often. According to the ASPCA, approximately 7.3 million pets are surrendered to animal shelters each year. While about two-thirds of those enter the shelter as strays, just under 2.5 million are relinquished. Unfortunately, a mere 37 percent of those pets are adopted by new owners. People most often cited moving and housing issues, having too many pets and cost when surrendering a dog or cat. While life is never predictable, making a responsible decision about adopting a pet is key before actually bringing a new companion home.