I just watched a programme about dogs being handed over to new families, because their previous owners for some reason or another couldn't have them anymore. It was so sad to see this owner parting with his dog. This one moved from his parents and into a new apartment, and none of them could have the dog (a cairn terrier). Then he could choose between two families, where the dog would get a new home.
I have been reluctant to watch the show, and of course I ended up in tears.
I am not sure about my own opinion about giving dogs away in a tv-show, but it was not a show with an audience in studio. The dogs visited the two potential families for a day, and the dog was watched by a professional dog-therapist. Besides it has been worse to let down a young and healthy dog, so I feel rather indecisive about this way.
What is your opinion? And no, I don't ask because I have to give Molly away, she is safe and sound where she is. I cuddled her a little extra after and during the show.