what to do if you need to re-home your pet or dog

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 Re-home your Pet or dog

what to do if you need to re-home your pet or dog

Making a decision to re-home your pet is very difficult but if re-homing is the only the option you have, this handout provides resources that will offer alternatives to surrendering to a shelter. The majority of animals find their homes through
private individuals, not animal shelters, and by keeping your animal out of the shelter you not only minimize their stress, you actually help the shelter save more homeless animals in need. If you are dedicated and creative you can find a home for your animal. Best of all, you can make sure that the adopter meets your qualifications and your animals' needs.

We strongly recommend that you set your animal up for success before you start the re-homing process!
Please make sure your dog or cat is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, and has had a recent veterinary exam. All potential adopters should feel comfortable that they are adopting a healthy animal or are made aware of any concerns ahead of time!

- promoting your pet
The following web sites will allow you to post your animals on their web sites. Please visit each site independently to read their rules and regulations:
- rescueme
- battresume 

furry friends rescue and animal friends rescue project also allow individual owners to bring their dogs to pet adoption fairs. Please visit their websites for locations and qualifications.
For a more extensive list of purebred rescue organizations, please visit

You can also do individual searches for the breed you are trying to place.
We recommend that if you are considering working with a rescue organization, make sure that they are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. You can confirm any organization’s non-profit status at. Don't be afraid to ask questions and to ask for references from local shelters or veterinarians. Any reputable rescue organization will be glad that you care! The animal welfare organizations listed on our resource webpage are groups we have either worked with in the past or have been recommended by our partners.

- a picture  is worth 1,000 words
Remember that with all postings, pictures are key! Full body shots of your pet are great, but make sure that potential adopters can connect with your pet’s eyes. We recommend leaving people out of the photo.

If possible, provide multiple photos and/or videos of your pet. Make sure to showcase your pets best
attribute; if he or she is super-cuddly, post a photo with a stuffed animal. If your pet is athletic and loves to play, post a photo of them with their ball, swimming, hiking, etc.!

Social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook are a great way to spread the word that your pet is in the need of a new home. Post the message to everyone you know with video and pictures. Enlist your friends to spread the word!



Don’t forget to also reach out to everyone that's already in your pet’s inner circle: veterinarians,
groomers, neighbors, dog park buddies, and pet sitters are often anxious to help a friend in need. In fact, you would be surprised how often we get calls from neighbors wanting to adopt animals that were surrendered to us! Your dog or cat may already have admirers nearby who would be willing to open their home to your pet.
Consider placing a classified ad in your local paper or posting an ad on Craig's List at 
So that they provide free listing services for those who need to return their dog and have experienced counselors available as a free resource for dog owners.
Publish ads in every spot you can! Most veterinary offices, pet stores, and feed stores have bulletin boards with space designated for this purpose. many employers, gyms, grocery stores, libraries, and community centers have bulletin boards as well. Leave tabs with your phone number so that people can contact you without having to remove the entire flyer. purchase an “adopt me vest” or make your own and make sure your dog wears it every time he or she is out in public! Go to places where you are likely to connect with other dog lovers, i.e. dog parks, popular hiking trails, pet stores, feed stores, etc. visit chewy or petsmart
to purchase an adopt me a vest for a
reasonable price.

SCREENING POTENTIAL ADOPTERS
Once you have an adopter interested, we recommend that you screen that person carefully to ensure your pet finds a loving, permanent home.

Check out the donation request for your favorite animal society by asking them Or "forwarding" fees to help ensure that your dog or cat is in safe hands. Never give your animal away free for someone you do not know!
It is very important that everyone in the family wants a new pet, you have a chance to meet your dog or your cat, and that everyone reacts with him and accepts him. If your pet is not comfortable with your members, request another meeting. If potential adopters rent a house, make sure that the lease has a legal text for permitted pets.
Other questions are possible:
Do they have enough time for your dog or cat?
Do they have the means to provide lifelong care? What is their old history with pets? 
Can they Provide the training needed by your pet?
What other animals in the home and are they compatible with your pet?

 Does any member of the family have any other allergies or health concerns? Do not be afraid to ask questions Potential adoption of a personal reference or a signal from your veterinarian. Any individual is willing to take care of your pet dog as much as you understand and care about your interests,
Make an initial meeting with the single-minded housewives so you do not feel uncomfortable if it's not a good match.

 If you want to proceed with the adoption process, we recommend that ask for the delivery of your pet to his new home. By connecting your animal, you can make sure that the information matches what you have been told, and that it is a safe and comfortable place.

Follow-up is an important part of any adoption. Let your favorite animal know that you will contact him within a few days to rest assured and see if he has any questions. The adopter will feel This will give you more confidence.

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