Rehoming Your Pet

The following is a shortened version of our rehoming information. Read the entire section here: Rehoming Your Pet.pdf

We know that arriving at the decision to re-home your pet is not an easy one. But if circumstances leave you with no choice it is very important to find a good home that will provide the love, care and attention that your pet needs and deserves and that will be a good match for his/her personality. Here are some tips:

If you have time you can select the new home for your pet. We do not recommend advertising your pet in local newspapers or on the internet unless you are willing to do a thorough phone screening and home visit for each person who expresses an interest in your pet.

Beware, there are unscrupulous people who search newspaper ads and the internet to find pets so they can sell them to research facilities, dog fighting rings, etc.

First, talk to people you know- friends, relatives, and co-workers-to see if they would be interested in adopting your pet. If you purchased the dog/cat from a breeder, contact the breeder. Most reputable breeders will take the animal back.

Create a flyer about your pet. Also create a written Agreement.

Post the flyer at your veterinarian’s office, local shelters and other pet related businesses. Don’t forget to ask for permission.

Once contacted we advise that you arrange and perform and introductory visit. If the potential adopter is not already known to you, do not go alone. Observe how the pet and the family interact and ask questions to determine if the new family have the time, resources and experience to care for your pet. Also check the home and yard for suitability and cleanliness.

Do not place your pet in a new home if the home is not suitable. Sign an agreement and provide them with your pet’s veterinary records, bed, supplies, and any medications taken by your pet. Notify your veterinarian, the microchip company (if the pet is chipped) and Animal Services (if licensed) that the pet has a new owner.

If you are too short on time, unable or unwilling to follow these guidelines then we suggest you take your pet to a local shelter. You will surrender the pet to them and they will select the new home. Call first to determine if they have room for your pet. Provide the shelter with the pet’s veterinary records,medications and important information. A relinquishment fee or donation request is common. The shelter staff work hard to provide good care for your pet while they reside there, and to find them a good new home.

We hope this information is useful and will help guide you in finding the perfect new home for your pet! Read the entire section here: Rehoming Your Pet.pdf

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