Rehoming a Pet
Pets are for life. They deserve our very best efforts to keep them in the family. In return for their endless love, they count on us to always be there to care for them. Pets do not understand life's bumps in the road that sometimes lead to their rehoming. We cannot explain to them why they may need to relocate. For this reason, pet rehoming should never be an easy solution to any dilemma. If all other options have been considered and rehoming is absolutely the only answer for you, please be reasonable and responsible.
Possible Reasons for Rehoming
If you've come into a difficult situation with your pet, please consider all other humane options first. Keeping your pet in the home to which he is accustomed with the family she loves is what is most fair. Listed below are some common reasons for rehoming a pet and some other possible solutions.
Allergies – Visit your doctor to be sure the pet is the cause for the allergies. Consider allergy shots or other medications. Clean the house and bathe and groom the pet more regularly to reduce pet hair and dander. Keep your pet out of your bedroom. Wash your hands after petting your pet. Use allergen reducing cleaning products and shampoos. Purchase an air filtration system.
Behavior Problems – Consult with a pet behaviorist and your
veterinarian. Make sure you have your pet spayed/neutered. Take your pet to obedience school. Exercise your pet often to burn excess energy. Be consistent with his training, behavior modification, and exercise regimen. Purchase D.A.P./Feliway pheromone collars and/or plug-ins to help calm your pet.
Pregnancy/Having a Baby - The risk of toxoplasmosis contracted from animal feces during pregnancy is still a major reason why many cats are put up for rehoming. The truth is that inadequately cooked meat is the main risk factor for infection with toxoplasmosis. Contact with a cat’s feces has been found to be a very low-risk factor. The basic rules of hygiene should naturally be observed, and to be absolutely safe, rubber gloves should be worn when cleaning litter boxes, or get a non-pregnant member of the household to take litter duty. Keep the cat's vaccinations current and ensure kitty is regularly dewormed and treated for fleas. If simple, sensible precautions are taken and proper introductions are made, there should be no need to consider rehoming your pet due to the arrival of a baby either. Indeed, having a pet in the family can be of immense benefit to the child's development, allowing them to form an early bond with an animal, to learn to respect and care for the pet, and to lay a lifelong foundation of love for animals.
Moving - Moving domestically with your cat is relatively easy! If you will need to rent your new home, check out these 13 Steps to Finding Animal-Friendly Rental Housing. Moving is not a reason why you must automatically rehome your pet.
Pet Expenses – It is expensive to have a pet. Keep this in mind when you are tempted to take a “free to good home” pet or purchase a pet that has had no vet work done. Unaltered pets will produce more pets and your expenses will continue to rise. Adopt shelter pets that have had their vet work completed. Many are purebred, have had some obedience training, and are fully vetted. If you cannot afford to get your current pets altered, please contact PETS for assistance. We are sometimes able to offer low-cost spay/neuter for low-income families.
If You Must Rehome Your Pet
If all else fails to keep the pet in your home, PLAN EARLY. Many shelters and rescues can work to find your dog a new home if you let them know as soon as possible. Many times people looking for a dog may prefer a dog that has been in a home over one that was a stray. Also, they can include you in adoption events where you can bring your dog to help find a new owner.
First, look at close family and friends.
First look to your circle of trusted friends, family members and coworkers. Are any of them willing to give your cat a loving and responsible home?
Contact your vet.
Your vet may be able to give you direction as to how to find a home for your pet in your local area.
Adopt your pet out yourself.
We strongly encourage you to charge a fee for your dog. There are many very bad people out there who will want your pet to sell to animal testing facilities or dog fighting rings (to use as bait). Greedy, evil people who do this are looking for a free dog. They are typically not interested in dogs for which they must pay. That is why an adoption fee will screen out most of these bad people.
Even with an adoption fee, though, some of these people may still want your dog. They will make it seem as though they are genuine when in fact they will quickly turn over your pet to another individual for money. This is why it is important that you make it clear that you intend to follow-up and stay involved in the dog's life.
Contact other Rescues.
You can search for other German Shepherd Rescues in your area by going to
Petfinder.com and clicking on the "Animal Shelter" link. Some rescues will post a photo of your pet to their website and even Petfinder.com.
Contact a shelter.
Please be aware that some shelters will euthanize your pet after a certain amount of time if it is not adopted.
It is NEVER acceptable to let the pet go somewhere outside (such as beside the highway or on someone's doorstep), leave him in an abandoned house, list it as “free to good home,” give away to the first person willing to take the pet off your hands, or anything else that involves the strong possibility of a bad home or injury to the pet.
PLEASE KEEP IN MIND. There are never enough homes or rescues for those pets being surrendered by their owners. The long-term solution involves the spaying and neutering of all pets and owners understanding that a pet is a lifetime commitment.
NEVER list your pet as
“free to a good home.”
Your beloved pet might be sold to a testing facility or used as bait
for dog fighting!