Rehoming your Pet or Stray:
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Each year approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter shelters: 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Because many shelters are continuously overcrowded, more than 1.5 million of these animals will be euthanized: 670,000 dogs and 860,000 cats are euthanized.
When you surrender a pet to a shelter, their fate is completely unknown. Some pets spend months, to years in a shelter, waiting to be adopted. Oftentimes, the stress of being in a shelter can change a pet’s personality, making it more difficult (and sometimes impossible) for them to be adopted.
Finding a new home for your pet through responsible rehoming is a better solution than surrendering your pet because it allows you to be sure that your pet goes to a good home and their fate is completely within your control.
During your efforts to rehome your pet/stray, keep it at your home if possible. Take to a shelter or rescue as last resort.
1. How to make your pet more attractive to potential adopters.
* Have your pet/stray vaccinated and wormed. If possible, have a vet give it a wellness check. If the animal has not been spayed or neutered also have this done. Potential adopters prefer healthy pets who have up-to-date vaccines and are neutered/spayed. Many shelters and some veterinarian clinics offer specials for these services, so it is worth checking around,
2. Advertising your pet/stray.
* Networking through friends, neighbors, family and work associates is the best way to do this.
* Posting your rehoming information on social media, such as Facebook and/or lost and found animal sites and local shelter sites is a good start. These are free and you can always ask people to share to get the word out. Remember a nice photo and description of your pet/stray can make the pet appealing to potential adopters. Your personal network is the best pool of adopters for your pet/stray.
* Ask your veterinarian if you can post your Ad on their notice board in their waiting area.
* Make a flyer and check with local schools, offices, churches and grocery stores as well as other public places, ask if you can pin to their notice boards. Make sure the flyer has a good quality, appealing photo, as well as the age (if known) and a little history including shots, fixed etc.
3. Potential Adopters.
* Be transparent with potential adopters regarding your pet/stray’s personality.
* Tell them how the pet/stray gets along with other animals, children and people.
* Explain to them your pet’s favorite things to do and also any bad habits and not-so- favorite things.
* Share medical history and if any ongoing medical problems.
4. Getting Help
* Contact local shelters and rescue groups. Some may post your pet’s picture and profile on their website as a courtesy listing.
* Ask local shelters about any programs available to help you rehome your pet. Usually, they are very helpful as they appreciate your efforts in trying to rehome your pet/stray.
5. Last Resort:
You may be able to surrender your pet to a local shelter or rescue organization. Each agency has a different process for surrendering a pet/stray. Learn more by visiting their website or by calling ahead.
PLEASE, NEVER ABANDON YOUR PET/STRAY TO FEND FOR ITSELF IN THE STREET OR COUNTRYSIDE