sidebar

July 3, 2010

Rehoming your Pet & Ways to Avoid Having to do it!

Filed under: Health — Jenny @ 2:36 pm

Our pets rely on us for their every need and in return they provide us with unconditional love.  It’s important that you make every effort to keep your pet with you. Rehoming a pet is a difficult decision and all avenues should be explored before trying to find a new home for your pet.

Many problems can be solved simply by contacting your veterinarian. New behavior issues may be a sign of a medical condition and should be looked into before trying to rehome your pet.

If you are moving, look for pet-friendly housing. If you’re concerned about the cost of an additional pet-related deposit, consider having a garage sale or selling items on ebay to cover the cost. You’re moving, so you might as well get rid of some of that old stuff!

In the military and being deployed? There are organizations that can help you!

FosterMilitaryPets.com
Military Pets Foster Project
OperationNobleFoster.org
MilitaryPets.org

These organizations work to find temporary foster homes for the pets of deployed military personnel until they return home. If you are being deployed, contact these groups asap!

Allergies. If allergies have become a problem for you or your child, consult your doctor about ways to prevent symptoms. Shots or allergy medications can be highly effective. Other ways to reduce symptoms include regularly cleaning and vacuuming your house, bathe and groom your pet more regularly or have your pet professionally groomed, and use allergen-reducing cleaning products, carpet cleaners, and shampoos. Consider purchasing an air filtration system. A sure fire way to help reduce allergy symptoms is to always keep your pet off your bed and completely out of the bedroom!

Behavior Problems. If your pet is exhibiting any new “bad” behaviors, consult your veterinarian. Your pet may have a medical condition. Your veterinarian will likely be able to diagnose the problem and treat or offer solutions for the behavior issues.

If there is absolutely no way you can keep your pet, plan early to ensure they get the best possible chance of finding a home.

  • Contact all your friends and family to see if they can adopt your pet. This is a good option as you’ll likely be able to visit your pet in the future.
  • Spread the word on facebook, myspace, etc. Ask people to cross-post.
  • Consider posting on craigslist, but be very careful when screening potential adopters.
  • Ask your co-workers. If you’re allowed, send a companywide email asking for help.
  • Ask your veterinarian if she knows any clients looking for a new pet. Ask if you can post a sign at the clinic. Ask other area vets if you can do the same.
  • Be sure to carefully screen any potential adopters that you don’t know. Ask about declawing, if your pet will be kept indoors or out, etc.
  • Search a list of no-kill rescue groups and shelters in your state and surrounding states to see if any have space for your pet(s). http://www.nokillnetwork.org/
  • Rescue groups may be willing to put a courtesy posting on their website. You’ll be responsible for screening, but you’ll likely get a bigger audience of potential adopters than you would on your own.

Download our Rehoming Flier.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

header
menu1
menu1
menu2
menu2
menu3
menu3
menu4
menu4
menu5
menu5
menu6
menu6
menu6
lost
blog
more
lost
blog
more
menu4
don
volunteer
foster
don
volunteer
foster
menu3
available
special
process
available
special
process
menu2
aboutus
mission
contact
aboutus
mission
contact