Read about the most common problems pet owners face and possible solutions. Learn tips on how to find a new home for your pet without having to bring your cat or dog into a shelter.
Their nationally recognized team of animal behaviorists offers possible solutions to a wide range of issues at no charge. With their easy-to-use database, you’ll receive step-by-step advice – without leaving home. Visit their virtual website on the bottom of the page.
2. If you need temporary or long-term boarding, there are many options in your community. There are boarding facilities with a wide range of prices, and many veterinary clinics and hospitals now offer short-term and long-term boarding too.
3. If you are moving, it is now relatively easy to safely transport animals to your new home. Please do not surrender an animal just because you think it is a hassle to transport him or her to a new location.
4. If you are moving to a new apartment, it is not difficult to find apartment communities that allow companion animals. Before signing a new lease, ensure that your animal(s) will be welcome, or look for new housing! *On the bottom of
this page there is list of 100’s of pet friendly apartments for rent, nationwide.
Do NOT be naive, though. Your pet loves and trusts you and this will be a terrible setback both emotionally and physically for him/her. Because your pet sees you as his/her family, this IS a betrayal…even though in the long run it may be for the best.
Petfinders will post your pet on their website and also give you a comprehensive list of tips for finding a home for your pet.
Take some good color photos. Focus on illustrating your pets most adorable qualities and her favorite activities. If your dog is crazy about fetching, for example, take a picture of her happily posing with her favorite ball.
- Put up posters and fliers at pet stores, dog daycares, dog parks, veterinary clinics, boarding facilities and pet grooming salons. Be sure to include your telephone number or e-mail address so that interested parties can easily reach you.
- Make a bandana or a t-shirt for your dog that says, “Adopt me!” Then you can take her on walks to show her off. Go to outdoor cafés, parks where
people walk dogs and other areas with high foot traffic.
- Place an ad in your local newspaper. Include the best photo of your dog and your written description of her. When people see the ad and contact you, screen applicants carefully.
- Charge a fee! Unless you’re placing your dog with a friend or relative, charge an adoption fee. Doing so is likely to discourage anyone with malicious intentions. If an individual wants to adopt your dog for the right reasons, a nominal fee should not deter him or her.
Here is a list of organizations that provide financial assistance for pet owners in need. Each organization has its own rules and guidelines, so explore their web sites before applying. Some are listed nationwide, and some are listed alphabetically by state.
NOTICE: If your animal requires emergency veterinary care and you cannot afford treatment, click here to contact groups or veterinary schools that may help. If you are unsure what qualifies as emergency veterinary care, call your veterinarian and describe the symptoms.
Many pets are murdered by human hands or used as bait for dog fighters who force other animals to kill your beloved pet. Because of the anonymity of the internet, these people are never caught and go on to kill again.
Only one out of every 4 animals that ends up in a shelter is adopted, meaning over 75 percent die on a cold metal table having spent the last few days of their lives terrified behind bars, wondering when their family is coming back.
10. What NOT to Do
Do not take your dog or cat to a neighborhood, wooded area or park and “set her free.”
Between 9 and 11 MILLION animals die every year in shelters and only you can stop it.
- Surrendering Pets: Options To Help Keep Pets At Home
- The TRUTH About KILL SHELTERS
- Things You Should Know About Shelters – written by a Shelter Manager
- The Scary Truth About “Free To A Good Home” Dog Classifieds
- Things To Know Before Surrendering Your Pet To A Rescue Group
- Surrendering Your Pet by Last Chance Rescue