Tips for Re-Homing Pets

Tips for Re-Homing PetsUnfortunately, there are a number of reasons you might have to let a pet go: you’re moving to a place that doesn’t allow pets , you can no longer afford to take care of your pet, behavioral issues, allergies, etc. If these issues can’t be resolved (e.g. getting your new landlords to let pass their pet policy, getting your pet trained for behavioral issues, taking allergy medication, etc.), then perhaps you should re-home your pet.

Should you decide to re-home your pet, the following basic guidelines from the ASPCA should help your search for a new home and make your pet’s transition to its new home smoother.

Preparing For the Search

  • Prepare your pet before getting started (spay or neuter). Also, make sure your pet’s vaccinations are current, and have your pet’s veterinary records handy for the new owner.
  • Snap some color pictures of your pet focusing on the pet’s most adorable qualities and favorite things to do.
  • Prepare a written description about your pet, and discuss why your pet needs a new home.
  • Then, spread the word that you’ve got an available pet for a new home (send e-mails with the photos and description to all your friends, put up posters in your neighborhood at the local pet store or dog park , walk your pet in high traffic areas where it will be seen by other pet owners, etc.),

Choosing the New Home and Owner

  • Interview potential owners and ask them why they’re interested in your pet and how they’ll care for it (where will the pet sleep, stay during the day, activities for the pet, etc). Ask the potential owners for references (employer, landlord) to check on employment and whether it’s okay to have pets where they live.
  • After interviews, invite potential owners to meet your pet in person. Observe how the pet and potential owner interacts.
  • Visit the pet’s potential new home to see what the environment is like and whether it will be a happy and safe place for your pet.
  • If the potential owner has a pet, ask to speak with the pet’s veterinarian to see how the owner cares for it.
  • With potential owners unfamiliar to you, ask them for a re-homing fee to put a value on your pet to see if the person can afford the pet and is willing to do what’s necessary to own a pet. A re-homing fee should also discourage predators who are looking for free pets for a variety of reasons.

The Transition

  • Take your pet to the new owner’s home over a series of visits if possible (for an afternoon, then overnight, and finally permanently) to do the transition. When the pet seems comfortable, the transition can be completed.
  • Make the final handoff as calm and uneventful as possible.
  • Give the new owner all your pet’s toys, favorite snacks, and sleeping items to lend some familiarity to their new home.
  • Also, give the new owner enough pet food to last at least a week. Changing a pet’s food can upset its stomach and cause digestion problems. The switch to a new food should be made gradually.
  • Finally, ask the new owner if you may call in a few weeks to check up on how the pet is doing. This will help ease your mind and the new owner will be aware that you’re following up.

By following the above guidelines, you can make your pet’s transition to its new home smoother and less stressful. Going through this process should also help set you at ease knowing that you made a solid effort to find a good home for your pet.

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Ken Sereno has been a GIS/Marketing Specialist at PennySaver USA for the last 7 years, and is a proud father of two boys and a fan of the USC Trojans. PennySaver USA is California’s leading resource in print, online, and mobile for hyperlocal advertising, local coupons, classifieds, and business listings.

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