The decision to rehome a pet is often a heart wrenching one; having to give up an integral part of your life is not an easy choice. Nevertheless, there are some cases where it is for the greater good. It should be noted that this in no way means that the pet owners do not care, the reverse is often the case. Since it is an incredibly hard decision to carry out, there is no doubt that pet parents out there would appreciate being equipped with information on how to streamline the process altogether. In that vein, here are some tips to making the process a lot more bearable.
Begin the Process Early
As the saying goes, you may delay but time will not. Once you decide to rehome a beloved pet, beating about the bush only makes it worse. Though it may be extremely hard, for the good of you and the pet in question, you need to get right to it. No one knows how long it may take to finally find a suitable place that your pet can call home and as a result of that, the earlier you start, the better it will all end up. Apart from the end result, which is finding a suitable place, there is a lot involved in the actual process.
A suitable home for your pet is not going to materialize out of anywhere; you need to prepare and put things in place that will eventually lead you there. The first of these actions is adequately preparing your pet and they may not understand what is going on so will need to be able to put their best foot forward. Ensure that they are properly groomed, that they are all caught up on their vaccinations and that they are pest free. You should also make sure that they are spayed and neutered. Though this may sound like a lengthy and pricey process, only one part of that is true. Chances are that you will be able to locate a low-cost vaccination as well as a spray and neuter clinic in your area.
Create a Comprehensive Pet Profile
First things first, you need to take a good picture of your pet; in the case that you already have a suitable one, then you can make use of that one too. Make sure your pet looks relaxed, as much as a picture portraying your pet as fearful or depressed can appeal to some, it is more advisable that you show their best side. After dealing with the picture issue, the next step is to pen down a brief yet comprehensive biography. Here, you get to talk them up; listing things like how well your pet gets along with others (humans or animals), any training they may have received, their medical history and even any hobbies they may have.
There are a lot of things you can add here, just think of it as your pet’s CV and have fun with it if you can. While disclosing all this information, you have to make sure that you are totally honest about every single detail. Fibbing or leaving out vital information will only end up stunting your pet’s transition in his/her new home so. As much as you talk them up, also be honest about any major shortcomings they may have. With all this important information at their fingertips, the new owner will be able to deal with your pet adequately and understand them a bit more.
Steer Clear of Personal Ads
This next point cannot be stressed enough; when you are planning to rehome your pet it is highly advisable to avoid personal ads at all costs. It may seem incredibly tempting and even easy, but it could ultimately result in worlds of pain for your beloved pet. The truth is that we live in a sick a depraved world, there are a lot of people out there who honestly do not mean well for human beings and even more so, animals. So, steer clear of using classified platforms to rehome your pet.
There are some very gruesome and sadly true stories involving animals which are advertised on some classified sites. Some of them have ended up being taken in by people who are looking to abuse and neglect them. Some of these individuals turn out to be backyard breeders, owners or patrons of dog-fighting rings and altogether sadists looking to snuff out the joy from every living being. In the same vein, there are equally stories involving black cats and kittens that have been tortured, maimed and even sacrificed by individuals who practice the occult.
Based on these facts alone, there is no doubt that platforms such as these should not be factored in when you are ready to part ways with your pet. Some classified sites are great for a lot of other things, but rehoming your pet is not one of them. There are better ways to go about it that are surprisingly just as easy. Even though they are not, some extra effort is worth it if your pet is going to end up in a better home.
Enlist the Use of Trusted Sites and Trusted People
Now that it has been established that there is a better way to go about sourcing for a new home for your pet, here are some options that may just come in handy. Consider the use of professionally managed pet communities; there are a handful out there. Some well-known sites offer many ways for individuals who are looking to rehome their pets to connect with others who are looking to welcome a furry Little companion into their household. The process is quite meticulous, but it is worth it and will provide you with some much-needed peace of mind. Those sites often provide thorough vetting, a bunch of tips on questions to ask, places you can meet up as well as a comprehensive list of participating veterinarians who are more than willing to give a free exam to your beloved pet. All in all, this provides you with a much safer way to carry out person-to-person adoptions.
Using trusted sites is not the only way to ensure that your pet gets a good home, you can also ask your family members, trusted friends and co-workers, even your local congregation members if they know anyone who is in the market for a pet. Sometimes the solution is right under your nose. You can also converse with other pet parents and people in the pet care industry because chances are, they know a guy who knows a guy.
Further, there are non-profit humane societies as well as animal rescue centers that are willing to accept a courtesy listing for their websites, they can be of great help. You can also engage in some social networking in order to find breed specific sites that could possibly help out.
Carry Out Interviews
Once the word gets out that you are looking to rehome your pet, there is no doubt that applications and referrals will start flowing in. Even when using trusted sources, you will still need to weed out the undesirables before properly meeting up with prospective adopters that appeal to you. Once you are contacted and have made the decision to meet with an individual, it is then time for you to conduct a home visit in order to ensure that your pet is going to a place that is a bit more permanent.
You have to take a whole lot into consideration on this front, first, does the prospective adopter have any experience dealing with and taking care of pets? Also, does he/she have enough space in their home or yard to comfortably keep your pet? Furthermore, are they financially equipped to take care of your pet in the long run? What is even more important is if they have a realistic picture of what it would be like living with your pet. All of these questions and more should be asked in order to ensure that your pet is going to be welcomed not only into a loving home but into one that can properly cater to their needs.
Make Temporary Living Arrangements
The truth of the matter is that things may not always go according to plan and you may need to find a suitable home for your pet even sooner than you thought you would need to. In such a case, the way out is nearer than you think. Consider enlisting the help of those closest to you, be it friends of family members. You never know, they could offer up a safe temporary home for your pet to stay while you look out for a more permanent place for them to call home. It is an extra step in the plan, but it sure beats having no plan at all, so be sure that while you are going through this incredibly hard time that you are vocal about it to the right people though.
In some very special cases, these temporary homes have equally become permanent, but on the other hand, giving your pet to a loved one to hold on to can give you both the peace of mind and the liberty to put all your energy into finding a more suitable home for your pup or kitty. In this vein, endeavor not to hold on too tight when you know the better choice is to let go. As emotional a decision as this is going to be, the best course of action is to use the solid combination of your head and heart to come up with the best decision for your pet.
Giving Your Pet to a Shelter
Once again, it is apt to point out that we live in a world that is quite unfair. At times, pet owners have to face the reality that they will probably not be able to find the right candidate on time and as such the last standing option is giving their pet to an animal shelter. These places are far from being considered as the ‘Doggy Ritz’ but they can provide some much-needed help. It can be quite helpful if your dog was acquired at a shelter, breeder or any form of pet adoption agency that has a clause in their contract stating that you are saddled with the responsibility of returning the pet in the unforeseen case that you cannot keep them. To be honest, these people already know your pet and as such, they have all the information, including some you may not have that can speed up the adoption process.
It can also help to pair your pet with the right family to handle his/her unique needs whatever the case may be. Regardless, if you find that you are unable to find a place for your pet, handing them over to a pet humane society, a rescue or a shelter is probably the best choice you can make. In the case that you are not legally obliged to return your pet to a particular organization, then examine closely all the surrender and adoption policies you can before picking your choice. It would be incredibly useful to know if which ones have advantages over the others when it comes to increasing the chance of your pet’s adoption altogether.
In the very possible case that handing your pet over is not possible, you can still opt to ask if they can help by letting you do anything that could bring more likable candidates to the knowledge that your furry little companion is in the market for a new home. There are so many ways a shelter can help without actually taking your pet from you, this is due to the fact that they have probably helped with rehoming more times than they cared to. As such, any contacts or connections they can provide you will go a long way in ensuring that your pet never has to go through this ordeal again.