So you need to rehome your pet?

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Postby msvette2u » December 27th, 2006, 11:53 pm

So you need to rehome your pet?

First off, think of how many pets are out there already waiting for new homes, in shelters and rescues. And decide if you REALLY need to re-home, or if it's really just a convenience for you.

Behavior problems you may be experiencing with your pet can be addressed with the help of a professional trainer, or sometimes your veterinarian.

Sometimes behavior problems are actually health problems (hip displasia, for instance, or canine cognitive disorder, or even infections in elderly pets). If your dog has suddenly developed some bad habits, check with your vet first and rule out health problems.

Some dogs have unstable temperaments and have displayed aggression, in which case you should not rehome the pet, and, after a check up at your vet to rule out health issues, you may decide that euthanasia is the best and safest option for all concerned.

Please DO NOT give away or adopt out dogs with behavior problems hoping that some kind person will take them in. Bites are all to common and we need to try to prevent them.

If you're moving and think it's going to be too tough to bring along your pet, please go the extra mile, and keep calling around, ask friends for referrals to houses or apartments that allow you to have a pet.

Sometimes you have to pay a deposit to have your pet, but it's worth it to keep your pet as a member of your family.

If, after exhausting all avenues to keep your pet with you, you still believe you must rehome it, please have it altered prior to rehoming.
This will prevent your pet from adding to the problem of pet overpopulation and guarantee it's going to a pet home rather than becoming a potential puppy mill occupant. has a classified area for people such as yourself. It is totally free to post there, but you must ask an adoption fee.
If you have altered your pets and given it all of its vaccinations, you should ask a fee to help cover those costs. $75.00-100 is not an unreasonable adoption fee for a fully vetted dog.

You should also check into having it microchipped, so you can keep track of it should it become lost or put in a shelter. Your vet can help you with this.

Asking a reasonable adoption fee ensures also that people will not "adopt" your dog on the spur of the moment decision, and helps ensure (but not guarantee) that your dog will be taken care of, healthwise and also socially. People who are willing to spend a bit of money on adopting a pet usually don't wind up tying it in a backyard somewhere where it will live the remainder of it's days. Dogs are social animals and need to interact with their families on a daily basis and you do not want your beloved family pet living on a chain and never seeing it's people except for feeding times.

Finally, if you've made the decision to rehome your pet, please use an application to get as much information on the new family as possible. Many people will not fill out an application, that's ok, don't feel bad. You want the best for your pet and this is how you will get the best home possible for it.

If the new home is in your area, either drive by or do an actual home check, perhaps when you drop the dog or cat off. Don't feel you have to let your pet go to the first home that applies - be choosy - you want the best home possible for your pet!

More than once someone has rehomed their dog only to learn the new family put it at the shelter, or let it go, or chained it to a tree somewhere or left it alongside the road and drove away. These are real, everyday issues, and you want to avoid them. Following the above suggestions will help!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » December 29th, 2006, 10:17 am

Vette, I really like this - can we crosspost or put it on our rescue website?
"Remember - every time your dog gets somewhere on a tight leash *a fairy dies and it's all your fault.* Think of the fairies.""
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Postby msvette2u » February 2nd, 2007, 2:00 am

On December 29 2006, pitbullmamaliz wrote:Vette, I really like this - can we crosspost or put it on our rescue website?

I never saw this reply-YES by all means! If it helps even one dog stay in their home, go for it!
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Postby GloriasMom » June 10th, 2009, 7:17 pm

I just got a request to help find the "perfect home" for a seriously dog/animal aggressive Staffie who is either partly deaf, or just chooses not to listen...they aren't sure which. Thousands are supposed to have been spent on training, but since the dog appears to weigh 3/4 of what his guardian does she now thinks the Rescue Fairy should take over. I gave her the realities of find a place where her dog can get what he needs. :(
Come and see our Gang. 9 of them still live here....whew!
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Postby mnp13 » March 16th, 2011, 12:38 pm

My "note" that I just posted on FB

It's funny how often people in rescue hear that excuse.

People dump their pets for all sorts of reasons - and 99% of them are nothing more than pure laziness.

"I'm moving to (insert state here) and can't take my dog." Really?? There are states where dogs are not allowed? Or are you just too lazy to bother to find housing that allows dogs? Sure it takes more work to do, but that DOG is committed to you for life, it's too bad that you don't have the same respect for it.

"We have kids and the dog doesn't like them." Really?? What training have you done? Are your kids supervised with the dog at all times?

"We're having a baby." Did you find it under a cabbage leaf? You had nine months to prepare for that one!

"My landlord is making me get rid of my dog." "Why?" "Because no dogs are allowed in my apartment, and he found out about it." So... you got a dog even though your lease says they are not allowed, and that's my problem?

Japan was hit by a 9.0 earthquake last week. The town of Minamisanriku has 10,000 residents unaccounted for. However, somehow the people in these pictures are managing to take their dogs with them...

AP Photo/The Yomiuri Shimbun, Hiroto Sekiguchi

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The Canadian Press

Even a dog refused to leave his injured companion (they have since been captured and taken to shelter.)
The full video can be viewed here: ... r_embedded

If someone who has lost everything in thier life can bother to take care of their dog, you can bother to find a dog-friendly apartment.

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