The following are a few simple tips for rehoming your pet before bringing him or her to a shelter:
Prepare Your Pet
Making sure your pet is spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccinations and well-groomed will increase his or her adoptability.
Spread the Word
- Let everyone (including family members, friends, and co-workers) know that you are looking for a new home for your pet. E-mail your contact list and be sure to let your Facebook friends know.
- Create a one-page flyer and post it at vets’ offices and on community bulletin boards. Be sure to include a photo and basic information about your pet (age, breed, etc) and what type of home he or she would do best in.
- Post an ad in local newspapers and on Craig’s List
- Try contacting a breed-specific rescue group. WHS may be able to refer you to a group in the area, or you can search the Internet for one.
Screen Potential Adopters
When a prospective adopter comes forward, don’t be shy about asking them questions regarding how they plan to care for your pet, what they expect from the pet, pets they currently have or have had in the past, and other questions that will help you make the right match. You can also ask for a veterinary reference. If possible, arrange for a home inspection. You may also consider a small adoption fee to ensure their interest in your pet is earnest.
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