NEED TO FIND A NEW HOME FOR YOUR CAT OR DOG?
... some suggestions to help you:
- Ensure your pet's health records are up-to-date. If shots and an annual examination are due, take your pet to your vet for a check-up before starting your search. Your pet should be spayed or neutered prior to adoption as it is always easier to get the pet a new home if all medical concerns have been taken care of.
- Ask your own vet if they know of anyone that would be a suitable new home. Take a picture of your pet, make a cute poster with the picture and detailed description of your animal's personality. Leave the poster at your own vet and other area vet clinics. Talk to the staff at your local pet food store or animal groomers and leave a poster on their bulletin boards too.
- Ask responsible friends or relatives if they are interested in adopting your animal.
- Place an ad in your local community newspaper and give a description of your pet and his/her temperament; ie "great with kids", "needs fenced yard", "adult home only", "good with other dogs/cats", etc.
- DO NOT OFFER YOUR PET FOR "FREE" - persons looking for animal subjects for experimental research have been known to acquire their subjects this way!!
- A few minutes doing a proper "interview" with a caller can mean the difference between any home or the right home. When someone calls, ask if they have had experience with animals before; ask for the name of their regular vet clinic for a reference check; ask about their lifestyle - kids/no kids; are they home a lot or will the animal be alone all day and describe your pet's personality. Try to match the home circumstances with the pet's needs so everyone will be happy with the move.
- Invite a potentially good match to visit your home and meet your animal. Ask the potential home for their phone number and address and visit them, if possible, to see where your animal would be living. Don't agree to the adoption unless you are happy with the adopter and the new home.
- Start looking right away when you know you have to find a new home! Sometimes it takes months to find the right new home - don't leave it to the last week before you have to give your animal up to start the search!
REMEMBER - YOUR PET IS TRUSTING YOU WITH THE REST OF ITS LIFE !!
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