It may be that the owner is aging and is no longer able to care for Scruffy anymore. Perhaps Fido has developed major behavioral and aggression issues that have not improved after training or seeing doggy behaviorists, and he poses a health risk to the owner or his or her children. In some cases, finding affordable housing that accepts pets is a major challenge.
Whatever the case, sometimes the owner is left with very few choices but to find a new home for his or her pup. When this happens, however, it is crucial that an appropriate home is chosen.
If you or someone you know is faced with this gut-wrenching situation, what are some viable options you can consider? What is the best way to find a new home for your pet?
Friends and Family
Placing your beloved pup with a well-trusted family member, friend, neighbor or coworker who has a love for animals can be a really great option. More often than not, there is someone in your network that would be willing to take Daisy in and give her a loving home.
If your family member or neighbor is already well acquainted with your furry friend, that’s even better! Your pet may be more comfortable settling into a new routine with a familiar face than with a stranger.
Animal Rescue Groups
If you are unable to find any relatives or close friends to welcome your pooch into their home, rescue groups are often a great option. Some cities have rescue organizations that head up a fostering program, where local families in the community foster your pet until forever families are found.
This is a great way to make sure your furry friend will be in a safe and loving environment, even when you don’t personally know who the new caretakers will be.
Check With A Local Veterinarian or Animal Behaviorist
Local professionals in the field, such as veterinarians, behaviorists and trainers, may have connections or know of a good home to refer you to if none of the above options work.
Local shelters that are no-kill are also options, but they are not ideal. Many shelters are overcrowded and don’t provide the most loving place for your pet.
It should be noted that some pounds, which do euthanize animals, operate under the name “shelter.” If you choose this option, before sending your pet to any such place, be sure to confirm that they are no-kill.
When it comes to finding a new home for Scruffy, making sure pounds stay out of the picture is of utmost importance. Similarly, your four-legged friend should never be abandoned either. Pups out on the street can experience severe trauma and suffer from anxiety or posttraumatic stress disorder for the rest of their lives.
If you are faced with the challenge of finding a suitable home, there are good options out there – they may just take some time and persistence to pursue.
Thanks for stopping by! We hope you gleaned some useful tips for finding a new home for your pet, should you ever be faced with that situation.
We’d love to hear from you! Have you ever had to find a new home for your pet? What effective housing options did you find useful?