Think back to a time when you moved, this could be a job change, a different school, or a new town. The thought of making new friends, learning to co-exist, and getting used to the new layout and schedule are all things that get our heart racing and head spinning. Like us, your new pet has a lot to process when transferring to a new location. When coming to the shelter, pets experience many large changes in a short period of time. While we do our best to limit all undue stress our animals are exposed to, there are fundamentals of the shelter setting that cannot be avoided such as the smells and sounds of many new strangers (human and animal), the high level of foot traffic, and eventually the many meet and greets with potential adopters
While we love each pet that comes through our doors, we understand the shelter, though it is in many cases unavoidable, is not an ideal setting for any animal. We strongly encourage you to use these resources in order to rehome your pet yourself and cut the shelter out of the equation in order to limit stress and provide them with their best chance of successful placement.
Be Transparent: Be open about your pet’s personality. Do they get along with cats/dogs/or kids? Do they struggle with walking on a leash? Being upfront will help your pet find a home with someone who is prepared to take them on.
Make your pet more attractive: Having your pet spay/neutered and up to date on shots provides peace of mind to adopters that they are taking home a happy and healthy pet.
Take good pictures: Make sure to take photos in an area with good lighting. Providing a few clear picture of your pets in different setting can help adopter feel that they are getting to know your pet before meeting them.
Check availability of rescues: Most rescues are foster based and can provide a temporary home setting while they search for the perfect new family for your pet.
Call us for advice: If you have any questions or concerns, our team is always here to assist you in deciding the best plan for your pet.
Adopt-a-Pet: Adopt a pet is a website that many rescue and shelter organizations; us included, use to post the pets they have in their care in hopes of finding them homes, but did you know that they provide rehoming assistance to the general public as well? When potential adopters browse the web looking for a new pet they will also see your pet among those looking for a new home.
Nextdoor: Next-door is an online neighborhood app/website that lets you connect with people in your community. When joining, you are asked to confirm your address, providing an added sense of security knowing you’re rehoming to a fellow community member.
Facebook: Facebook has many groups of avid pet lovers who may be looking to adopt. Feeling your way around breed-specific groups or local pet pages can be a great way to discover a community of dedicated pet parents who you can get to know before rehoming.