People need to re-home pets for a variety of reasons. Many families have to make the difficult decision to re-home their pet for personal and/or economic reasons. And for Good Samaritans, the increasing homeless-pet population has made re-homing a pet in need all too common — having found a homeless pet, you may be wondering how to find him a loving and responsible forever home.
We are here to help! We know that, whatever the reason, it is very painful to say goodbye to a beloved pet. This is why you want to do everything you can to place your pet in the best home possible.
Before you re-home your pet:
If you adopted your pet from a no-kill shelter, humane society, breed-specific rescue, or any other type of rescue organization, reach out to them for help in re-homing your pet. Most rescues and humane societies will take their pets back if an adopter can no longer care for them. It may be written in your adoption contract about their policy of returning a pet. Even if they are not able to take your pet back into their rescue program, they should be willing to help you find him another home and family.
However, if your pet did not come from one of these organizations, consider contacting reputable no-kill shelters, humane societies, breed-specific rescues, or other rescue groups. Start by doing an internet search, or your veterinarian may be able to suggest a reputable rescue. If you find a rescue group that is willing to help you, ask them for the name and phone number of the veterinarian they use, so that you can call for a reference — to be sure that they are a reputable organization.
If you find that the rescue organizations you contact are full and cannot accept your pet, perhaps they may work with you to find him a suitable home if you are able to “foster” your pet. If a rescue is able to help, you may want to thank them by making a donation to their organization.
Whether aided by a rescue group or not, it is beneficial for your pet to stay with you, if possible, until a good home is found, rather than taking him to a shelter, which would cause him much stress. Additionally, when your pet goes directly from your home to a new home, you will be comforted by knowing where your pet will be. If, however, it is not possible for you to keep your pet with you while you are seeking a new home for him, maybe a trusted family member or good friend would foster your pet until a good home can be found.
To help you reach prospective families wanting to adopt a pet, ReHomeYourPets.com offers an Adoptable Pets page, where you can post your pet’s photos and information.
Also, we have provided sample forms for you to use: a Re-Home Application, which will help you with good questions to ask an applicant; a Pet Information Sheet, which will allow you to provide helpful information about your pet to his new family; and a Re-Home Contract, an agreement which you can ask the adopting family to sign.
AND FINALLY…remember that finding your pet a safe and loving home is the last responsible thing you can do for him. Please be as thorough as possible in checking out prospective adopters!