❥ How to find a new home for pets ❥
If you would like to find a new home for your pet, rather than turning your animal over to a shelter where euthanasia is practised, there are some positive strategies you could use that will increase your chances of success.
❥ Prepare the animal to be put up for adoption ❥
To increase the chances of finding a home, and being successful in a new residence, it is important that the pet is:
- In good health
- Clean and well-groomed
- Trained for her needs in the home, and reasonably well behaved
Although your local shelter cannot adopt your pet, they may be able to offer you other assistance. Some have clinics, which offer low-cost spay and neuter, or obedience classes and training. They may have community newsletters where information about animals available for adoption can be posted.
❥ Advertise widely ❥
Pass the information on as many places as possible to increase your chances of success in finding a new home. Here are some tips.
Photos and descriptions help people connect with pets. Write an advertisement that describes your pet’s personality, habits, and some of the little things that make this animal special. Don’t hide disabilities, health problems, or behavioural quirks. Sometimes it is these things that attract the sensitivity of potential adopters.
Propaganda materials are inexpensive to produce, and sometimes very effective, especially when they include a good photo and dynamic description of the animal. They work very well especially in adult animals, or with animals with special needs. Post the ads throughout your community, wherever there are likely adopters. Health food stores, supermarkets, libraries, churches, gyms, sports equipment stores are just a few examples where you can put your ads.
Putting the description and the photo on the electronic pages, dedicated to pets to adopt is another very effective method to find a new home for your pet. Check with your local shelters for online pet adoption sites where you can register your pet. There are specific places for certain types of animals.
To find a home for a dog of a particular breed or mixed breed, look for a rescue group of a particular breed where you can advertise your dog. (On the web, search for “breed rescue,” using the name of the particular breed.)
❥ Use word of mouth propaganda ❥
Word of mouth “ads” shouldn’t be underestimated! Tell everyone about the pet that you are in need of a new home, and ask friends, co-workers, and family members to help spread your ad. It could be that the daughter of a neighbour’s dad who is a co-worker is looking for a new pet.
Tell people you know to mention it in your church bulletin, send through your office system, email, or distribute a few flyers with your book club members.
❥ Take the pet for a walk ❥
(This works especially well with dogs.) The more time an exposed pet spends in parks with other people, the more likely the appropriate person is to like it. Take her for a walk, to pet supply stores, to nearby parks, you could even put a colourful scarf on her or a sign that says “Adopt me” or “Looking for a home.” Find out if your local shelter has special adoption days in other locations; if so, they may let you show your pet.
❥ Be imaginative, positive and persistent ❥
There are many animals that need a home at all times, so finding a home for them can take a bit of work. So try to have a positive attitude, because there are good homes for them. Explore all the options you can think of to find a home for your pet. Creativity and persistence are generally very well rewarded.
❥ Remember that you are the best option for this pet to find a new home ❥
You might think that shelters or rescue groups could be the most expert in finding a place for your pet, because they have the experience, services, standards to select, etc. But for an individual who knows the particular animal, he can focus all his efforts on that pet, offering the best information to the future adopter, and can determine the most appropriate new home. Furthermore, any shelter or sanctuary is stressful for an animal. The shelter setting, no matter how good, can bring stress-related problems. Anxiety, aggression, and sometimes illness are common and these reactions can make adoption difficult or impossible.
❥ Choosing People With Potential To Adopt ❥
When someone responds to your flyer or advertisement you should interview them over the phone before introducing them to the pet. By doing this, you can eliminate the inappropriate ones sooner. Here are some questions to ask:
❥ Is the pet for you or for someone else? ❥
If the dog or cat is for someone else, tell them that you need to speak directly with the prospective adopter.
❥ Do you have other pets in the house? Can you tell me about them? ❥
The answers can help you determine if the pet you are giving will fit into that family. For example, if you are trying to give a dog that detests cats and they have cats it is obvious that it is not a good alternative.
If they don’t have pets now ask these questions: Have you had pets before? If you have, what happened to them?
The answers to these questions can reveal a lot about the person’s level of responsibility. A negative incident in the past should not immediately put the person out of the possibility of adopting a pet, since accidents happen even to the most careful people. If they tell you about the many pets that lived to old age, this is a sign that these people are making a commitment to the pet for life.
❥ Has children? If so, how old are they? ❥
If the animal you are placing has had some kind of biting or pinching incident near children, it would be irresponsible to deliver the animal to a home with children. Even if prospective adopters do not have young children, they need to be aware of the animal’s history because they can receive visits from neighbouring grandchildren or children.
❥ Do you live in a house, mobile home, or apartment? ❥
It is not necessarily a negative thing if they live in an apartment. Many dogs and all cats could live well in an apartment. Proximity fosters close companionship and bonding.
❥ If you rent, does the landlord allow pets? ❥
If the person is renting, you need to make sure they have written permission to have a pet.
❥ How many hours a day will the animal be alone? ❥
The number of hours an animal will be alone during the day needs to be considered. Puppies and cats can feel very lonely and bored (and consequently very destructive) if they are alone for a long time. Many adoptions do not work because the prospective adopters are not aware of the social needs of their pets.
Dogs especially have a hard time being alone for long periods of time. They are animals that live in the company, so they need the company either from the family or another pet. A lonely dog or puppy gets bored and can chew on the couch, rip the rug, smash the table legs – just to have something to do. It doesn’t seem like cats need companionship in the same way that dogs do, but someone who has owned more than one cat knows what difference companionship can make to a cat.
Once you have the answers to these questions, you will have a good idea about the good home that the prospective adopter will give the pet he is giving up for adoption. The next step is to meet people, see their home, and introduce them to the animal.
You have some alternatives on how to present the animal. Prospective adopters can come to your home, you can bring the pet where they live, or they can meet in a neutral place like a park or a vet’s office. But if prospective adopters have another dog and you are finding a place for a dog, a park can be a good place to arrange the first meeting. Wherever the gathering takes place, you must pay attention to how they relate to the pet, and how the pet relates to them.
❥ Some Final Tips ❥
When you are in the process of finding a place for a homeless pet, always keep in mind that creativity, persistence, and a positive attitude are always rewarded. Think about the best possible environment for your pet and explore all the options you can think of. Try not to get discouraged and don’t give up after an interview or two. If you are trying to find a place for your pet in a new home, you are the best option for your pet to find a new home. Since you know the animal, you can give prospective adopters the best information and they can better determine the appropriate new home.
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