Responsible Rehoming

Rehoming a dog should be about getting them a safe forever home, regardless of whether you are a rescue or an individual.

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Tips for Rehoming a Dog

Do You Really Have To?

Animals that you adopt are a commitment made to that animal for life, and you should always honor that commitment. In addition to commitment, we suggest seeking help first if you are rehoming a dog because you have food supply issues, behavioral issues, or medical issues.

Things to Keep in Mind

You are not looking for just any home. In particular, you are looking for the best home. And your dog deserves a good home. Today, Pit Bulls make up the majority of dogs in shelters, and shelters euthanize every single day. Chances are, surrendering your dog to a shelter will get him euthanized. scared, stressed, and alone. Shelters can be noisy and scary places for dogs. In the meantime, your dog will wait for you to return, and not understand why you left them there.

Steps to Rehoming a Dog

Always Charge Rehoming Fee

People looking to abuse animals will not pay a fee. In the same way, a person may give you a sob story that they can’t afford the fee. However, that should raise a red flag. Having a pet costs money, for food, vet checkups, and vaccines. When bigger expenses arise, what will they do if they cannot afford a $50 adoption fee?

An application is a window to a potential adopter, and it should be detailed enough to verify the claims made by the potential adopter.

Feel free to ask any questions you might have not addressed in the adoption application. If you want your rescued dog to have a positive rehoming experience, you need to have a list of questions and a plan in place. List questions that match the type of person/home you would like for your rescue dog. Identify your desires or requirements and create a list of questions related to them. Separately, make a list of the things you aren’t so rigid about. Learn everything you can about the potential adopters. Prior to meeting with them, ask questions and discuss rehoming a dog with them to determine whether they are a good match.

Speak with the adopters at their house. Also, check if there are other pets in the house, Who will be caring for the dog? Are there any allergies? Where will the dog live? Ensure that adults understand that children are not responsible for the dogs and that it is important to supervise children when they are around dogs. Ideally, everyone in the home should agree to the adoption. Your dog should meet other pets in the house, on neutral ground, to see if they will get along. Avoid long distance adoptions.

Don’t be afraid to gracefully walk away if you feel uneasy about an applicant. Keep the saying “Better Safe Than Sorry” in mind. Home checks and meet-and-greets are best done with good judgment and a buddy system. Trust your dog’s instincts, and they will tell you if your dog is comfortable with a person.

Personal References

Inquire with personal references if the adoptive family has taken good care of their current or past pets. See if you can find out what happened to the pets they previously owned. Did they die of natural causes after 15 years, or did they seem to disappear after a few weeks?

Veterinary Reference

Call their current or past veterinarian and ask about the family’s other pets and how well they cared for them. The vet may not give you very detailed information, but confirm that they have a relationship with a vet and ask whether they recommend the family as good guardians.

Google the Person

Internet searches may reveal past crimes and brushes with the law. Whether or not someone has abused an animal.

Check Animal Abuse Registries

Animal abuse registries are growing rapidly in response to public pressure. If you live in an area that has one, be sure to use it. A record of people convicted of animal cruelty in the past so that shelters and rescue groups can avoid them.

Be prepared to take your dog back.

Dogs should not jump from house to house, which is why you must find the right home for your dog. Even if you have taken all the necessary steps, your dog may not be a good fit. To keep your dog safe, prepare to take them back if necessary and inform the adopter you will do so if it does not work out. Your dog may not get along with their current dog, or a family may have an allergy that was previously unknown.

Have the adopter sign an Adoption Contract

Breed Rescues

Alternatively, you can contact breed rescues in your area and ask them if they would be willing to help you place the dog. Most rescues may not take owner surrenders. However, if the dog passes their behavior evaluation, you can keep the dog until a home is found. If the dog passes their behavior evaluation, they may help place the dog.

Rehoming a Dog and Aggression

Adopting out a human aggressive dog to another family should never happen. Human aggression issues require professional assistance and someone to assess the dog before rehoming. Seek help from certified trainers or a certified behaviorist who is familiar with aggression issues before rehoming your dog.

No Free to Good Home Ads

If you are still not convinced, giving away animals for free is a bad idea. Please be aware that dishonest people fraudulently obtain animals for profit by answering “Free to Good Home” ads. They know all the “right” answers to your questions because they do this sort of thing regularly; they appear friendly and honest. Some will bring along their children or family to make it look like they are a loving family. How will a person afford veterinary care, food, and supplies if he or she is unable or unwilling to pay an adoption fee for a pet? And what about vet bills if a pet gets sick?