If you have decided that you are unable keep your pet, there are some things you can do to make sure they will go to a safe home.
Firstly, you could ask local rescues if they are able to help. This does not have to mean your pet will need to spend time there, although if you need your pet to go to them, they will do what they can to help. Some rescues will help out by advertising your pet for rehoming while your pet is still living with you. Rescues are fantastic and some may even help inform you how to home check for your pets future home.
If you do decide to try to find a new home for your pet yourself, rather than asking a rescue to help, please make what is best for your pet a top priority. Finding a new home for a pet can be difficult. Finding a good home means finding somewhere where your pet will be a part of a family, receive regular food and have access to water, somewhere that will provide vet treatment when it is needed, and everything else involved in pet ownership.
You could ask friends and family if they know anyone who would be interested in rehoming your pet. Your local vet may also be able to advertise for you (some do this and display at their practice), or they may know someone who is looking for a pet.
ALWAYS visit the new home in order to see where your pet will be living. Make clear that you want your pet to be a part of a family and that it is important to you that they will go to a good home. Ask if it would be possible to take your pet for a further visit if you are happy about the home after your first visit. This means your pet can familiarise themselves with their potential new home.
If someone refuses a home visit, do not go any further. People who will not let you see the place that your pet will be living could possibly have bad intentions, such as wanting your pet to take part in dog fighting or as bait for another dog, or they may not be living in a suitable environment. We do however understand that some people will feel uncomfortable with the idea of being ‘checked out’ as a potential new owner, but this is about the pets wellbeing, and not them.
ALWAYS spay/neuter your pet before they go to the new home. Not only will you be sure that your pet will not be used for breeding purposes, but you will also play a part in making sure that the animal population is brought under control. Remember that rescues always have pets available for rehoming.
Another possibility is to ask if the potential new owner has a vet history. You could then ask about that (with their permission) and this may help you make up your mind.
Your pet will be much harder to rehome if they have health issues. It is important to be honest about this with any potential new owner. Your pets health depends on it! You need to be certain that any new owner will be able to carry on with any help that your pet needs and that they understand fully what is involved.
Remember that finding a new home for any animal can take time and it is important not to try and rush things where possible. If you are in a hurry, it would be best to ask if a rescue in your area can take your pet. They will be able to take the time needed to find a suitable home.
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