Rehoming can give you a guilty feeling, but it happens for numerous reasons. The process can be upsetting and painful, and it should be the last thing to consider. But if you’re unable to care for your dog anymore and there are no other options, don’t be too hard on yourself and make the responsible decision.
Ethical rehoming means accepting that, no matter how much you love your dog, you may not always be the best fit for them. Here are some tips to help you find the best home for your dog.
Avoid posting personal or classified ads, as many animals are abused or neglected. You can connect with people interested in adopting a dog into their home by going into pet matching communities online. A lot of people can see your pet’s profile, and you can conduct a safe way to meet potential adopters. Some online services provide help on how to screen potential adopters and even provide free pet exams provided by collaborating vets.
Put Your Pet’s Best Interest
As a pet owner, your priority is to keep your dog safe, as well as other people. New adopters should be informed if their dog has any medical conditions or special needs. Providing proper care would not be possible if you did not fully disclose the health, behavioral history, and needs of your pet. Prioritize your dog’s safety by describing his optimal environment and home.
Talk To Your Veterinarian
There may be clients looking for dogs to adopt. Many veterinary facilities allow clients to leave flyers in their offices to aid in the adoption of pets.
Surrender Them To A Pet Shelter
Contact your local rescue organization or an animal shelter. If you are coordinating with a rescue group, being completely honest about the dog’s bite history is necessary. They may not be able to rehome the dog depending on the severity of the bite. In certain situations, talking to a veterinarian or a veterinary behaviorist about behavioral euthanasia may be the only option.
Make Preparations for the Unexpected
It may be a hard thing to think of, but in the event of your passing, your dog needs to be in trusted hands. Setting up a plan can give you peace of mind, knowing they are properly cared for. When specifying where you want them to go, you can work with your attorney and establish a legal trust to financially support your pet.
Rehoming your dog should not be judged or looked down upon. The important thing is to get your pet to the correct place where their needs may be satisfied. Finding a good fit for your dog does take time, love, and patience.