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DOGS: Tips For Re-Homing Your Dog
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Finding A New Home For Your Dog

There are a number of steps that you should actively explore to find a new home for your dog before making the final decision to surrender your dog to the Shelter.

Try To Find A New Home For The Dog On Your Own

  • Personally talk to friends, family members, neighbors, local veterinarians, and others you trust to try and find someone willing to adopt your dog.  Ask for help from your social media contacts.  As a last resort, advertise in the newspaper. DO NOT ADVERTISE ON CRAIGSLIST.

  • Never abandon your dog in a rural area or on a farm.

  • Screen potential adopters carefully. Do not be afraid to deny a potential adopter if you just do not “feel right” about them. Trust your instincts because your dog’s happiness depends on it.

  • Don't give a dog away for free. People collect free dogs and sell to research groups, etc.  Charging an adoption fee is like giving your dog an insurance policy.

  • Do a home visit and veterinarian reference check to anyone who is considering adopting your family member. If the potential adopted is renter or lives in a condominium, verify that their landlord or homeowners association allows dogs.

  • Have your dog spayed/neutered before placing them with their new family to help reduce pet overpopulation. CLICK HERE for information about low cost spay/neuter programs.

  • Require adopters to provide a valid form of ID, like a driver’s license, and make a written record of their license number. Also require them to sign an adoption contract that requires them to contact you to return your dog if for some reason they can no longer keep it.

If you are not able to re-home your dog on your own, the next step is to contact other dog adoption or rescue organizations.

  • Contact other animal shelters and rescues in the area to see if they will accept your dog.

  • Search the phone book or Internet for dog rescue organizations, but screen every organization carefully to ensure that it is a legitimate rescue with sincere intentions.