Surrendering Your Pet

If there comes a time in your life when having your pet is no longer an option you, there are some ways to safely re-home your furry friend. There are, however, some methods that are very dangerous and can most likely end in your former companion being abused or killed. It’s important to be aware of the dangers of re-homing your pet before you attempt to do so.

Craigslist: is a great website for finding a new home for your couch or old car but it’s not usually a safe option for re-homing your pet. In recent years, Craigslist has been the top source for animal abusers, back-yard breeders and dog fighters to find their victims. These abusers will dress nicely, show affection and concern for your pet in your presence, but commit unspeakable acts of torture after your pet is in their hands. Many pets are murdered by human hands or used as bait for dog fighters who force other animals to kill your beloved pet. Because of the anonymity of the internet, these people are never caught and go on to kill again. Craigslist is a very dangerous place for an animal.

High-Kill Shelters:
You may think the best option for your pets adoption is turning it into your local animal shelter or animal control facility. The hard truth is, only one out of every 4 animals that ends up in a shelter is adopted, meaning over 75 percent die on a cold metal table having spent the last few days of their lives terrified behind bars, wondering when their family is coming back. You may think your cute, friendly buddy will be one of the lucky ones, but there are many factors that go against your pet when being considered for adoption. If he’s no longer a puppy, black in color, or a bully breed, his chances drop significantly. Many shelters do not even adopt out pit-bull-type dogs to the public. Also, all surrendered animals must pass a behavior test before placed in the adoption ward, and while Fido may have been fun and friendly at home, a shelter environment is much different. Many animals are put to sleep just because they are scared or confused. Shelters in the U.S. have to take in unwanted animals, but, sadly, very few of those animals every make it back out.

Despite all the terrifying dangers of re-homing your pet, there are some better options when your pet can no longer stay with you.

No-Kill Shelters and Rescues:
Last Chance Rescue is a no-kill option for unwanted animals. “No-Kill” means that animals surrendered who can be adopted will never be killed even if the shelter or rescue is full. Euthanasia is reserved only for animals who are terminally ill or considered dangerous. No-kill shelters care for animals until a suitable adopter is found. These adopters are screened for compatibility with each animal through extensive applications, their homes are checked, vets are called for references and they are charged an adoption fee and have to sign a contract to ensure of their best intentions. Also, the best rescues and shelters (like Last Chance) require an animal to be returned at any time in it’s life if the adopter can no longer care for their pet. A no-kill shelter or rescue is most likely the best option when you need to surrender your pet.

The best way to ensure that your pet will be safe and well cared for in it’s future is to reconsider surrendering your pet. Owning a pet is a commitment for the life time of that pet and, while circumstances may have changed, there are many options and resources available to help your pet adapt to those new circumstances. Whether the reason is behavior issues, pregnancy, allergies, financial problems, or some other unexpected circumstance, please read over the website below to find alternatives to surrendering your pet. A surrendered pet often feels abandoned and confused as to why their family is no longer with them and it may be that with a little work and research, your pet can continue to be a good fit in the home they love.

Please Click on the link below, the Animal Humane Society provides a wealth of information to you by offering alternative options for rehoming your pet.


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