How To Re-home a Dog

 Sadly it is common for people to end up in the situation where they are left with no choice but to re-home their dog.

We want this to be your "last" choice after considering many other ways to keep your furry friend. If you are left in a position where you have no other choice but to rehome your dog or you think it is the best desicion for your dogs wellbeing then we've listed out a few options to consider.

It can be difficult at first how to proceed when you see yourself in the middle of a re-homing process so we have put together a guide explaining the different options available for you.

How To Re-Home Dogs

  • You can advertise dogs for free here on Dogs and Puppies and your advert will reach thousands of people each day. Many people look for dogs for re-homing because they cannot take on a puppy or simply prefer the idea of an adult dog or being able to take on a dog who is needing to find a new home. You can list multiple photos and provide as much information as possible so any interested parties have a good understanding of your dogs needs and personality before they even contact you. When you re-home a dog it is important to ensure that explain the reason for re-homing dogs both in your advert and when you meet prospective ‘customers’. You need to make sure that the prospective new owner knows why you need to re-home a dog and that they meet the animal in question.
  • Re-homing dogs using Dogs and Puppies is preferable to giving the dog to a shelter because there is no guarantee that the shelter will be able to re-home dogs and they may have to stay there for an extended amount of time. Re-homing dogs to a shelter should really be a last resort. Of course this is dependant on if you are able to keep your per until you find the right home. This desicion should not be rushed and you should always have your dogs best interests in mind.
  • Private adoption: Ask around friends and family if they would be willing to take on your dog. Hopefully they may already know your pet and understand it’s temperament and will be aware of what size of responsibility the dog is to take on. On the plus side, by passing your dog onto a family member or a friend it will mean you can have regular contact with the dog and will not have to say goodbye forever.
  • Rescue centers: If you are unable to find your dog a new home by yourself then you should look into rescue centres. By giving your dog to a rescue shelter with a good reputation it will mean that your dog is likely to be cared for in the best possible way before being suitably re-homed. Try to research the shelter before hand as there are some kill shelters around and it is not advisable that your dog is taken to one. Consider that you are leaving the responsibility of your dog to someone else so it is essential that you pass on as many details about the dog as possible. This will then help re-home the dog in the future if it is necessary.
  • Think about the reasons why you want to re-home your dog and if there may be a way that this decision can be avoided. For instance if the reason you can not cope with the dog is because of dog walking why not enquire about professional dog walkers?. If the reason is grooming there are people who are learning to groom dogs and require dogs to practice their skill on. In this case these apprentices are willing to do it for a very low price or even for free!
  • Be extra careful who you allow your dog to be re-homed with as currently there is a large market for dogs being sold abroad for puppy mills fur farming and fighting.
  • If you are looking to take on dogs for re-homing you can search for dogs for free here on Dogs and Puppies. When you are looking at re-homing dogs you need to spend a good amount of time with the animal to ensure you get on with each other and you also need to make sure that the dog will be suitable for your home which may include children or other animals.

Spencer Thomas

Author : Spencer Thomas

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Spencer works on the marketing team here at Dogs and Puppies and is a big animal lover!

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