Tips for Rehoming Your Pet
Before making the decision to find another home for your pet, consider the problem and whether or not it can be fixed. For instance, if the animal is misbehaving or is not housetrained, try to teach the pet or consider consulting an animal trainer. If you are worried about your pet being alone for long periods of time, consider hiring a pet sitter or asking friends and family to stop in to check on your pet. Also, if allergies seem to be affecting the relationship with your pet, see your doctor to find out if there is anything that can be done to prevent it. Make your best effort to try and keep your beloved pet before considering alternatives.
If there is no other option and you cannot keep your pet, before you bring him or her to SPCA Florida, you can try and find a new home on your own. This can reduce the stress of an animal being brought into the overburdened shelter and can provide peace of mind to know where your pet’s new home will be. Here are some helpful tips for rehoming your pet:
- Call anyone you know who may be interested in adopting your pet.
- Post flyers that include information about your pet around town, at your local animal shelter, or veterinarian’s office.
- Put an ad in the newspaper.
- Use social media or reputable websites to post pictures and information about your pet.
Information to include about your pet:
- A recent photo, name, age, gender, general health, special health needs, vaccination status
- Behavioral information, such as: are they good with other dogs, do they get along well with cats, are they housetrained, kid-friendly, prefer a quiet adult household, etc.
- Contact information
Tips for safe, successful adoption:
- Charge an adoption fee to help ensure potential adopters are serious about taking the financial responsibility of your pet
- Ask for pets veterinary records of the potential adopter’s current pets
- Arrange a home visit
- Ask for personal references
- Consider drafting a contract
More Information about Rehoming
Sites to Rehome Your Pets
Exercise caution and practice diligence when re-homing your pet because sometimes there are dishonest people who search newspaper ads and the internet to find pets so they can sell them to research facilities, dog fighting rings, etc. Make sure you know who your pet is being adopted by and find out information about the person before you give them the animal. Be cautious when using sites like Craigslist to re-home pets.
Surrendering Pets to SPCA Florida
If you are unable to find another home for your pet, please call (863) 646-7722 or email [email protected]. SPCA Florida is a managed admissions shelter, which means we intake animals based on space and population (breed) and do not euthanize unless there are severe and untreatable health or temperament issues. We make intake appointments to find out as much as possible about your pet to make their next lifelong match.