REHOMING OR NEEDING TO SURRENDER A PET
REHOMING OR NEEDING TO SURRENDER A PET
Pets are not meant to be disposable:
Before making the commitment and taking on the responsibility of getting a new pet, we all need to do a lot of research first and give a lot of thought to the long-term obligation that we are agreeing to when we decide to take in a pet.
Sometimes, even when we are dedicated to our pet's well-being and after we’ve done everything right, unpredictable things can happen that are beyond our control and our lives change.
- Neglecting to have a pet spayed or neutered and an unplanned litter.
- Job transfer out of country.
- Severe illness to the caregiver, Hospice or Death.
- When we get too busy sometimes and our pets suffer by not getting care and affection it deserves. Whenever an animal that we care about starts to become neglected, it is time to consider our options. It can be a very traumatic experience for anyone when they decide to give up a pet but we always need to make the right decision that will help make life better for the pet (and for ourselves).
When / if something like this happens, after you have exhausted all of your resources and still can't find a caring permanent home for your pet, before abandoning it or sending it to a shelter, give us a call. We may have a list of names of people who are currently looking for exactly the pet you need to find a home for. If not and if we have room we may be able to bring it in temporarily to foster until a suitable forever home can be found. Of course we can't take every animal! We need to limit our to only a few at a time. We are pretty good at finding good homes for pets that need re-homing.
There are several options available to people who want or need to re-home a pet.
- If you are a person who thinks of pets as investments and you are hoping to recoup some of the money you have spent on it then you can always try selling it and it's belongings, privately.
- It is not advisable to consider pets as a financial investment when they are actually, a financial expense that when you invest into them they reward with companionship and entertainment.
- It may take you a long time to find a home for the pet.
- If you are lucky enough to find someone willing to pay you for the pet you’ll not likely get back what you have spent on it. Most people that can afford to buy a pet tend to gravitate towards getting a baby, a certain colour or gender and they will likely prefer to pick out the pet of their choice. Therefore, if you price the animal and its' belonging too high you may find it quite challenging to find a buyer.
- You can choose to offer your pet for free. Some wonderful people that have been thinking of getting a new pet and certainly have the financial resources to purchase a pet and to care for it properly, are often an excellent choice. Caring for a pet is usually not free and it is not always easy to know if the person can afford to maintain a pet properly. Also, you’ll likely get a fair number of good-hearted people who are well-meaning with good intentions but can not really afford to purchase a pet or the resources to care for it properly who may be willing to take it for free! Therefore giving away any pet may not always be a wise choice.
- There are municipal shelters, humane societies, etc. that may be able to take your pet. Usually they require a fee to surrender your pet. The good thing about shelters is that they are carefully monitored and they employ veterinarians and other people to care for the pets properly. Some shelters have a time limit for housing a pet. Others have no kill policies in place. Be sure to ask prior to surrendering any pet to them.
- There are also a lot of private shelters that specialize in a specific species. Some shelters/rescues are excellent choices because they really do their best at finding suitable homes for the pets that they have taken into care. But sometimes a few private shelters take in more animals than they can properly care for and afford. When this happens, it can become a bit of a hoarder situation. Having more animals than you can adequately care for is never good.
- Most reputable breeders are compassionate people who will have some type of Foster / Surrender program / policy in place. This does not mean that they can always take in every animal but most will do what they can to help make sure that pets do not become homeless. As a breeder, we feel that we have an obligation to help all animals. It is especially important for every breeder to pay particular attention to the species of animals they raise.
What we can offer:
Although we focus on breeders we are also actively involved with foster.
You reasons that made you decide that you need to re-home your pet is personal. We are not going to judge you! We understand that things do not always go as planned and sometimes we need to do things that we do not feel good about doing. We also feel that if you have been considering or if you are already in the process of re-homing a pet, then you are probably making the right decision. No pet should stay in a home where it is neglected or unwanted.
If you ever find yourself where you can longer properly care for your pet, before contacting us we suggest that you do everything that you can to try to find it a suitable new home where it will be well cared for and enjoyed as a family pet. Then, if for any reason, you can no longer provide adequate care for a pet and you have exhausted your search looking for a new home for it or if you simply can’t deal with the emotional side of re-homing a pet, please contact us immediately. We may be able help or offer a few suggestions that may help when you need to re-home your pet. Our goal is to keep it safe and out of a shelter. We need to limit the number of animals we take in because space and time is limited therefore we can only accommodate a couple of animal in foster, at a time. When we have the space in our home, away from our breeding facilities and if we have the time needed to take care of it properly, we will take in 1 or 2 healthy animals, of the species that we have experience with raising. If we cannot take it in ourselves perhaps we know someone who can...
- We are not able to provide adequate care for dogs.
- There is no charge to you for surrendering a pet.
- When the animal arrives at our home, you will be required to sign a “Surrender Form” stating that to the best of your knowledge the animal is in good health.
- We are offering this as a courtesy and we are not purchasing the pet ! We will not provide any financial compensation. (We purchase all our animals based on genetics and lineage).
- We will not keep this pet permanently. It will be in foster and will remain in foster until a more suitable (permanent) home becomes available. We do charge a small fee from the purchaser/ adopter for all animals that we have in foster. (We do not think offering “free animals” is ever a good idea).. Besides, the small fee helps offset some of the costs we incur when we take in animals to foster).
- It often takes a while for us to re-home any animal that we take in. For quarantine reasons, they are housed away from our existing animals. We seldom have cage space available to house animals that are not part of our breeding colony so, we do ask that you provide the cage that the animal has been living in and whatever belongings that the animal is used to. These supplies will not be returned to you. Instead, they will accompany the animal when it is re-homed.
- We do ask everyone who surrenders a pet to us, to provide as much information on the pet as possible so we can pass on this information to potential purchasers.
- We understand that it can be very difficult to have to part with a pet therefore we will not share your personal information with anyone unless you request us to do so.
Be extremely careful when surrendering a pet to anyone. Always be sure to ask a lot of questions…
- What do they do with animals that they can’t find good homes for?
- How long will they keep the pet?
- How much experience they have caring for this type of pet?
- How many animals do they currently have in foster?