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"Surrendering a Pet"
- REHOMING OR NEEDING TO SURRENDER A PET –
Pets are not meant to be disposable:
Before making the commitment to take on the responsibility of getting a new pet, every person needs to do a lot of research first. It is very important that we are fully aware of the obligation that we are agreeing to and we need to make our decision accordingly, before making this type of promise to any pet.
Sometimes, even after we’ve done everything right, unpredictable things happen and our lives change. When we get busy sometimes our pets don’t get the care they deserve and 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 to give up a pet but we always need to make life better for the pet and for ourselves.
There are several options available to people who need to re-home a pet.
• If you think of pets as an investment and hoping to recoup some of the money you have spent on it then you can always try selling it. Just keep in mind though that it may not be wise to look at this as an investment. It may take you a long time and if you are lucky enough to find someone willing to pay you anything for the pet you’ll not likely get back what you have spent on it. Most people buying a new pet will gravitate towards a baby, a certain colour etc. and they will likely prefer to pick out the pet of their choice.
• You can choose to offer your pet for free but many people who can’t really afford to get a pet are willing to take them for free. Some people certainly have the financial resources to purchase a pet and to care for it properly, these people can be an excellent choice for your pet. Caring for a pet is not free and it is not always easy to know if the person can afford to maintain it properly. You’ll likely want to know that the person taking the pet from you can afford to care for it properly therefore giving away any pet may not always be the wisest 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 a lot of private shelters that specialize in a specific species. Some shelters are excellent and 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:
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 rehoming 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. If for any reason, you can no longer provide adequate care for a pet and you have exhausted your search for a new home or 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 rehome 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 as we can only accommodate a couple at a time. If 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 any healthy small animal species that we have experience with raising. If we cannot take it in ourselves perhaps we know someone who can.
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? Etc.