Finding a New Home for Your Pet
It can be a difficult as well as painful decision to surrender your pet. If you need to find a new home for your pet, we have provided many resources below for various animal rescues. Please take the time to explore these rescues so you can find a good home for your pet. Go to this link Petfinder Shelter list and click on Animal Shelters on the top bar, then put in your state under “Search Animal Welfare Groups”. While some rescue groups may be full, others will tell your their requirements. We urge you to be patient and keep in mind that all rescues are run by caring volunteers who work tirelessly to help save animals. In addition to searching for rescues, you can do the following:
- If your apartment no longer allows pets, you can try using this site before you surrender your pet: Pet-Friendly Rental Housing and/or www.pets911.com
- Put together a flier including your pet’s photo and place in your vet’s office, pet shops, groomer’s, library, your place of employment, church, etc. Do not put “Free to a good home” since that can attract the wrong kind of pet owner that you wouldn’t want for your pet.
- Advertise your pet in your local paper, such as the Suburban News
- Speak to your vet, often a good resource
Keep in mind that you need to exercise caution when someone answers your ad. For example, a red flag should go up if a caller doesn’t sound particularly interested in the kind of pet you have, but is anxious to take it off your hands. We urge you to use good judgment before surrendering your pet.
If you can’t find a rescue to take your pet and are unable to find a good home through your own resources such as talking to everyone you know or flyer’s you have posted, then surrendering your pet to a good shelter is another option. However, keep in mind that shelters are overcrowded and many of the animals will be euthanized. Some shelters do more outreach than others with a real effort to encourage people in their community to adopt. We suggest that you visit your local shelter before surrendering your pet and ask questions, such as their adoption rates.
PFA offers low cost vaccinations, Heartworm/Lyme and Feline Leukemia/FIV screening and fecal testing along with deworming every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:30pm. Go here for a list of services offered.
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Pet Loss and Support
Pet Loss Support Resource Center (888) 332-7738
St. Huberts Pet Loss Group (973) 377-2295