This article is about how to get rid of a dog that you own but no longer want, or can no longer care for. If you have found somebody’s stray pet that is another issue, see the link below.
Determine How Likely Your Dog is to get Another Home
- Dogs who are young, cute, obedient, and of certain breeds, are the ones most likely to find a new home.
- Dogs who are spayed, or neutered, and already fully vaccinated, and in good health, are more likely to find a new home.
- Dogs who are non-shedding, who do not bark a lot, and are house trained, are more likely to get a new home.
- In some areas large dogs are in demand, but in other areas it is the lap dog that is in demand.
- This is not to say that an old dog has no chance, if it has other factors in its favor it can be the perfect pet for the right person – such as a senior or somebody with not as much time to walk a dog.
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Your Local Shelters
In some areas there are different animal shelters, you should call and see if any have space. Some are no-kill shelters, they typically turn dogs away when they are full, or only select certain dogs. Other shelters are open admittance, they cannot turn dogs away but will euthanize dogs they feel are not adoptable (sick, old, aggressive, unruly) if they are full.
Most shelters will not guarantee your dog will get a home, but they can screen potential owners better than you can and will not simply give a person a dog “just to get rid of it”. Animal shelters want pets to find forever homes where they can be happy and well cared for.
The shelter may be a risky venture but if your dog is adoptable, then this is a good option.
Return to Seller
If you got your dog from a reputable breeder you probably have a contract stating they will take it back at anytime in its life if you cannot care for it. Most animal shelters also have contracts although often they want you to bring the dog back if you cannot care for it within the first year of adoption.
Dog Breed Rescues
If your dog is a registered purebred it might be able to be placed in a breed rescue.
Newspaper Ads and Internet Ads
Many people will list their pet as being for sale, or free, in the newspaper or on Internet pet classified ads. If your dog is not vaccinated, and so forth, and not really had any value added to it, then assigning a price to it is rather unfair. I always tell people “Never pay a cent for a dog that isn’t vaccinated, dewormed, and come with a veterinarian check.”.
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