FINDING A “GOOD” HOME
When we get a pet, we always hope that the animal will be with us for its entire life. However, occasionally there may be a legitimate reason we need to rehome a pet. When that happens there are good ways to go about doing this.
First, unless you know the adopter personally, DO ask an “adoption” fee to protect your pet. Ask at least $35-100 or more depending on the animal. Ask a higher fee if it is a pedigree animal. Advertising “Free to Good Home” has a high risk of sending your pet into a dangerous situation. Why? There are people known as “bunchers” who go around looking for free pets or pets left unattended in yards. These people known legally as Class B dealers sell pets to research labs. They are mainly interested in healthy, friendly animals so your pets make the best subjects.
Then there are the unscrupulous people who take animals to train fighting dogs. Your sweet gentle pup may become the victim of a dog fighting ring. Your little cat might end up as snake food or alligator bait. We once rescued a litter of kittens that were about to be fed to alligators. How many aren’t as lucky?
Spay or neuter your pet first to keep it from ending up in a puppy mill situation. Low cost sterilization options are available by calling Spay N Save, 407-920-4894.
Look for a breed specific rescue organization. There is one for nearly every breed of dog or cat. Try local rescue groups, too, although some do not accept personal pets but ask owners to be responsible in finding homes for their animals.
Interview the prospective adopter. Have questions ready to ask them. Find out who their vet is (then call the vet), how many other animals they own, and where they work. Offer to deliver the pet to their home soyou can check it out. Don’t be fooled by the person who claims the dog/cat is for their little child. Check them out. Get a look at their driver’s license to confirm they are who they claim to be. If they won’t give you their address you can assume the worse. If you suspect they aren’t legitimate, contact the police.
Always offer to take the animal back if it doesn’t work out to avoid your pet ending up on the street or at a shelter.
Do you think only the right people will contact you? Do you really think the wrong people will say “Oh, I can’t call because I’m not a good home”? These animals rely on us to be their voices and to do our best for them. Protect them. Don’t let them down.