Now you are finding yourself in one of the most unfortunate positions, you are not able to keep your pet’s babies. Everyone understands that making the decision to rehome the little ones is extremely tough, but you have to do it for reasons that are out of your control. You find yourself in the position to look for someone who will love the little pets the way you do and who can give them everything you are not able to do. The process of finding them new families will be an emotional one, no one will lie to you, but at the end of the day, you will be pleased on how the things turned out.
You should be patient until you find the right person to offer a new house to your pet’s babies because they will definitely not feel comfortable if you leave them in a shelter. Shelters usually are over-crowded and around 95% of the animals that get there are put to sleep. You do not want this for your little pets. Even if they will not be put to sleep, they will suffer horribly from confusion and loneliness because they are used with a loving and caring human to watch out for them. Instead of abandoning them, you should start looking for a new home before they reach the appropriate age for adoption. In this way, you help them have a smooth transition.
Pets always trust and love their humans especially if they are the ones who cared for them since the day they were born. Here are the main 10 steps you should take when rehoming your pet’s babies.
1 – Get the puppies or kittens vaccinated
Before offering the pets for adoption, you should take them to the vet for a check and for being vaccinated. The first vaccinations will ensure that their immune system reaches an adequate level to protect them.
2 – Ask the vet for references
Ask the vet if they know someone who is looking for a pet to adopt. This is a great solution because the vet can offer you great information about the possible adopter. They can tell you if the adopter has other pets and what their care routine is. If the possible adopter has a pet and they are not dedicated to their care, they will definitely not change their behaviour for the new pet.
3 – Start early
After you have the puppies or kittens vaccinated, you can start looking for their new home. If you start early, you will have plenty of time to check multiple prospective adopters and decide which one of them is the right person. Before sharing the adoption message, you should ask your work colleagues, family and friends if they are interested in adopting one of your baby pets.
4 – Take photos and videos
To increase the chances to find adopters for your little pets you should take photos and film of them when they showcase their talents. You can upload the videos and photos on social media and YouTube to reach more people.
5 – Describe their personality
When writing the adoption post you should describe every puppy or kitten’s personality. Share if they like constant companionship if they like to follow you around, if they like to spend time outdoors or indoors, and if they have preferences when it comes to sitting with humans and other pets. If you write a good description of the pet’s personality you will help the possible adopter understand if this is the pet, they are looking for.
6 – Check the possible adopter
If you do not know who the adopter is, you can run a people search on them to find out more details. The people search will show you information about their activity and you will understand if they are reliable. Check if they have a history of aggressive behaviour and if they have or had other pets. By using an online tool, you can check the social media profiles of the potential adopters browse their lawsuit and civil records to understand if they respect the law and view their employment history. You want to make sure that they have the financial possibilities to care for the pet.
7 – Visit their home
You should check if their new home is comfortable enough for them. According to the specific needs of the pet, you have to see if the new accommodations are suitable for them. If the house is dirty, you should refuse the adopter.
8 – Do a trial weekend
When rehoming a pet it is important to see if the pet can bond with the new family and if the family can get used with the pet’s habits and needs. You may have the impression that you have found a great fit but sometimes the situation changes within a few days. If the family has another pet, the trial weekend will help them understand if they get along.
9 – Ask them about future involvement
If you want to be part of the pet’s life you should ask the new family if they are willing to allow you to visit them from time to time. If they agree for you to visit the pet and to send photos regularly, they are the right ones. You should also keep in mind that over time the situation may change but it will give you peace of mind to get to check the evolution of the puppies or kittens during their first months in the new home.
10 – Get a rehoming fee
Do not feel bad for asking the new family a rehoming fee. If they are willing to pay the fee, they prove to you that they will always take care of the pet and invest in their health. People consider free things as easily discarded and if they are not willing to put money into proving that they will value the pet they are not the perfect match. The rehoming fee does not have to be a large sum, it can include the costs for the vaccines and treatments the kittens or puppies had while they were in your care.