You are your pet’s best chance of finding a new loving home. It will be much better for your pet to go from your home directly to a new home rather than coming into the SPCA. Remember it may take a bit of time, but ultimately your pet will be much better off. Here are some steps to follow:
- Make sure your pet is spayed and neutered and up to date on its vaccines. If you need help, click here. It will be much easier to find your pet a new home if the new adopter does not have to take care of these basic needs. It is also a requirement to post your pet on our website.
- Take a few photos of your pet. Remember — a picture is worth a thousand words. Make sure your picture is clear and shows the good nature of your pet. Videos are great, too.
- Write a short paragraph describing your pet and the type of home that would be a good match for him/her.
- Share all of the above information with all of your family, friends, and neighbors and all your online friends on Facebook and Twitter and let them know why you must find your pet a new home. Often through word of mouth (a friend of a friend) you will find the perfect home.
- Place an ad in the newspaper or on the Craigslist.org pet section; the ad should be short and if possible include a picture. Be very careful when reviewing responses and potential adopters. Conduct a home visit with a friend and ask for references.
- Contact local rescue groups. Local rescue are more willing to help you find a home for your pet if you would be willing to foster your pet temporarily, so if you are able to do so let them know right up front. Even if you are unable to foster, many rescues may be able to place your pet in a foster home so they do not have to go into the shelter environment.