Rehoming Your Pet
For the pet owner who truly loves and cares about their pet, the decision to find it another home is never easy. Sometimes life situations, such as failing health, loss of a job, etc., make it difficult to keep a pet. Unfortunately, D.A.R.E. is rarely able to take a surrendered pet, but we want to provide you with the tools necessary to find the best home possible for your beloved pet. Please view the suggestions below that will help you with this difficult task.
1. If you can rehome your pet yourself, we encourage you to do so. Here are some suggestions:
- Take some awesome pictures or videos of your pet. Ask a friend or family member to help you.
- Write up a heartwarming story, including cool things about your pet. Include any vetting that has been done.
- Post picture and videos on Facebook and ask friends and family to share. Encourage them to help you find a good home.
- As people contact you, you can use our useful information to help you screen potential adopters.
- We recommend spaying or neutering your pet before adoption. We can suggest low cost options. If you can not afford to have it done, we encourage you to at least charge an adoption fee to cover the cost of the spay/neuter. This is the only way we will stop Pet Overpopulation!
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2. If you own a specific breed pet, you may be able to place it with a breed rescue group. You can do an internet search for your particular breed, such as Lab Rescue, Pit Bull Rescue, etc. If you choose to place your pet with any rescue, please check them out thoroughly! Look at their website, review their foster/adoption requirements, read their foster/adoption applications, adoption contracts, etc. Make sure they do home visits. Ask if pets are kept in foster homes or a shelter environment. Ask if there are limits on the number of pets fosters can keep in their homes. If you decide to place your pet with a rescue, D.A.R.E. recommends transporting your pet to see the foster home for yourself or to make contact with a board member, foster parent, etc.
CAUTION: All rescues are not created equally! For the sake of your pet, do your homework. If you feel uncomfortable with a rescue, trust your judgment. We ask that you do your best to place your pet, but if you are unable to do so, you may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back with you as soon as we can.
3. If you own a mixed breed pet, you may be able to place it with an animal rescue group that accepts mixed breeds. Please follow the same recommendations that are listed in paragraph 2 above.
4. If you do not have the time to find a home for your pet yourself or search for a reputable animal rescue, the local animal shelter is an option. They can be reached at 229-671-2760. Please be aware: They are not the Humane Society. Due to the very high volume of animals that are surrendered to the animal shelter, sadly many are euthanized.
5. If you are finding another home for your pet because of behavioral issues, please ask your veterinarian for advice. There is an animal behaviorist at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl. that can often help solve many behavioral issues. There are local dog trainers that can help with obedience and training. Do research on the internet.
If you care about your pet, we hope you will make every effort to find it the best home possible. Their life is in your hands.
REMEMBER – No matter what your situation, there is never an excuse to abandon your pet beside the road, at a business, in the woods, in a neighborhood, at someone’s house, etc.!!! Please don’t put your responsibility on someone else. Abandonment is a crime!!!