When you have to re-home your pet

May 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Re-homing your pet can be a very heart-breaking process. Here are 5 steps that you can take to ease you and your pet's transition to a new home.

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Prior to making the decision to re-home your pet, you will first want to prepare yourself and your pet with a checklist of items that you require and your pet needs. Preparing a list of items that your pet requires of a new home will help you find the best home for him.

Here are a few items to consider when preparing you and your pet:dog

  • Do they prefer one owner or a family?
  • Are they kid friendly?
  • Does your pet shed?
  • Are they used to an active lifestyle?
  • Do they need a large backyard?
  • Food type
  • Prior problems/discipline issues with the pet


Before advertising your pet you will first want to ensure that he or she is ready to meet the perspective owners. Take a trip to the vet to ensure that his or her vaccinations are up-to-date and spay or neuter the pet if they aren't fixed already. In addition, schedule a grooming appointment to make them pretty and presentable for their new pet parents.



When looking to re-home your pet, it is best to start with friends, family members, and co-workers. Finding someone that you know and already have a trusting connection with will help with the transition later. If no one is interested, check out your local pet store as many have adoptions over the weekends. From here look into rescue shelters, newspaper advertising, or online sites such as aspca.com.


Meet and greet

Before choosing a permanent home for your pet, schedule a meet and greet with the perspective owner, yourself, and your pet. Seeing them interact will help your feelings towards the transition, and will also help your pet ease into their new home. Scheduling a few meetings outside of the home and a few inside will be the best for your pet and his or her new owners.



Once you've decided on the new owner and you all feel comfortable to move forward, transition your pet into his or her new home. Schedule a time to take them to the new home, with their belongings, and say goodbye. As hard as it may be, Cesarsway.com recommends that you not visit your pet again as it can be more traumatic for you and the pet. Say good-bye for good and ask for pictures rather than in-person visits.

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