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Finding your dog an adoptive home

Published: Aug 30, 2012

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One of the most difficult situations some pet owners face comes when their life circumstances change, and for one reason or another they are no longer able to care for their canine companion. A bond between a human and a dog is very strong, and the separation will likely be difficult for both owner and pet. But there are ways that you can help your canine find a new, loving home to which she will adjust as quickly and easily as possible. Here are some tips.

The decision to give up your dog

The first step is to consider whether it's really necessary for you to give up your canine. Some problems are simply insurmountable - perhaps you need to move to a new location that doesn't allow dogs, and you have no other options. In other circumstances, you may be able to circumnavigate the problem and find a way to keep your dog in your life. For example, if you are unable to avoid medical bills for your pet, you may want to consider pet insurance. If you truly can't get around the issue, then it's time to start finding a new home.

Choosing your pet's new family

When searching for an adoptive family, consider looking amongst your friends and family. If you know someone who has already met your pet, and he or she would make a good owner and is in need of a dog, it will be a much easier transition for both you and your canine. Otherwise, you may want to see what community resources are available to you to post an advertisement for your pooch.

Interviewing adopters

Providing for a dog is a job, and like all jobs, it requires a good, solid interview. Before giving up your pet, supervise a visit with your prospective owner and observe how they treat the animal. You should also ask them general questions about pet care in a friendly way, such as inquiring, "How often do you plan on taking the dog for a walk?" This will help you ascertain whether or not they have done their research and are ready to provide care.

This is also the time to inform the prospective owners about any health problems your pet has that will need extra attention, such as diabetes mellitus in dogs or dental disease in dogs. Discuss what treatment entails and answer any questions the interviewee may have.

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