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Published: Jan 21, 2013

Pet loss is never a pleasant experience, but it doesn't always mean that a pet has passed away. Sometimes, an owner is forced to give up a pet because he or she can no longer provide the care that the animal needs. If this sounds like a familiar circumstance, you must think carefully about how you will find a new home where your animal companion can thrive.

Reasons for giving up a pet
When you adopt an animal, you should plan on keeping that pet for his entire lifespan. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances may interfere with your ability to be a full-time pet owner. For example, you may meet a new partner who is severely allergic to cats, or perhaps you've received a promotion at your job that will require you to move overseas or to a location where pets are not allowed. If you truly cannot think of a way around your circumstance, then it may be best to find a new home for your animal companion.

Think twice about your decision
Owning a pet isn't always easy, but part of being a successful companion to an animal is working through any challenges that may arise. It's unacceptable to get rid of a pet simply because he has become a mild inconvenience, so it's important to keep your head up during the difficult times, such as puppy training or when your cat has diarrhea. If your pet has a medical issue that is costly, then you may want to look into pet insurance to help cover his bills instead of deciding to get rid of the animal outright.

Finding a new home
If you have decided that there's simply no way you can keep your animal companion, then it's your responsibility to find him a new and loving home. There are several ways to go about this. First, you may want to reach out to family and friends who would make good pet owners, especially if they already have a relationship with your animal. If this isn't an option, then you can get in touch with a local animal shelter to inquire about foster family services, or simply ask them to list your pet as available for adoption. Some owners may choose to list their animal on websites like, but if you take this route, make sure you interview prospective adopters to make sure they know how to properly care for an animal.