Need to find a new home for your dog?
Rogers' Rescues is a small rescue, and we do not have a shelter. We have relationships with high-kill shelters and pull dogs from there into our foster homes. We are generally not able to accept owner surrenders, unless the dog came originally from Rogers' Rescues. We're all volunteers who love dogs, and it's quite difficult for us to have to tell people no--but we simply don't have space for the number of dogs who need homes.
If you adopted your dog from Rogers' Rescues and are having problems or need to return your dog, please fill out a post-adoptions team inquiry.
The information below is edited from https://www.petrescue.com.au/library/articles/help-i-need-to-rehome-my-pet.
If you would like to contact us about surrendering a dog even though we don't take local owner surrenders, please use this form.
Do you really have to give up your pet?
Be honest with yourself, is there something else you can do to help you keep your pet? If the reason is because of behavioral problems or change of circumstances, there are ways to overcome these issues without giving up your pet.
Here are the most common reasons for surrendering a pet and some solutions that might help you keep yours.
There are rental houses out there that allow pets, you just need to put in a some time and effort to find them. Widening your search can also help. It may mean a longer drive to work, but at least you'll be able to keep your furry best friend!
Try posting an ad on craigslist and posting on Facebook, with an adorable photo of your pet(s). Potential landlords are more likely to rent to you if they can see that your pet is adorable and taken care of. To give yourself a better chance of securing a pet-friendly rental, prepare a Pet CV, include a record of your pet's medical history, training certificates and references from neighbors, previous landlords and veterinarians. Don't rely on rental ads, often landlords will consider pets if you approach them directly or find a real estate agent that will help you. Offer to sign an agreement to define appropriate behavior for your pet on the rental premises. Encourage the owner/landlord to meet your well-behaved, well-groomed flea-free pet – meeting your furry housemate might just clinch the deal.
I don’t have enough time for the dog
Pets require time and effort, but probably not as much as you think.
Dog walking services and doggie daycares are relatively inexpensive, but getting exercise is good for your health and well-being too. Taking just half an hour to get out and about with your dog before and/or after work will work wonders for both of you.
Cats and dogs can also benefit from environmental enrichment. Setting aside a few minutes each day to make their lives more interesting could make a big difference to their behavior.
I’m having a baby
When introduced correctly, there shouldn't be any problems with your pet and new baby. Here are some useful resources on bringing a baby into a home with pets.
Introducing your dog to your baby- Victoria Stillwell
We have an allergy problem
There are some wonderful products on the market that will help keep you healthy and allergy free, so surrendering your pet for adoption could be the last option. It certainly shouldn’t be your physician's first recommendation.
Look for a physician who will be sensitive to your feelings and do everything possible, within reason, to help you keep your pet and stay healthy. Look for a groomer who can help you reduce shedding and keep your pet's coat in tip-top shape!
My pet has behavior problems
If your pet is badly behaved, it’s highly unlikely that anyone else is going to want to take it on. Most pet behavior problems are easily managed with a consistent, positive approach. Before you rehome your pet, get advice from a qualified trainer or speak to your vet or speak to a veterinary behaviorist.Always be totally upfront about behavioral problems when you’re dealing with potential adopters. Misinforming can leave you open to legal prosecution. If your dog displays signs of aggression or behaviors that may lead to aggression, you must understand that you are putting others at risk. No matter how much you love your dog, if he has ever bitten anyone you need to take him to a professional trainer for assessment and rehabilitation.
Never advertise your pet as a guard dog, as they may be neglected, abused or used for dog fighting. We know it’s a very hard decision to make, but putting a dangerous dog to sleep is often the safest and most responsible thing to do.
The reality of shelters and pounds
Simply put, animals in shelters can be euthanized. In many cases, pets that have been given up by their owners can be euthanized immediately with no attempt to rehome. Cats are especially at risk in shelters with 56% of all cats entering a shelter being killed.
Shelters often euthanize to make space for new pets arriving every day. Some are so busy your pet could be killed the same day it arrives. Others may have waiting lists several months long, as they can only take in new pets when existing ones are rehomed.
Use Petfinder to contact as many rescue groups and shelters in your area as you can. You are likely to find they are already over their capacity and unable to take any more animals, you may be able to wait until there is a foster carer available but don't rest all your hopes on a rescue finding your pet a home for you.
If they know you’ve done everything you possibly can to find your pet a new home, some rescue groups and shelters may try and help you. So, be sure to put in a good effort before asking for their assistance, and offer to help whatever way you can--make a donation, offer to foster until your pet finds a home, etc.
The best way to rehome your pet is to do it yourself
Doing it yourself is the only way you can be sure your pet goes to a really great home and will be cared for.
Getting ready to rehome your pet
1. Give yourself plenty of time
There are dogs and cats that have been sitting in shelters for months waiting for the right home, so you have to accept that it can take a long while to find a pet a home. Give yourself plenty of time to place your pet responsibly, seeking out the right family who are willing to care for them for life.
2. Call the person you got the pet from
Make your first call to the breeder, rescue, or person you originally got your pet from. Responsible breeders will either assist you in finding a new home, or take the pet back to rehome themselves. Many rescues also state in their contracts that the pet must be returned to them, no matter how much time has passed.
3. If your pet can’t be returned, evaluate their adoption potential
When considering putting your pet up for adoption, you need to be realistic. If your pet is old, a large breed dog, has health issues, or is aggressive, it will take a long time to find a new home, possibly many months. Realise that rehoming will be more challenging.
4. Identify the ideal home for your pet
Make a list of what you feel is most important for your pet. What kind of environment does he need? Is he ok with children? Is he OK with other pets? What kind of people would suit his personality and energy levels?
Once you have a firm idea of what you're looking for, it will be easier to plan your search and get the results you want for your pet.
Getting your pet ready to be rehomed
1. Get your pet spayed or neutered
If you have no records or knowledge of your pet being spayed or neutered, make sure this is the first thing you do. Why? Aside from the usual health reasons for spaying and neutering, there are people out there who will just want to use your pet for breeding purposes, and these are NOT the people you want to take care of your family member! There are also people who will want to use your dog for dogfighting, and spayed/neutered dogs are less desirable for these purposes.
Breeding dogs often receive little or no medical care, they’re kept penned, are over-bred until deemed unusable and then they’re disposed of. These puppy mills target both cross-breed and purebred dogs, but small breeds such as Maltese and popular breeds like Labradors are especially sought after.
Make sure your pet doesn’t meet this fate. Eliminate all bogus callers by having your pet altered and advertising it as such. If you’re unable to afford the cost of the surgery, there are many organisations offering discount programs.
2. Get your pet’s health checked
Your pet will be much more appealing to adopters if he's healthy. So book him in for a full health check at the vet and make sure he’s up to date with his vaccinations (and heartworm treatment for dogs). Ask your vet for a printout of his medical history and start a folder of information about your pet.
A bathed pet with trimmed nails, clean ears and a well-groomed coat is much more desirable to potential adopters than a smelly, messy-looking one. So get out your grooming tools or get down to the grooming parlour.
4. Prepare a pet profile
Look at the pet listings on Petfinder to get an idea of how to write a great pet profile. It needs to be positive, feature the best things about your pet and give people an idea of your pet's personality.
- Accurately describe the appearance, size and age of your pet
- Include the pet's name and a good photograph
- Mention that the pet is spayed/neutered
- Describe his/her nature and appealing qualities
- Define any limitations the pet might have (e.g. not good with cats or small children)
- Don't forget your phone number and the times you can be reached
5. Take a great photo!
While your pet is clean and freshly groomed, take his photo to place on posters and websites. A good photo plays a big part in helping potential adopters connect with your pet, so make sure your pet is relaxed and doesn't look anxious or scared.
Keep the photograph simple. Ideally, the pet should be looking at the camera, with a focus on the face and eyes. Discard any photos with red eye as it makes the pet look possessed!
6. Prepare a general history
Add a profile of your pet’s history to their file, including details about their food preferences, favourite treats and toys, relationships with other animals and other likes and dislikes. All this information will help potential adopters get acquainted with the pet and make the transition to a new home much easier for your pet too.
Advertising your pet
To give your pet’s advertisement maximum exposure, make use of all the available resources.
Family members and friends first
Some of the best homes are with people who already know and like your pet. Friends and family may be willing to offer your pet a new home, so ask around your immediate circle first.
Facebook and social media
Post your pet's photo and profile on Facebook. Give a brief explanation of why you have to rehome your pet. Don't threaten (e.g., if he's not rehomed tomorrow he's going to the pound), don't bribe, and stay positive. Ask your friends and family to share the post as widely as they can.
Out and about
Do you visit a dog park? Ask around to find out if anyone is looking for a new pet. If your pet stays at a boarding kennel when you go on vacation, call them to see if they can ask around. Ask your vet, ask neighbours. Dog groomers and dog walkers are also good contacts to find out who’s looking for a new pet. Ask pretty much everyone you deal with on a daily basis – you never know who might come forward!
Don't be afraid to use classified ads to advertise your pet. For many people seeking a pet, craigslist or the newspaper is the first place they look. Be sure to mention your pet is spayed or neutered to ensure you only receive inquiries from people genuinely seeking a family companion.
If you're a member of a church, club or group, ask if you can place an advert in their newsletter.
Put up flyers in your local supermarkets, vets and community centers. Email a flyer to all of your friends and ask them to post it. Some rescue groups will also allow you to display a flyer at their premises for free, or in exchange for a small donation.
You have every right to screen all potential new owners who inquire about your pet. Don't let anyone rush or intimidate you. Think of it as an adoption, not a sale. Choose the person you think will make the best companion for your pet.
If someone responds to your ad, you should screen them over the phone before introducing them to the animal. This will help you rule out any unsuitable adopters early on.
To start, you might say: "This dog/cat is very special to me, and I am looking for just the right home for him/her. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions about yourself and your home?"
Let all applicants know you will be checking references and need to speak to their vet (if they've had pets before).
Once you've chosen a family (or families) that you feel are good candidates, arrange two meetings with the potential new owners – the first appointment for them to meet the pet, and the second for you to see their home.
We strongly advise that you do not hand over your pet until you've seen the adopter’s living arrangements. It's all too easy for people to tell you what you want to hear, rather than how it actually is. By seeing their home you’ll be able to gauge their suitability as an owner.
Trust your instincts. If you have any concerns, don't be afraid to discuss them or to reject them. To make a non-confrontational exit, tell them other people are also interested in meeting your pet and that you'll get back to them.
Update your pet's microchip details, vet records, and dog license.
Notes on rehoming a stray
If you find a stray animal, first you need to find out if it has an owner. If you rehome a pet that isn't homeless, you are effectively selling stolen goods.
Contact a veterinarian or animal shelter to seek advice and information about the legal requirements for handling found pets in your area.