Re-Homing your Pet
Before you decide to give up your pet, ask yourself the real reasons you are doing it. You're moving and can't find a place that accepts pets. Moving is the most common reason why people give up their pets. It doesn't have to be this way. Unfortunately, we live in a throw-away society where we feel it's alright to get rid of something once it becomes an inconvenience. Before you considering giving up your pet because you're moving, please read the following:
- Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets. Don't be quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There'll probably be a better one available soon. You can also visit People With Pets or Moving With Pets if you live in the Southern California area and need to find a pet-friendly place to live.
- Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classifieds ads. Many landlords list their property through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartment. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they're ever advertised in the papers.
- A home that allows pets might be in a different neighborhood than you'd prefer. It might be a few more miles from work. It might not be as luxurious as you'd like. It might cost a few dollars more. Are you willing to compromise if it means being able to keep your dog or cat?
- "No Pets" doesn't always mean "no pets, period." Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don't want the hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says "no pets" doesn't mean you shouldn't go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord, "Are pets absolutely out of the question?" If he answers, "Well...," you have a chance! HINT: You'll have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone - it's harder for people to say no to your face.
- Bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog to the rental interview. Show your landlord that your dog is well-cared for and that you're a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen Certificate or other achievement certifications if your dog has them.
- Offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog.
- Bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as well as from your dog's trainer. Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.
- Use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners aren't home.
- Don't think you're being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than what he's used to. Dogs are very adaptable, they can often adjust even faster than people. Where he lives isn't as important to him as who he lives with. He wants to be with you, and he doesn't care where that is.
- Use a dog crate when you're not home or when your family doesn't want your dog underfoot. A portable kennel run can be set up in the yard for exercise and can be sold later when you have your own place and don't need it anymore.
- There are 127,000 animals put to death in Los Angeles each year.
- Most shelters are full, often putting 2 or more dogs in one kennel. Most city and county shelters will have to euthanize an animal in order to make room for yours coming in.
- At city and county shelters, dogs are generally given 5 working days to be adopted… if your dog is not adopted in this time, it will be put to sleep.
- All shelters are full of young and older dogs, purebred and mixed, sweet and shy… don't assume your dog will be easily placed just because he's cute, trained or has a great personality. Even if you relinquish your pet to a private shelter like Karma Rescue, keep in mind that kennel life is extremely stressful for them while they're waiting for a new home.
- When you adopted or bought your pet, you took on the responsibility of that animal for the rest of its life. Remember that a dog is an actual life - not a piece of furniture to be given away when it no longer fits. Dogs are such wonderful, compassionate, giving souls… we hope you find it in your heart to keep your pet.
- Only 1 in every 10 dogs born finds a permanent home!
- One 1 in every 12 cats born finds a permanent home!
- At any given time, there are approximately 40,000 strays wandering the streets.