Spud is in need of a home. He is a 9 year old rat terrier with a wonderful personality. He's needing to lose a couple of pounds, but with some consistent exercise he should be at around 20lbs. He is well mannered and knows many commands already. House and crate trained, neutered, and current on his vaccinations. He's ready to go! Contact the Humane Society of Northwest Iowa in Milford, IA to complete an adoption application.
Most people consider their pets to be family. We take pictures of our pets, give them special treats and buy them the most comfortable doggy bed we can find. Some people consider their pet a best friend, confidante, or exercise buddy. Some people have pets that are used for working or hunting. Whatever your reason for having a pet, there may come a time when you are no longer able to keep your furry friend. ''Stuff'' happens in our lives and we may feel as though we can no longer keep Fido or Fluffy. What would you do if this happened to you?
First and foremost, be honest with yourself. Why do you no longer feel you can be this pets care giver? Has Fido chewed up one too many couches? Has Fluffy missed the litter box for the 10th consecutive day? Are these problems that could be fixed if you had the proper education or tools? Schedule a visit with your veterinarian to make sure your animal is not ill or suffering. Try taking your pet to a behaviorist or possibly some obedience classes or even getting online to get some education to use to fix the problem. Sometimes there are simple things that we can do to stop poor behavior in our pets. Maybe your dog is showing signs of aggression, whether it be to humans or other animals, if this is the case aggression towards humans is not something that you should take lightly and a behaviorist should be consulted. Never re-home any animal that has aggression towards humans if the problem cannot be fixed. The animal should be euthanized for everyone's safety. Sometimes people are moving and feel that they can not take their animal with them. Their new place of residence may not allow pets or have a restriction on the number of pets, type of pet, or breed. If you need some help finding pet friendly housing, call your local animal shelter, they may have a list of landlords that allow pets on their property. Some people feel that when a baby comes along they can no longer take care of their pet. Dogs, cats and babies can live together peacefully. The humans need to keep a watchful eye on the pets to maintain safety with the baby. There is a lot of information out there as to what you need to do when you bring a new baby into your home with existing pets. Often times people will say, "I just don't have the time for a pet anymore, it's not fair to the pet to have to be home all day by itself." Your pet sleeps up to 16 hours a day and their activity depends on the level of activity in your home. Set up a camera sometime when you're not home to see what your dog does. He sleeps. If you truly feel you need to re-home for your pet, here are some simple things to do that can help you accomplish that goal. Talk to friends, family, and neighbors. Let them know that you have an animal that you need to re-home. Get some good pictures of your pet, add their physical information such as age, weight, breed and other medical information. Are they spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations, wormed and on heartworm or flea prevention medication? A description of their personality. Are they active, quiet, independent or a velcro dog? Are they good with kids, other dogs, cats, etc. As much information as you can give to ensure a good match with the new home. Put up posters and flyers on bulletin boards around your town. You could also email your contacts and ask those to forward it on to their contacts, spreading the word that your pet needs a new home. Put it on your Facebook page and ask your friends to share your post. Somebody out there might be looking for a new pet. Contact veterinary offices, boarding facilities, kennels, let them know or give them a poster of the animal you're trying to re-home. You could even post on Craigslist. I know that this is a very hot topic with many animal lovers, however, Craigslist is not a sentence to death. Craigslist is a place where anyone and everyone can go to find something that they're looking for. It is up to you to make a good judgment and do your homework to research who you're sending your pet home with. When you get an inquiry from any of these resources, do your homework! Talk to the people on the phone, meet them in person if possible. Go to their home and visit them. Charging a re-homing fee does not insure a good home. Your ability to decipher, to ask questions, and to hear responses honestly are what's going to help you find your pet a good home. Keep all of this information that you get from your new pet owner so you can check up on them. When you have exhausted all of these efforts, contact a shelter or rescue and let them know what you've tried so far. They may be willing to take the dog immediately, put you on a waiting list as space allows, or possibly do a courtesy listing on their Facebook page or website. Re-homing an animal is going to take time. Don't wait until you can no longer keep the pet before you begin your search. Babies give you 9 months advance notice, and most of the time when you are moving, that decision gives you at least 1 month if not more. Be proactive and take the responsibility to ensure your pet has a good home.