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Sometimes circumstances arise where you are unable to continue caring for an animal. If you can locate a new home on your own, you will be able to avoid taking your pet to a shelter. For best results, allow as much time as possible to find the replacement home and use your personal network of friends and family to help spread the word. Try these additional tips as well:

  • If your pet is a purebred variety (or close to it), contact a rescue group that specializes in that breed to see if they can offer support or ideas. There are rescue groups for virtually every breed of dog and cat, and most can be found through the internet. See a partial list on our Links page.
  • Place a “seeking good home” ad on in the Community section for Pets. Craigslist does not charge a fee to place pet advertisements. Remember to include the following information:
    • Age, sex, health, and spay/neuter status
    • Known tolerance limits with other animals and/or children
    • Any evaluation your pet may have had by someone who works with the breed
    • Any behavioral, crate, or house training your pet has had, especially for dogs
    • A great photo or two!
  • Create eye-catching flyers with a cute photo, and post them at places where animal lovers frequent, such as pet stores and veterinary offices.
  • Notify all friends, family members, neighbors, and co-workers that you need to rehome your pet. If you have created a flier, give them a copy. This type of networking can have very positive results and is usually the most effective method.

ARF does offer a private adoption program to assist you with finding a home for your pet. If you are interested in learning more about this program, please contact our Outreach Adoption Coordinator.


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