FINDING A NEW HOME FOR YOUR CAT OR DOG
Sometimes events happen that require you to find a new home for your beloved cat or dog. Make sure your pet is responsibly re-homed using the tips below.
You are the best advocate for your pet. You are the one who can best represent your cat or dog as you can tell prospective adopters your pet's wonderful qualities and their quirks. Your best bet for finding a wonderful home for your pet is to use your own network. Think of your friends, relatives, neighbors and work colleagues. In reaching out to them, also ask them to reach out to their own network of friends and families. Additional steps can include posting flyers at your veterinarian's office, at retirement communities, and at pet food stores.
A good flyer will include:
the name, age, and breed, of your pet.
give enough information on your pet's personality so that someone will be intrigued enough to contact you
your general location
good photos are critical, you can find tips online for how to take photos of pets
include your phone number and email address
If your pet has behavior issues, those are best discussed on the phone or in person. Include your phone number and email address. And most importantly, respond to all inquiries as you never know when a conversation will lead to a connection and a home for your pet.
One of the most effective ways to find a new home for your pet is to post on NextDoor.com. This is an online community of neighbors who help each other out. We've had great success finding new homes for pets via NextDoor. Again, post a great photos, your contact information, and the positive details about your pet. If you have family or friends living in other cities, ask them to post to their local NextDoor community in order to increase the reach of your post.
There are other websites that allow owners to post their pets for adoption.
ARE YOU CONSIDERING SURRENDERING A CAT OR DOG BECAUSE OF HOUSING ISSUES?
We know that affordable housing that allows animals can be challenging to find but we encourage anyone who does not wish to part with their pets to try to find housing that will let you remain a family.
The following are some resources:
Cat-Friendly apartments in San Jose
More cat-friendly apartments in Silicon Valley
Dog-friendly apartments in San Jose
Zillow: Pet-friendly apartments in San Jose
Trulia: Pet-friendly apartments in San Jose
Pad Mapper: Pet-friendly apartments in San Jose
ARE YOU CONSIDERING SURRENDERING A PET FOR ALLERGIES, BEHAVIOR, SOILING OR SCRATCHING?
Here are resources to help you work with you and your pet to prevent the need for surrendering:
Behavior and Training (HSSV)
ARE YOU CONSIDERING SURRENDERING A PET DUE TO FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS?
There are programs that can help you keep your pet fed, healthy and most importantly with you in your home:
Humane Society Silicon Valley's Pet Pantry
provides food to owners who cannot afford to feed their pets
The RedRover Relief program
provides financial and emotional support to good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets. www.redrover.org
Rose's fund recognizes that all animals deserve a chance. To the best of their ability they work to financially assist pet owners and good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life, but are at a financial loss. No one should ever have to choose between medical care and euthanizing their pet.
Can Karma Cat Rescue take my pet?
We get many phone calls and emails from worried owners like you who need to re-home their beloved pet. As a foster-based rescue, we focus our limited resources on saving animals facing euthanasia in the San Jose shelter - the cats and dogs that don't already have families who love and care for them. While we do have foster homes, they are consistently full. In fact, the leadership of Karma Cat Rescue often has foster cats and dogs in our own spare bedrooms and bathrooms. We rarely have the capacity to take in pets from the community.