There are many different situations that can lead to pet owners surrendering their loved family pet. Here’s some help, advice and solutions that may help you and your pet stay together.
I need short or long-term crisis care for my pet
If you’re about to go into hospital or a care facility for treatment, or have experienced an unfortunate temporary change in circumstances, there are a few options that will help you and your pet through this difficult time. Find out more about the crisis care options for your pet.
I’m moving house
Don’t take rental property ads literally when they state ‘no pets’, often landlords will consider pets if you approach them directly, or find a real estate agent that will help you.
To give yourself a better chance of securing a rental, prepare a Pet CV, include a record of your pet’s medical history, training certificates and references from neighbours, previous landlords and veterinarians.
Offer to sign an agreement to define appropriate behaviour 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. Dogs need exercise, food and, most importantly, time just being near you.
Dog walking services 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 behaviour. Just google ‘pet enrichment ideas’ and you’ll find plenty of inspiration.
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.
Tell Your Dog You’re Pregnant – by Dr Lewis Kirkham
Cats and Bubs – Tips form Dr Katrina Warren
Introducing Your Newborn Babies to Your Fur Babies
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.
My pet has behaviour problems
If your pet is badly behaved, it’s highly unlikely that anyone else is going to want to take it on.
Most pet behaviour problems are managed or overcome with the right support and approach. Before you re-home your pet, get advice from one of our qualified trainers or speak to your vet or a veterinarian behaviourist.
My dog is aggressive
If your dog displays signs of aggression or behaviours 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.