It is a huge decision to give away your pet, no matter how long or brief the period of time of ownership. Remember, for whatever reason you no longer are choosing to keep this pet, YOU are the person in this world who loves your pet more than anyone else and YOU no longer want your pet! First ask yourself if there is anything about your pet behaviorally or personality-wise that could be worked on in order for you to keep him. It is exceedingly difficult to find good, permanent homes for adolescent or adult animals (as you are finding out first-hand). There are a few things you need to do to be responsible and caring until the last possible moment:
• Take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up, vaccinations, and, most importantly spaying/neutering! If you were thinking that your pet might make a good breeding animal, STOP! Why breed from an animal that no one wants anymore? Why make more unwanted animals in a world where even great pets don’t remain very long in their first homes? You want someone to adopt your pet as a COMPANION, not because it might make a good or profitable breeding animal. You are much more apt to find a responsible, permanent home by placing an already sterilized pet. Get it done: it’s the least you can do, and the best thing you can do.
• Spaying and neutering also reduces the risk your pet will run away from its next home, and helps to insure that your pet won’t urine mark his new home and thus become quickly unwanted again!
• If your pet is already spayed or neutered, and has not bitten anyone, try to find a new home for your pet through advertising. Place a classified ad in your local newspaper, and screen any callers carefully. Be completely honest about all your pet’s behaviors, good and bad. No pet is perfect, and people are more likely to adopt a pet they know about, for better or worse. When screening callers, tell every caller that someone has already come to look at your pet, but you are still taking names and telephone numbers and references, in case, so you can call them back. This gives you an instant out if you think the caller is not right for your pet, and hurts no one’s feelings.
• Take a few good, color photos and make some posters. Include your pet’s name (it personalizes him…) and include his best traits, his most endearing qualities, and some guidelines for the best possible home: i.e., no small kids, someone who’s home a lot, no other pets, good for experienced dog owner, etc.
• Be careful in choosing an animal shelter. Visit the kennels, meet the staff, and familiarize yourself with the shelter’s policies. A No Kill policy might look good at first, but not if your dog will end up living out his life in the kennels. Dogs can deteriorate emotionally and mentally very quickly in a shelter, even a good shelter, and no dog should suffer that kind of stress endlessly, month after month, living in a concrete kennel run, hoping for that magical, perfect home.
• If your pet is aggressive, or has nipped or bitten someone, EVER, then please get a professional behavioral evaluation before giving away your pet. Check with state and local laws, too, about liability in re-homing a pet with prior knowledge of aggression. Do not try to find a new home for an aggressive animal without professional help.
• If your pet has a behavior problem, he’ll take it with him to the next home. Many problems are workable, or at least manageable. Contact a trainer or behavior counselor and see if it’s not possible to work things out so you can keep your pet.
Adoption and Microchip Specials
For the month of May, HSCAZ is running an adoption special, as well as a microchip special. Adoption fees are just $25 for approved adopters. Microchips will be available for just $25 (registration included). The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street off McLane Road. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays.
Harley is a spunky young heeler with energy to burn! He is friendly with people and eager to please, but could use some basic training. From what we can tell, Harley has not had much experience being on a leash, but his leash manners are improving with practice. He is typically bossy when meeting new dogs, but much more relaxed and friendly in the presence of familiar, easygoing dogs.
Marty is a talkative boy who likes to have a project! He is friendly, but easily distracted — especially by new smells. Marty has a high energy level, and will likely require regular exercise. He is friendly with dogs, but makes a lot of noise when excited, so tolerant dog friends are recommended.
Balou is a young guy with lots of energy and love to give. He is partially potty trained and likes to go for walks. Balou will need to go to a home with someone who has a lot of time to spend with him. His favorite thing is hanging out with people. He gets along well with other smaller dogs that are friendly and playful.
Zoey is an easygoing girl who loves to be loved, and loves to give love. Zoey has spent some time playing with a small dog, and will do fine in a home with a friendly, smaller dog or cat. She may take a little time to warm up, but once she does she will have fun playing. She is used to having a special type of cat litter called “Yesterdays News” by Purina. She has been using this litter since she was a kitten and will not use any other litter. Yesterdays News Cat Litter is made from recycled newspaper and is three times more absorbent than normal clay litter for efficient odor control. It is also less messy than normal litter and works best for her since she is declawed. Zoey is an affectionate girl and would do best in a quiet home.
Venus is a very sweet girl who is pretty easygoing. She came in as a stray with her sister Serena. Venus loves her wet food and also enjoys ear scratches and belly rubs. She is litter box trained and is a clean girl. She likes to play with kitty toys and is pretty affectionate.
Robin is an easygoing cat who gets along with everyone. He is affectionate and enjoys naps on comfy beds. He loves other cats and would do great in a home with another cat.