How to Give Up a Dog You Can't Take Care Of

by Ella Miller
Plan carefully before placing your buddy in a new home.

Plan carefully before placing your buddy in a new home.

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Our animal friends who we invite into our lives deserve our commitment to care for them for their lifetimes. With their unconditional love and affection, we owe nothing but the best to them. Sometimes life requires making difficult decisions. If you have carefully thought over your choices and absolutely cannot keep your dog, rehome him with careful planning. Keep in mind that rehoming your dog should not be a decision that is taken lightly.

Call on Trusted Friends and Family Members

Make a list of trusted friends and family members you can call to see if they would like to adopt or foster your dog. Only call on people who have a sense of responsibility and who you know will give your dog a good home.
Do not make a mistake that could lead to misery for your dog by listing an ad online or in a newspaper that allows your dog to go "free to a good home." Simply giving away your dog to the first person who responds is irresponsible. This person is a stranger and it is unknown what kind of life your dog will live once he leaves with this person. Also, don't leave your dog in an abandoned house or simply leave him to fend for himself outside, hoping that someone will come along and take him in. All dogs deserve more than this.

Contact Animal Rescue Groups and Humane Societies

Call animal rescue groups and humane societies in your area. It is best to do this as far in advance as you possibly can. With careful planning, these groups may be able to find a home for Max before he has to spend his days and nights in a cramped metal cage. Humane societies and rescue groups are often overrun with animals waiting for loving homes, so keep in mind that waiting until the last minute will not be in your furry friend's best interest. Do not make the mistake of simply dropping him off at a local shelter. Many animal control facilities and animal shelters euthanize animals if they haven't been adopted within a small window of time.

Post a Flyer in Your Dog's Veterinarian's Office

Post a flyer with your contact information in your dog's veterinarian's office. Many veterinarian offices have bulletin boards for this reason. Other loving pet owners may see the flyer. Include a photo showing off how sweet and adorable your cuddly friend is! Write a short paragraph that tells a bit more about him. Include whether he is good with kids and other animals.

Application

Print an adoption application for potential adopters to fill out if you decide to choose a new family for Max yourself instead of letting a rescue group or humane society make this important decision. You can get an application like this from your local humane society. You may want to conduct an in-home visit to see where he will spend his life from now on before handing him over to his new family. Many rescue groups call veterinarians for references to ensure that the dog will be getting good veterinary care in the event that he needs it.

Saying Goodbye

Gather all of your furry friend's toys, bedding, food bowls and veterinary records to give to the new family or rescue group. Saying goodbye is the hardest part. If you have taken good measures to make sure he ends up with a loving family, it will give you peace of mind and ensure a high quality of life for your buddy.

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About the Author

Ella Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for more than six years. She has firsthand experience volunteering with animal rescue nonprofit organizations. Miller studies journalism with a minor in animal science at Middle Tennessee State University. She is also a licensed cosmetologist.

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