are several questions that you will need to ask yourself when
deciding whether or not to give up your dog.
The first and most important is do you really have to give
him/her up? There is
a big difference between being forced to give up your Shar Pei and
voluntarily giving him/her up.
This is the time to do some honest soul searching as to the
reasoning behind your decision to rehome your dog.
Try to imagine how your dog is going to adjust. Would you
consider re-homing a child? Not likely! Is there something you
could do to change the situation that would enable you to keep
your pet? Would
someone else be able to live with your pet in its current state?
remember that shelters and humane societies were never created to
be a drop off for unwanted pets.
Chances are that if a shelter was to accept your pet there
is a good chance it will never find a good home and will
eventually be put down only after it has experienced the worst
time of its life.
Call your dog’s breeder:
you do anything else it is important that you check with the
person you bought the dog from.
You may have signed an agreement that states you cannot
dispose of the animal without consent.
This may also be true if you got the dog from a shelter or
rescue service. If
you don’t know who the breeder is there are a couple to things
you can do to try and find out, check the registration papers if
you have them or if the animal is micro chipped, contact the CKC/AKC
with the number and they should be able to help you out.
Most reputable breeders will take a dog back or help you
rehome the dog.
2. Evaluate your
dog’s adoption potential:
is the time to be honest with
yourself and what is it that you cannot live with in regards to
this animal? Will
someone else be able to live with it or are you trying to
give your problem to someone else.
Most people don’t want used goods especially a poorly
behaved or ill dog. What
kind of impression would s/he make when first meeting a
potentially new owner? Would
you want to adopt him?
up a list of positive things about your dog, good with kids, house
trained, gets along with other dogs.
Now make up a list of not so positive things, not good with
cats, dislikes strangers, any health concerns,
3. Getting your dog
is important that your dog look his/her best for a potential new
owner. Making sure
the animal is bathed, nails and ears done and up-to-date
vaccinations also need to be looked after.
If your animal has not been spayed or neutered now is the
time to do it. By
spaying or neutering your animal you will help to ensure that they
will not end up in a puppy mill or with a dog broker.
No one wants this to happen to their family pet.
a classified ad is the best way to reach the largest number of
people, done properly
this is very effective. The
first thing you should decide is the amount of the adoption fee.
Don’t advertise that your dog is free. It has been proven that
when things are given away they are not appreciated or looked
after as well as something that has been earned or paid for.
The adoption fee also needs to be within a reasonable
range, $150.00 - $200.00, should be enough to offset your
advertising and veterinary costs,
remember you are adopting out “used goods” you can’t
expect to get as much as a new puppy would cost.
Your goal should be to get the best home possible not make
money on this deal. If
possible don’t include a dollar amount in your ad simply say
“adoption fee required”.
description should include: breed
(Chinese Shar Pei), sex, colour, age ( under 2 list the age in
months, older than 3 list as young adult).
Go back to your list of positive points and emphasize his
good points, house broken, well mannered, loves kids etc.
Now is the time to emphasize his good points but don’t
exaggerate either, just because the dog knows his name does not
make him well trained. Include what your requirements are for his new home, fenced
yard, no cats, kids over 10 years of age. This is where you may
want to list some of those not so positive things from your list.
Try to say these things in a positive way so not to turn
people off, “should be only pet” sounds better than
“doesn’t like other animals”, or “dog aggressive”.
Another thing you may want to include in your ad that
references are required, this tells people that you’re being
selective and potential puppy millers or dog brokers won’t
bother to enquire.
ad may read something like this: Chinese Shar-Pei,
this beautiful red young adult neutered male
is looking for loving family with fenced yard, best with
children over 10, references and adoption fee required. Call
Susan after 6 p.m. 555-1234 e-mail: email@example.com
with advertising in your local paper, look at advertising in
papers that are 1 – 2 hours drive from your home.
Sunday papers draw the most readers.
Nearly all communities have a small budget newspaper that
comes out 1-2 times a month.
Don’t get discouraged it may take up to a month or more
to connect with the right person
most people give up too soon.
Be selective, remember you need to find the best possible
home for your dog.
are just one way to advertise. Now that you have your ad take a
cute photo of your dog and have copies made.
Duplicating photo ad’s can cost as little as a quarter
each, since you are not paying for words you can add additional
information to your flyer ad.
Your vet clinic is a good place to start with distributing
the flyer, grocery stores, pet supply stores, grooming shops,
factories, malls. You
could even mail some to a friend to distribute in a neighboring
community for you.
is very important that you choose the right person and this may
not be an easy task, “first come, first served” is not what
you are after here. What
you may find helpful is our (Adoption
Application). This has many useful questions that will aid you
in finding the right person.
One of the best references you can get is the potential new
owners’ Veterinarian, if they have or had one in the past.
Now is the time to go back to your list of good and bad
points and make sure there is not a conflict with what the new
owners are looking for or have to offer.
they have other pets?
Are their current pets spayed/neutered?
Do they have a fenced yard?
Where will the dog spend most of its time?
Why are they interested in a Shar Pei?
References, make sure to use them.
6 The “in person”
possible try to set up two interviews, one at your home and one at
theirs. If this is not possible, have a reliable friend do a home
visit for your. If neither of these options is possible, ask for
pictures of their home and where the dog will be living.
Make sure if the dog will be living in a household with
children you are able to observe the dog’s reaction, as well as
the children’s, when they are introduced.
you like these people? Are
you comfortable having them in your home? Will they make a good pet owner?
Trust your instincts, if something about them doesn’t
seem quite right, even if you can’t identify it , don’t take a
chance, wait for another family.
7 Preparing for the
aside a special time that everyone that is involved with the dog
can say their goodbyes. You
know you will cry so you might as well do it in private so you
hopefully can work with a clear head when the new family arrives
to pick him up. Make
sure to have all the paperwork ready as well as the dog. Make sure
the new family is aware that there is going to be an adjustment
period. It could take a few weeks before the dog settles in to
their new home.
dogs medical records, vets name and phone number.
dogs toys, bed, blanket and any special belongings.
supply of dog food and treats s/he loves.
instruction sheet on feeding, and any special needs.
and leash , an Adoption Contract, this
will help protect the dog as well as you, (adoption contract
will be available on this site soon).