Through this heartbreaking process, I wanted to share a couple of things with you. We NEVER thought we’d ever have to make a decision between our pet and the safety of our child, but alas, that is what it came down to. If you are ever faced with a similar decision here’s what you can do.
to make re-homing your pet a little easier:
1) Start the re-homing process early and get REPUTABLE rescues involved. Posting an ad in the local paper will get you lots of people who want a cool looking dog, a rescue will help you screen potential new families for dangers and concerns.
2) Ignore the malice of those who are bound to contact you. I received numerous e-mails from people when we had her listed for a new home. But what surprised me was the 10PM calls from non-reputable “rescues” anonymously telling me to get rid of my child and keep our pet. Some people are just insane! Push them to the back of your mind as much as you can.
3) If it comes to the point where you have to make a hard call, search for all options, but set a definite time frame. There are always what-ifs when it comes to waiting. But those what-ifs can be devastating when they amount to nothing and you have to go through it again, and again, and again.
4) Always ask to be able to visit your pet. Even if you never plan to go, the possibility that you might show up with deter those who are just looking to pass your pet off to the next person for a quick buck.
5) Ask for your pet to be returned to you if they can’t keep them. No matter the time frame. The last time our pup was re-homed, she was gone for a month. Still, when she couldn’t be kept, it was in her best interest to come home to us.
6) Don’t just drop your pet and run. Take them for a couple of visits and make sure you see where they will be going. When you finally drop them off they will know their new family, and it won’t be as great an adjustment for them.
7) Love them, no matter what. We are caretakers of these beautiful creatures, and it is up to us to make the best decisions we can given the circumstances.
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