The best alternative to bringing a pet to a shelter is to re-home on your own. Even the best animal shelters can be extremely stressful to a pet in need. Often this stress can be eliminated by making the transition to another home directly from the pet's current one. Below we provide a how-to guide on how to find a new home for your pet by posting an online ad on our website. We highly recommend you attempt re-homing on your own, if time and resources allow, before you make an appointment to surrender.
Plan to devote some time to re-homing your pet. It can take a while to find a good home. People like healthy
animals that are already spayed or neutered. Take your pet to a veterinarian and save the records.
1. Friends and family are the number one way pets find new homes. Contact everyone!
2. Place an ad in the local newspapers. Many people read them, and many ads are FREE!
3. Prepare a flyer/handout about the pet and include:
You can post your pet through our Re-Homing program module on our Pets Available from Owners page. Remember the more information you provide during this process, the better the match is likely to be between your pet and a new owner.
Uploading a digital photo of your pet is required. The photo must be a low resolution JPEG. If your photo won’t load, it’s probably too large. Try photos under 200K.
With so many pets in need, an interesting and flattering description of a pet looking for a new home is extremely important in setting your pet apart from all the others. The description not only needs to be catchy enough to grab a potential adopter's attention, but thorough and honest as well. Matching families with pets ensures a forever connection. Connections that are of the "tried, but didn't work out" variety not only waste time and resources, but can also be traumatic to the dogs and discouraging for the adopter. Here are some useful tips and ideas for writing your pet's profile:
In most cases, the MD SPCA will review your application to post your pet within 48 hours. If there are questions or concerns about your pet, the MD SPCA will contact you. Otherwise, you will receive an email that your pet has been verified, and your pet will be posted for the public to see. Once posted, wait for emails or phone calls from people interested in adopting your pet.
In order to keep the site up-to-date and fresh, each animal you post for re-homing will be removed from display after 30 days. In order to keep your pet's profile active or remove a post you must contact the administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You care that the pet makes it to a good, permanent home, so now you must “screen” the people who contact you. Asking some key questions will help with this, but be sure you have a conversation with the person and not an “interview” because you will get more from the exchange! Here are some questions to ask:
You can meet people at their place or have them come to your home, but the safest way is to meet in a neutral spot. Bring the pet with you. What you want is to see:
Once you have selected a new home for your pet, then prepare the pet and gather materials for the new owner. Meet at an agreed-upon time and place to give your pet to the new owner. You are giving up ownership rights, so be sure to:
*If you decide to surrender your pet, you need to call the adoption center at 410-235-8826, ext. 100, to set up an appointment. Please bring a valid photo ID and all veterinary records for your pet with you to your appointment. There is a $25 fee to surrender a pet. Note: The Maryland SPCA does not accept personal checks for surrender fees. We are a charity, and the fee helps cover our costs. Once you decide to turn over your pet, it is a final decision and we ask that you do not call for updates.
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