Not a Perfect Match? What to Do When Pet Adoption Doesn’t Work
Most of the time, adopting a pet turns out to be one of the best decisions ever made. It can take time to adjust, but with patience, determination, support, and education, a new pet can make the transition relatively quickly. But what happens when a pet adoption doesn’t work out? The Pet Experts have some ideas.
Avoiding This Scenario
Before fully entertaining the idea of adopting a pet, it’s absolutely critical to consider your living situation. Do you have other pets? What about children or other roommates? Are you allergic to anything? Do you rent or own? What about a yard or access to a dog park? Is it safe and secure? The questions could go on and on.
Likewise, taking a close look at your financials is important before moving forward. Owning a pet has sizable up-front expenses, but there are also ongoing costs related to food, gear, veterinary care, and so on.
In Good Faith
The ASPCA Meet Your Match Survey is very helpful for pet owners looking to determine what kind of pet truly suits them and how they can best serve a particular pet. This is just one tool to help prospective pet owners make this life-altering decision. Instead of just coasting ahead with good intentions, pet lovers can gain confidence as Pet Experts.
Similarly, fostering a pet that closely matches your interests is an excellent way to inform yourself about their demands and requirements. Please let us know if you have questions about fostering animals in need of homes.
Getting to know a new pet is made easier with the support of a veterinary team. Please schedule your pet’s initial wellness exam so we can develop a plan that includes socialization, training, exercise, nutrition, and more.
Guilt, Then Relief
The fact is, animal surrender or rehoming does happen – even to people who work hard at making a pet adoption successful. Sometimes, unforeseen circumstances occur after the fact, like losing a job, selling a home, etc. However, it’s not uncommon for pet owners to be utterly surprised by – or ill-equipped to deal with – a pet’s needs or personality.
It’s normal for pet owners to feel guilty when things don’t work out, but if the animal is matched with another family, it can be a big relief. If it’s not a good match for you, chances are, it’s also not a good match for your pet.
How to Proceed
You may have received information up front from the shelter or rescue regarding returns. Some facilities have no problem taking animals back into their care. If you’re fortunate, you signed an agreement with a trial or training period. Whatever the case may be, contact the organization you adopted through and ask for help.
Rehoming a pet may be very difficult, and if it doesn’t work out with the new owners, they may demand you take the animal back. To secure the pet’s welfare, please contact us for help.
Pet Adoption Always Wins
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