Re-Homing Your Pet

Re-Homing Your Pet

At the SPCA of Franklin County, we believe in making lifetime commitments to companion animals. In support of that, we offer a variety of resources to help you meet common challenges that pet owners face. Before giving up a beloved member of your family, contact us to see if we can help come up with an alternative solution.

However we know that sometimes there is no other option but to give up your pet. Following are suggestions on how to best promote and place your pet into a new, loving home.

We also suggest that you download and use our generic Adoption Application and Adoption Contract to help you screen potential adopters of your pets. Please r

Preparing Your Pet

• Get your pet fixed if not already. There are several low cost spay/neuter options in the area. If you decide to adopt out your pet before they are fixed make sure to ask for a deposit of at least $100. The deposit will be returned to the adopter once proof of spay/neuter surgery is provided. You should also put a time limit of no less then 60 days from the time of adoption for the surgery to take place.

• Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations. You can do most of the vaccinations yourself EXCEPT for the Rabies vaccination which must be done by a licensed veterinarian. General dog and cat vaccinations are available through pet supply stores locally or online.

• Wash and groom your pet before taking pictures or showing your pet to potential adopters. You will also want to apply flea and tick medication if necessary.

• Prepare a history of your pet including veterinary history, favorite treat, what food the pet is used to eating, what litter and what sort of litter box if a cat. Preparing a pet resume to give to potential adopters is a good idea. (see below)

• Screen all potential adopters. You can download a copy of a generic adoption application and contact above.

Advertising Your Pet

• If you bought your pet from a breeder contact them and ask if they will take the pet back or help you re-home the pet

• Post an ad on, Facebook, Pinterest or Instagram

• Make flyers which display your pet’s photo and put your contact information on it. Put them up anywhere that will let you: veterinarian offices, your workplace, local pet stores, grocery stores, churches, community bulletin boards, libraries, etc. Email them to your friends and family and ask that they post them where ever they can. Don’t forget to use your social network such as Facebook as well.

• Put an ad in your local newspaper.

• Contact us so that we can post your pet online at We will do this as a courtesy to help promote your pet. We can also advertise your pet in our emails and on our Facebook page.

Preparing Fliers

• Describe the appearance, size, and age of the animal.

• Describe his/her nature and appealing qualities.

• Include the pet’s name

• Mention if the pet is spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccinations and flea/tick prevention.

• Define any limitations, e.g. not good with cats/small children/other dogs/other cats.

• Use a good color photo. Closeups of the pet’s face as well as a full body shot are a good start.

• Be sure to put a phone number you feel comfortable letting the public know and time you can be reached.

Preparing Your Pet’s Resume

A pet “resume” provides an opportunity to present potential adopter with a summary of your pet’s best qualities and an example of your commitment to your pet. We suggest that you include the information below in their pet resume.

• Tell the potential adopter what foods your pet is used to and what litter you normally use. Provide the pet’s usual litter box, dishes, toys, scratching post, if possible, and a worn article of your clothing to place in their bedding – the familiar items and the scent of you will make the transition easier.

• Provide a complete veterinary history from your veterinarian for the adopter to take to the new vet.

• Describe your pet’s age, activity level, and/or breed traits. Describe characteristics that make your pet suited or unsuited for living with other animals. Tell the adopter something special about your pet’s personality, and how much you care about your pet. There can be a big difference between a 10-year-old cat and an active, inquisitive kitten. If your pet is quiet, calm and/or less active, point that out. If you have an active pet, explain how you fulfill his/her exercise requirements and what pet toys are used during play times.

• Give examples of your pet’s good behavior. If your pet has lived in other homes before temporarily and is accustomed to changes, be sure to say so. If you have more than one cat or a dog, let the new home know how your pet gets along with the other animals. If your cat uses a scratching post, say so and make sure to note that your cat is litter box trained.

• Explain any bathing or grooming requirements, including frequency of claw clipping and grooming, and shampoos used.

• Describe any behavioral quirks, difficulties with certain situations (the vet, other animals, thunderstorms, etc). The new home needs to know what to expect for them to be a “good fit” for your pet.

• In addition to your pet’s vet info, you may also want to provide addresses of your pet’s usual groomer, trainer, and pet sitter.

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