SECOND PAW AROUND
Girls just wanna have fun
Can you help Angel and Scarlet have fun?
The owners of these 1 year old Carolina/Dogo mixes need to find them a home.
I had the pleasure of meeting these two cuties. Very sweet girls…together or separate -Angel and Scarlett will make a great addition to someone’s home.
Angel may be the runt of the litter but don’t let that fool you. This little girl is full of spunk and personality. She’s about 35lbs and shouldn’t get much bigger. Angel would do best in a home with an active family with no small kids just because she likes to jump and give kisses. She is great around other dogs but not sure about cats. Older kids would be fine with her though.
Scarlett is a beautiful little girl that can be timid at first but warms up pretty quickly. Like her sister Angel she also loves to give kisses and just wants someone to cuddle with. She is good around other dogs but like her sister we are not sure about cats. Scarlett would do well with a family with or without kids.
Hands to Paws rescue is committed to helping families rehome their pets to safe and loving second homes.
No one likes to have to give up their pets. No one should take this lightly. Having a pet is a serious and important decision to make and is a life time commitment. Having said this…things in life do occur that cause families to have to give up their fur babies. If this is the situation then we want you to know that shelters and rescue groups are truly full. It is rare that we can take your fur baby. We also are not money machines. Funding is always an issue so if we are able to take your fur baby it would be so helpful if you can make a donation to help us give your fur baby what he/she will need. If your baby is not fully vaccinated….get it done! Rehoming goes quicker if you pet has all of his/her required canine or feline shots. Not neutered or spayed…get it done. Most pets go to homes with other pets and having an altered animal makes it easier.
As a courtesy to families, Hands to Paws wants to help. If you are thinking of rehoming due to behavior issue then contact a dog trainer. Hands to Paws has a certified dog trainer who is willing to provide a free consultation to give you suggestions on how to address the behavior (donations to the rescue are always welcomed and appreciated). This does mean a commitment on your part to work on the behavior. If behavior is not something you have time or commitment to work on or if rehoming for other reasons then contact us. We can post a bio and pics of your fur baby. We can take applications and help you make a good decision about the new home. Contact us at 706-481-0657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you decide to go it on your own please read the following:
Getting yourself ready to rehome your pet…1. Give yourself plenty of time
There are dogs and cats that have been sitting in shelters for months waiting for the right home, so you have to accept that it can take a long while to find a pet a home. Give yourself plenty of time to place your pet responsibly, seeking out the right family who are willing to care for them for life.
2. Call the person who sold or gave you the pet.
Make your first call to the breeder, rescue, or person you originally got your pet from. Responsible breeders will either assist you in finding a new home, or take the pet back to rehome themselves. Many rescues also state in their contracts that the pet can be returned to them, no matter how much time has passed.
3. If your pet can’t be returned, evaluate their adoption potential.
When considering putting your pet up for adoption, you need to be realistic. If your pet is old, a large breed dog, has health issues, or is unfriendly towards strangers, it will take a long time to find a new home, possibly many months. Realize that rehoming won’t happen immediately.
4. Identify the ideal home for your pet.
Make a list of what you feel is most important for your pet. What kind of environment does he need? Is he ok with children? Is he OK with other pets? What kind of people would suit his personality and energy levels?
Once you have a firm idea of what you’re looking for, it will be easier to plan your search and get the results you want for your pet.
5. Get your pet spay/neutered. If you have no records or knowledge of your pet being altered, make sure this is the first thing you do. Why? Because there’s a $million puppy farming industry that gets its breeding stock by duping people like you out of their unsterilized animals to breed them for profit.These breeding dogs receive little or no medical care, they’re kept penned, are over-bred until deemed unusable and then they’re disposed of. These puppy farms target both cross-breed and purebred dogs, but small breeds such as Maltese and popular breeds like Labradors are especially sought after.Make sure your pet doesn’t meet this fate. Eliminate all bogus callers by having your pet altered and advertising it as such. If you’re unable to afford the cost of surgery, there are many organizations offering discount programs. Your animal services and humane societies often have vouchers to help.
6. Get your pet’s health checked. Your pet will be much more appealing to adopters if he’s healthy. So book him in for a full health check at the vet and make sure he’s up to date with his vaccinations, heartworm negative and on heartworm prevention (dogs) or felv/fiv negative (cats). Ask your vet for a printout of his medical history and start a folder of information about your pet.
7. Prepare a general history. Add a profile of your pet’s history to their file, including details about their food preferences, favorite treats and toys, relationships with other animals and other likes and dislikes. All this information will help potential adopters get acquainted with the pet and make the transition to a new home much easier for your pet too.
8. Grooming. A bathed pet with trimmed nails, clean ears and a well-groomed coat is much more desirable to potential adopters than a smelly, messy-looking one. So get out your grooming tools or get down to the grooming parlor.
9. Take a good picture. While your pet is clean and freshly groomed, take his photo to place on posters and websites. A good photo plays a big part in helping potential adopters connect with your pet, so make sure your pet is relaxed and doesn’t look anxious or scared.Keep the photograph simple. Ideally, the pet should be looking at the camera, with a focus on the face and eyes. Discard any photos with red or glowing eyes!
10. Set an adoption fee. Charging an adoption fee ensures that you only receive inquiries from people who are genuinely ready to accept the cost of pet ownership. Of course, people won’t be expecting to pay the same price for a rehomed pet as they would for a brand new puppy or kitten, but a reasonable range might be between $50 and $100, which helps offset your advertising and veterinary costs.Most importantly, never include the phrase ‘free to good home’ in your advertisement – even if you’re not planning to charge a fee.If a potential adopter isn’t willing to pay a fee, or complains that the price is too high, it’s likely they won’t be prepared to spend the necessary money to have the pet treated for minor injury or illness.
Where to look for a potential home. Some of the best homes are with people who already know and like your pet. Friends and family may be willing to offer your pet a new home, so ask around your immediate circle first. Then perhaps try posting a message on your Facebook page, or noticeboards at work and school.Out and about. Do you visit a dog park? Ask around to find out if anyone is looking for a new pet. If your pet stays at a boarding kennel when you go on vacation, call them to see if they can ask around for you or post a flyer in their waiting room or at the vet’s office. Dog washers and dog walkers are also good contacts to find out who’s looking for a new pet. Ask pretty much everyone you deal with on a daily basis – you never know who might come forward! Classified ads. Don’t be afraid to use classified ads to advertise your pet. For many people seeking a pet, the local newspaper is the first place they look. Be sure to mention your pet is spay/neutered to ensure you only receive inquiries from people genuinely seeking a family companion. Club newsletters. If you’re a member of a church, club or group, ask if you can place an advert in their newsletter or on their bulletin board. Flyers. Put up flyers in your local supermarkets, vets and community centers. Email a flyer to all of your friends and ask them to add it to their breakroom bulletin boards. Some rescue groups will also allow you to display a flyer at their premises for free, or in exchange for a small donation.OnlineThe internet is a wonderful place to reach many people looking for a pet and there are lots of classifieds resources online. Some rescue groups may allow you to place an ad on their website for free, or in exchange for a small donation. Things to include in your advertising and flyers. Accurately describe the appearance, size and age of your pet. Include the pet’s name and a good photograph. Mention that the pet is altered. Describe his/her nature and appealing qualities. Define any limitations the pet might have (e.g. not good with cats or small children.) Don’t forget your phone number and the times you can be reached. Screening callers. You have every right to screen all potential new owners who inquire about your pet. Don’t let anyone rush or intimidate you. Think of it as an adoption, not a sale. Choose the person you think will make the best companion for your pet. If someone responds to your advertisement, you should screen them over the phone before introducing them to the animal. This will help you rule out any unsuitable adopters early on. To start, you might say: “This dog/cat is very special to me, and I am looking for just the right home for him/her. Would you mind if I asked you a few questions about yourself and your home?”Let all applicants know you will be checking references and need to speak to their vet (if they’ve had pets before). Once you’ve chosen a family (or families) that you feel are good candidates, arrange two meetings with the potential new owners – the first appointment for them to meet the pet, and the second for you to see their home. If the first meeting goes well, ask them to fill out an application. We strongly advise that you do not hand over your pet until you’ve seen the adopter’s living arrangements. It’s all too easy for people to tell you what you want to hear, rather than how it actually is. By seeing their home you’ll be able to gauge their suitability as an owner. Trust your instincts. If you have any concerns, don’t be afraid to discuss them or to reject their application. To make a non-confrontational exit, tell them other people are also interested in meeting your pet and that you’ll get back to them. Important things to mention to the new owners. All rehomed pets go through an adjustment period as they get to know their new people, learn new rules and mourn the loss of their old family. Most pets adjust within a few days, but others may take longer. Advise the new family to take things easy at first, avoiding anything stressful, such as bathing their new pet, attending obedience training classes or meeting too many strangers at once. Assure them this will give the pet time to settle in and bond with them. Tell them not to worry if the pet does not eat for the first day or two, he’ll eat when he’s ready. Some of the best house-trained pets can temporarily forget the rules. Assure the new owners that it’s not unusual for rehomed pets to have an accident during the first day in their new home and it rarely happens more than once. The paperwork! Have the new owner sign an adoption contract, including a waiver of liability, and keep a copy for your records. A contract will help protect the pet, while the waiver of liability helps protect you. But remember, it will not protect you if you have lied or misrepresented your pet to his new owners. Tell the family they should call you if the adoption doesn’t work out. Let them know you want to keep in touch and will call them in a few days to see how things are going. Tell them to call you if they have questions or problems. Be willing to take the pet back if things don’t work out the way you both expected. Finding a new home for a pet can take some time, but the effort that you put in now will be worth it when you find a great forever home for him.