I am an animal lover. Big shock, right? If you’ve been around my blog and social media channels, you already know this! Something that is very important to me is adopting pets. I recently was introduced to Get Your Pet, a site that deals directly with rehoming dogs and cats. Let’s talk about why rehoming dogs and cats is important. Thanks to Nakturnal for sponsoring this conversation. This post contains affiliate links.
We adopted our dog, Duke, from the dog warden and our cats, Indiana Jones and Sammy Dean Winchester, from the humane society. Smokey Lonesome, another of our cats, was a former feral cat. After he and his siblings were abandoned by renters, we started feeding them and found out how to TNR (trap, neuter, release) them since we didn’t want more feral kitties around. Well, a couple of winters ago, Smokey decided he wanted to live inside, and he’s been happy to be inside with his new BFF, Indiana, ever since. His siblings are still happy living outside.
Our cat, Boo Boo, came to us in a different way. She had lived with my nephew’s girlfriend, and they weren’t able to keep her when her parents moved. I fostered her with the intention of returning her to his girlfriend when she got her own place. Well, her place wouldn’t allow pets either, so I told them I’d keep her since she had already bonded with us. And, we’d bonded with her! I can’t imagine having to move and not being able to take my pets, but I know that it happens a lot.
Rehoming dogs and cats
While shelters do their best, oftentimes the animals get sick from each other, and they don’t get all the attention they crave. Fortunately, we can keep pets out of shelters by directly rehoming dogs and cats. 7.5 million animals are put in shelters every year. 2.5 of those are from people that had to give up their pet. By helping keep pets needing a new home out of shelters, we can potentially save 2.5 million pets a year! Many people find themselves in a situation like my nephew’s girlfriend’s where they have to move somewhere pets are forbidden. Or perhaps only small pets are allowed.
That is sad news for you if you own a larger dog like a German Shepherd. But the good news is that there are always people who want to adopt German Shepherds. There is an older man in our neighborhood who had German Shepherd for years. When the weather was nice, he’d be out walking, and I’d say hello if I was outside. This past fall, I noticed that he had a smaller German Shepherd, so I asked about his other dog. Sadly, his dog had died, so he adopted another German Shepherd. I am sure that the person who needed to rehome their dog was so happy he could go to someone who had owned German Shepherds before, knew what to expect and wanted another one to love.
How does rehoming dogs and cats work?
First, you’ve got to go with a trusted site like Get Your Pet. Not everyone who wants to adopt a pet is doing so for a good reason. Or they may truly be a good person, but they may not know what to expect or how to properly care for the animal. You want to know if they’ll feed them quality food like Wysong Natural Pet Food. They may end up giving up on your pet, and your pet may end up at a shelter when that was the very thing you wanted to avoid.
Get Your Pet allows the people who are rehoming dogs or cats to check out potential adopters beforehand. When you list your pet on the site, potential adopters can contact you with questions, and you can ask them questions too. You want to know that your pet is going to a good home. Maybe your pet is not good around children. Put that in your pets profile, and potential adopters with children will know not to contact you.
Perhaps you’re rehoming dogs that are a bonded pair, so you don’t want them split up. That’s something potential adopters will want to know. Some animals have allergies or can only eat a certain type of food. Make that clear since it may be an added cost that some adopters won’t be able to handle. You can also ask questions of the potential adopter to see if they are prepared for your pet.
Adopting through Get Your Pet
If you are looking to adopt a pet, Get Your Pet is a great place to search because of all the above reasons. Pet owners who are rehoming their dogs or cats want to get to know you just like you want to get to know their pet. Browse the list of pets to find a pet you may want to adopt. Contact the owner who is rehoming the dog or cat, and arrange to meet with them. Once you and the owner decide that you are the perfect match, you will have the animal examined by a local Get Your Pet veterinarian for no extra charge.
Remember that directly rehoming dogs and cats keeps them out of shelters, and that is a great thing! So, if you are looking to adopt, check them out first!
How many animals do you have and how did you come about acquiring them? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!