Many people think it is an easy option without realising their dog may have to spend months in kennels before finding a new owner. And while Animal Lifelife never has healthy dogs put down, some rescues centres do, so you can be risking the life of your dog.
Like all rescue centres, we are inundated with requests to re-home dogs and have to operate a managed intake based on acute priorities, which means going on a waiting list for a kennel space. This can take up to several weeks, depending on emergency cases we may have to deal with.
You can apply to be placed on our re-homing list by contacting our homing officer on 01782 638341. This is an answerphone service – leave brief details and your contact numbers and we will get in touch as soon as possible.
HOWEVER, if you unable to get your dog into a rescue centre, there are alternatives to having the dog put down. You can take steps to re-home the dog yourself. This initially involves INTENSIVE networking of family and friends. We don’t mean just asking the 10 people nearest to you, but asking every single person you know, and impressing on them how important the situation is, and asking them to ask everyone THEY know too. Include family, friends,and work colleagues.
This results in scores of people trying to find a home for the dog within a circle of people you or you friends know, and in our experience, this can work very successfully.
In addition, try creating a small handbill or poster, featuring a photo of the dog and details about it. Place these posters in the local post office, shops, libraries etc – they can often help you find someone near you who is looking for a dog and may take it on.
You can also try advertising in the Pets Column of your local newspapers. Consider Including a photo of the dog and a brief description. If the dog is very friendly, good with cats or children, remember include these positive points. Mention the dog’s age, and its temperament.
If you do find a potential new owner, remember to ask about their previous experience of caring for a dog, check that they do not work long hours and have to leave the dog alone all day, and check that they have a secure rear garden or yard.
REMEMBER – if you have difficulty finding a resue centre to take your dog, the next step should NOT be having it put down. It deserves another chance and trying to find a suitable new owner yourself is a better option than ending its life.
It just takes a little more effort on your part. And if you love your dog, you’ll make that effort.
All those are important points which help ensure your dog goes to a responsible and caring person. BUT BE AWARE that certain breeds of dogs – Staffies and Bulldogs for example – are sometimes sought by people who plan to use them for dog-fighting. You need to be cautious and it is best to seek advice from a local dog rescue before parting with the dog. Most rescues will also carry out the homecheck for you.