My Uncle recently passed away. My Aunt has 5 dogs and an African Mourning Dove. My Sister-in-law and Brother are moving in to help out with my Aunt. The sister-in-law has asthma, so some of the animals have to find a new home. How can I help them to find a good home for thier pets? I am fearful of doing a Craig's listing, who knows what would happen. I've never had to do this before, so I would appreciate some suggestions. Thanks!
Rescues are often the best way to find new homes. You don't say if they are purebreds of mixes - but if they are pb try to find a breed specific rescue for them. If you can keep them while a rescue is looking for a new home they will be incredibly happy.
I'm sorry for everyone's loss and very sorry the dogs need new homes.
yes, you can ask anything of the potential adopter that makes you feel secure in choosing homes. We have a questionaire we have any interested persons fill out as a start to getting to know them and their situation. Anyone not willing to answer questions, does not get a dog.
As for references...you can most certainly ask for them, but keep in mind they are not going to gove you anyone that they are not sure will give them a glowing recomendation....common sense. A vet reference is soemthing I would ask for if they have or have had any other pets.
Lots of email convo about them as wellas the dog, a few phone convos, contracts to protect the dog (spay/neuter, vet care, no surrendering to shelters, rescues, etc.)
Take a look around at differant rescue groups online adoption applications, print out and use the questions to form your own. Definatley ask for vet refferances, friend refs. and DO call them. Make sure if you want them sleeping indoors that that will happen. If someone says straight away they will be outdoors 90% don't go with that person. You make the rules.
***Edited By: puttin510 on 2/18/2009 3:52:54 PM*** Reason: spelling fix
Whoever said you can't buy happiness, must have never owned a dog!!!!!!!!!!!
Please do not advertise the animals for free. Once you meet with the potential owners and have checked them out, then you may offer the pets at no cost. My Sister, worked for Animal Welfare, almost made this mistake. People were gathering all the free animals in the want ads and carrying them 100 miles to sell to a research center. She now puts a small fee of $35 to $50 and waives after investigating family.