Concerns some people have about doing this on thier own is that someone will end up neglecting or abusing your pet. Or even worse, that your pet will go to someone who will use them as a "bait dog" in dog fighting rings or some other gruesome outcome. The reality is, those scenarios are few and far between and there are lots of wonderful people and families that are looking for new pets to join their families who have the best intentions! Also you know your pet the best and can be the best advocate for them in helping match them with a new family.
- A good old fashioned flyer at local coffee shops, vet clinics, community spaces goes a long way. Share with your friends and ask them to share via social media, email, etc.
- Post on adoptapet.com or getyourpet
.com - both sites allow owners to post their pets for free directly to these pages. They determine a small adoption fee based on your pets age, health, etc. and when the adoption is finalized the adoption fee paid by the adopter goes to the website as the "fee" for helping you advertise your pet.
- Reach out to your local shelter or rescue to ask if they will place your pets photo and description on their website as a Courtesy Listing- where instead of interested parties calling the shelter or rescue they call you directly if interested.
- Feel free to ask them questions about their history of pet ownership or about their current pets! Examples could be:
- What does a typical day look like in your home?
- Tell me about your current pet's personalities.
- Where would "Buddy" stay at night? During the day?
- If "Buddy" had an issue when you first brought him home (ex. peed on the floor, howled when you left him alone) what would you do?
- Ask if you can bring your pet to their home for the first or second visit with your pet. You can help them introduce your pet to their pets and make sure the transition goes smoothly. This is a great way to have a "home visit" that is mutually beneficial without it seeming like you are coming over to inspect their home for problems.
- Encourage a trial period of a week or two for them to get to know your pet without the pressure of making a final decision immediately. Go ahead and plan for regular communication during that time as you are their best resource if your pet has any trouble settling in or they have questions.
- Ask for a reasonable rehoming fee. Somewhere from $25 to $50 is a good range, but also be flexible. If your pet is going to need costly monthly medications or the adopter is going to have to take them to get them UTD on vaccinations, etc right away then that shows financial commitment as well.
For Madison County residents, Madison County Animal Services has a new Facebook Community Page for people to post their pets for rehoming:
For Buncombe County Residents a great resource to post your pets for rehoming: https://www.