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How Do I Rehome My Maltese?

If you're in a situation where you can no longer keep your Maltese, there are several ways you can find her a loving new home. You'll want to learn about each option and determine which is best for your needs and your dog.

Rescue Groups 

If you adopted your dog from a rescue organization or shelter, you could reach out to them and see if they are able to take your dog back into their care. Many adoption contracts actually ask that you return your dog directly to the organization if any issues arise. You can also check with other local rescues to see if any of them have room for your dog. If they have room, they'll either place your Maltese in a foster home or care for her at a facility until they are able to find a good home. Note that rescues are not the same as municipal shelters, many of which may only be able to keep your dog for a limited time and may have to euthanize your dog if she has trouble adjusting to a shelter environment or if her hold time runs out.

Giving Your Dog to Someone You Know

If you know someone who is looking to adopt a dog, it could be a good option for rehoming. However, just because a friend or relative wants to adopt doesn't always mean they'll be a good fit for your dog. No matter how well you know them, you still need to be sure they can take care of her properly. This means more than just providing her with love and attention. It also means providing for her medical care when she needs to go to the vet, feeding her properly, and ensuring she has walks and exercise.

If you have someone you know who can do all these things, and who wants to adopt a dog, talk with them about your Maltese. It could be a perfect match. Rehoming with someone you know can also provide you with peace of mind that can't be found elsewhere.

Using Technology to Rehome Your Pet

You might not know anyone personally who wants to adopt a dog right now. If that's the case, you can still safely rehome her on your own. The Internet has made it easy to find people that are looking to adopt a pet. However, you'll always want to go through a reputable site that specializes in helping owners find people to adopt.

Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com is an easy and reliable adoption platform, and it's free for owners to use. You can set up a profile for your Maltese on the site quickly and publish it directly on Adopt-a-Pet.com for millions of potential adopters to see. The Rehome dashboard allows you to upload photos, videos, and you can fill out a profile with a bio for your dog. You must be honest in the profile about your dog's needs and any issues she might have. Add all the wonderful things about your dog, too, but make sure the potential adopters know as much as possible about your dog.

Once you start getting adoption applications from people interested in your Maltese, you can go through them and find the ideal new owner for your dog. Rehome can even help you understand what you should be looking for in these adopters.

Why Charge Rehoming Fees?

The only time that you won't need to charge rehoming fees is when you're giving your dog to someone you know. Otherwise, these fees are essential. They help to keep your dog safe. After all, some people are looking for dogs being given away so they can turn around and sell them to labs. Others might be looking for a dog that could be used to train fighting dogs. While it might seem farfetched, these things can and do happen.

Charging a rehoming fee helps to weed out people with these bad intentions, and it helps to keep your dog safe.

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