How Do I Rehome My Pit Bull?
When giving up a dog, many pet owners ask, how do I rehome my pit bull? In order to do it in a way that is responsible and ensures your dog's safety, you'll need to screen potential adopters, charge a rehoming fee, and follow a few other guidelines to make sure your dog's new owners are capable of properly caring for the dog. The Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com website has valuable resources to walk you through the process as well as tools to find potential adopters.
Steps You Should Take When Rehoming Your Pit Bull and Why They Are Important
What NOT To Do When Rehoming A Pet
If you've ever scrolled through an online classified page, you've seen the ads: Pit Bull Free to a Good Home. Sadly, many dogs in "free to a good home" ads end up getting picked up by predators looking for free dogs to use for dog fighting, to sell to labs, and for other illicit activities.
- These people go to great lengths to convince the dog owner they are looking for a family pet. Some even bring along a child to make it look good. It's horrifying to think about it, and that's why you should avoid listing your dog in this manner.
- Do not rush the process. Whatever the issue that makes you want to rehome the pet, you can likely find resources to help that would allow you to keep your dog. Rehoming should be a last resort after all other options are exhausted. And, if you've deciding rehoming is the best course, take your time evaluating potential adopters.
What You SHOULD Do When Rehoming A Pet
Now that you know what you shouldn't do; here are some things you should do to keep your pet safe.
- Charge a Rehoming Fee: When you charge a rehoming fee, it reduces the risk of adopting your dog to people looking for dogs for nefarious purposes. Plus, if someone is unwilling or unable to pay $50-$150 or so to adopt the dog, they may not be able or willing to care for the dog properly.
- Screen Potential Adopters: Screening is a crucial step in making sure you dog ends up in a safe home. There are several questions you can ask to weed out people who are unable to properly care for your dog. For example, if they have had dogs in the past, ask who their vet was and then call for a reference. With Rehome, you'll find advice on a wide range of screening tools. People will say anything they think you want to hear. That's why screening them is so important.
- Sign a Contract: Once you find your pit bull the perfect new home, Rehome will help you finalize a contract with the new adopter. The contract will outline exactly how ownership will be transferred and the experts at Rehome can guide you through the entire contract and rehoming process.
It might seem like a lot, but taking the appropriate steps gives your pit bull the best chance of ending up in a happy home!
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