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SURRENDERING A PET

If you feel you can no longer keep your pet:

  • Ask friends, family, relatives, co-workers and anybody you know to help get the word out that you are looking for a home for your pet.  There is a good chance that somebody might know somebody who knows somebody, and so on, who is looking for a pet.  It will be a much smoother transition for your pet to move from your home into a new home versus going to a homeless animal shelter.
  • Put an ad in the newspaper.  Remember, you don't have to give your dog away to the first person who answers the ad.  Don't be afraid to ask a lot of questions, or even ask to see where your pet would be living.  Use your best judgment when interviewing potential new owners, and go with your gut feeling about people.
  • Place a giveaway ad on www.bismanonline.com.
  • Make giveaway flyers to hang around town.  Ask storeowners if you may place flyers in their store.  Try to post flyers in high traffic locations - grocery stores, animal supply stores, veterinary clinics and gas stations, for example.
  • Call your local humane society.  Try to use this as a last resort.  Owner-surrendered animals have a harder time adjusting to shelter life, and in many cases, become depressed or develop anxiety.

Pets for Life: Solutions to Problems

Millions of pets are surrendered to animal shelters every year, and Pets for Life addresses the leading causes of pet relinquishment: behavior issues, rental housing restrictions, life changes attributed to moving or a new baby, human health concerns such as allergies and diseases that weaken the immune system, and commitment problems that stem from unrealistic expectations on the part of the animal's family.  If you're dealing with any of the issues mentioned above, please visit Pets for life.

Your Pet's Welfare:
Please remember, you made a promise to your pet when you took it into your home.  Your pet has provided you with a gift of love, and although there are sometimes circumstances beyond our control, you owe it to your companion animal to ensure they are in good hands for the remainder of their life.