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Rehoming Your Pet  



The process of rehoming a personal pet is never an easy decision. We emphasize and advocate direct adoption as this allows the least stressful transition for the animal – often in contrast to the shelter environment which commonly amplifies anxiety, aggression and illness.  We encourage you to devote at least one month to finding placement for your pet before seeking placement for your pet in the shelter environment. 


Remember: You are your pet’s greatest advocate and their best option in finding a new home! Many assume shelters and rescue groups are more adept at placing animals as they have the experience, facilities and screening guidelines to do so. However, as the individual pet’s owner, you are able to provide the most accurate information possible to prospective adopters and in doing so determine the best fit for their future. 



Ready to Prep Your Animal for Placement? 


These three items allow for the highest chance of rehoming success.


  • Spay and Neuter Your Pet Prior to Rehoming: Did you know puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks old can be spayed or neutered? Spay and neuter not only prevents unwanted litters but also reduces unwanted behaviors such as spraying, marking, mounting, howling, roaming, and aggression. It also decreases your pet’s risk of cancer and may increase their life span by 3-5 years! If cost is an issue, please see our directory of resources for low-cost spay and neuter clinics. 
  • Make Sure the Animal is Well Groomed, in Good Health and Up-to-Date on Vaccinations and Prevention for Fleas, Ticks and Heartworms. If this is not the case or this is not possible due to financial crisis, be sure to advise prospective adopters prior to adoption. When adopting, make certain the adopter has copies of all essential medical records.   
  • House-trained and Reasonably Well-Behaved. If your animal is not house-trained or has behavioral issues, be sure to be transparent in relaying this to prospective adopters.  Certain adopters look for the “underdog” while others may be unable to facilitate extensive training. 



Now Get Creative! High quality-photos showcasing your dog’s best features with thorough descriptions are essential in rehoming your animal! When writing a description for your pet – be sure to list their habits, behavioral quirks and address any medical needs they may have. Need more insight? This article shows you how to write the best bio possible!


Keep Positive, Stay Persistent! Finding the best fit for your animal may take time – stay positive and keep persistent! Don’t underestimate the power of word of mouth and social media – Perhaps your aunt’s best friend is looking for a new furry friend! You may even try the Facebook group Nashville Pet Rehoming. As a reminder: Always ask for a rehoming fee and references. Your pet will thank you for your dedication as will their future family!  



Recommended Rehoming Networks


Adopt A Pet – As your pet’s greatest advocate, you are able to respond to potential adopters directly working alongside Petco’s screening guidance to find the best home possible. 


Get Your Pet – Offers the new adopter a vet exam, 30 days of pet insurance and discounts on essentials to get them started – beneficial to both the current and future family.   


Rescue Me – This rehoming network has assisted in over 910, 000 adoptions.  



Ready to Transfer Ownership?


Make sure it’s legal! In addition to signing a transfer of ownership contract, be sure to transfer ownership of key identifies such as your pet’s microchip and rabies tag. For information regarding best rehoming practices as well as samples of adoption questionnaires and contracts, click here.


Still need assistance in finding placement for your animal? Click here.