Rehoming Your Pet

Need Help Rehoming a Dog?

While no one enjoys having to rehome a beloved family dog, unfortunately we realize there can arise unforeseen circumstances that might make it a necessity. We have compiled a little guide that we hope you find helpful in rehoming your pet

Where to Start?

First, start by asking your family members and friends and ask them to reach out to their friends as well. We recommend sending around a good photo and description described below. You would be surprised how successful you could be by just asking all the people you know and having them do the same

Marketing Your Pet

– Photos, photos, photos! A good photo is the most important aspect in marketing your dog. Make sure you have several great shots, including one of your pup looking at the camera
– Next, we recommend creating a bio of your dog that captures everything there is to know – personality, activeness, if your dog is house and crate trained, any training your dog might have, if your dog is good with other animals and children as well as the current status of your dogs vetting – spayed, up-to-date on shots, etc
– Facebook and Instagram are huge. If you are not connected to social media, it would help to do so to promote your dog. Post photos of your dog on Facebook and instagram. Create a Facebook page just for your dog and then recruit followers. Gather as many relevant hash tags as possible for your instagram posts
– Flyer the town with the photos and bio of your dog. Go to local pet stores, supermarkets, coffee shops, ice cream parlors, hardware stores – anywhere you can think of
– Do a posting on petfinder.com – a heavily trafficked website for adoptable dogs all around the country
– Contact local rescues to see if they will do a courtesy posting of your dog on their Facebook pages and websites. If you have tried all of the above outlets and would like us to do a courtesy posting, please e-mail us several photos and a description of your dog (see above for what to include) at info@unchainedny.org. Due to a high request volume and given that our primary focus is on advocating for the chained outdoor dogs, please understand that we might not be able to attend immediately to your request

Don’t Just Give Your Dog Away

It is your responsibility as the pet owner and only advocate for the pet that you place your pet in a proper, loving and caring home. We recommend that you interview prospective adopters – ask for personal references and do a home visit. If your dog is going to a house with another dog, it is also very important to ensure that both animals get along prior to rehoming your dog

If you are rehoming your dog due to not being able to spend enough time with your dog, please consider that the few hours your dog gets to spend with you is a lot better than the countless hours your dog could spend along, in an already overcrowded shelter.

Behavior Issues? … Caesar has some great advice

“Remember that by adopting a dog to begin with, the dog became your responsibility. Whether you are still in the process of trying to balance and discipline your pet, or you have already come to the conclusion that it’s best to send your dog to a new home, you’ll find some excellent guidance on their Rescue and Rehabilitation Resources page

By investing some time, energy, and money, know that you can even improve your dog’s quality of life as you — and they — move on.”