Need to rehome your petThis is a big decision for anyone to make and you should consider all of your options before going ahead.

To safe guard your pet there are a number of steps you should take to help with the rehoming process.




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Spay and Neuter

Have your pet spayed or neutered if not already done. Breeders do look for unneutered dogs to buy. You would like your pet to go to a happy home and not to be used as a breeding dog. Spaying and neutering is the easiest way to prevent this.

Willow (left from inistioge puppy rescue) and Bono (Right from Waterford SPCA) both adopted by Emma
Willow (left from inistioge puppy rescue) and Bono (Right from Waterford SPCA) both adopted by Emma

Get Advice from Rescues

Get in touch with your local rescue for advice. Do NOT expect the rescue to be able to take your pet. Most rescues are full with dogs from the pound. If they take in your pet then the space they had available for the pound dog is gone, which can mean that dog will be put to sleep.

‘Free to a good home’

Offering an animal for free is generally not advised. I know of animals that have been given for free and have very happy homes but there are many who end up in very bad situations. They can be taken and used as bait for other animals. Hard to believe but this does happen in Ireland.  Advertising an animal for free gives the impression that this animal is worthless. Even if you have found a stray animal and need to rehome it, please do not offer it for free. Ask for a donation for a local animal rescue instead.

Home Check

If you adopt an animal from a reputable rescue they will conduct a home check to ensure the potential home for the animal is as described. You can also request to do this with the potential adopter of your pet. If someone is genuinely interested in rehoming your pet this shouldn’t be an issue. If possible, ask your local rescue if you can rehome your pet through them. This would involve advertising the animal on their site and having the potential adopter go through the rescues usual procedures and signing a contract with the rescue to adopt the animal. Remember that the rescue will more than likely be run by volunteers so a donation will be required from the potential adopter and it would also be nice to give a donation from you to cover the cost of the rescue’s time.

Allow enough time

Try and give yourself plenty of time to find the right home for your pet. If you are rehoming due to moving house or leaving the country then you will have a known time frame for when you need the animal rehomed. Try to find a Plan B in case you don’t have a new home arranged for your pet in time. A rescue cannot create a space for your pet from thin air. Do not expect them to be able to take your pet just because you haven’t rehomed it.

Think about why you are rehoming?

Really think about your reasons for rehoming your pet. Once it has a new home it will be very difficult to get the animal back so be very sure this is your only option.

If you are rehoming due to emigration – can you take them with you?

If you are rehoming due to moving to a smaller house/no garden – can you exercise them more to make the situation work? Find a landlord that will allow pets?

If you are rehoming due to longer working hours – have you considered doggy day care or a dog walker? If you are rehoming due to behavioural problems with your animal – have you gone to training classes or looked for help with this problem?

If you are rehoming due to having a baby – this is usually not an issue when you have a pet as long as you give your pet time to adjust to the new situation. There are plenty of resources available online to help.