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When Should You Rehome A Pet?

When Should You Rehome A Pet?

Faith P.

When you get a new pet, it’s an exciting time for the family. However, sometimes it doesn’t work out the way you planned. Maybe it’s because of a pet you already love, and perhaps they don’t get along with children or anything else that is concerning. Whatever the reason, you’re thinking about rehoming your new addition, but how do you know that it’s not just something they’ll get over with time. Then continue reading. Maybe this will help.

What Should You Consider

When thinking about rehoming a new pet, there are many things you can and need to consider. Consider the future and how keeping your new pet will affect it. Watch for signs that the new pet may not be a good fit. These things could include:

  • Unable to exercise them properly.
  • Unable to purchase food and supplies or take him to the vet.
  • Injury while attempting to care for them or with other pets and people
  • Depletion of energy from medical treatment, making it more challenging to care for them.
  • A worsening or newly-developed physical or mental disability that prevents the needed care
  • You are financially unable to provide care.
  • Your condition has changed your lifestyle so much that your pet is noticeably unhappy due to a lack of attention, exercise or other care.
  • They are a danger to people around you.
  • There is severe fighting between pets.


Options You Have For Rehoming Pets

One of the first options many people think of will be returning said pet to where you got them from, such as a shelter, rescue, or breeder. When rehoming a pet, many responsible breeders and shelters will require you to bring the cat back if you no longer feel like they are a good fit for your home. Another method many people use is to give the pet over to a trusted friend or family member who can and is willing to provide the pet’s care. Other options you have are advertising for their adoption, or taking them to a different rescue centre.

When They Have Been Rehomed 

After getting your pet rehomed, try to avoid visiting them in person; this may cause them confusion as they are trying to adjust to a new home. Feel free to ask for pictures and updates to make sure they feel comfortable in their new home. When deciding to rehome your pet, you have to be absolutely sure because there is no taking it back once you have done it. You should make sure wherever you are rehoming them that someone can take good care of them. If you do miss them, you can put your feelings down on paper by writing a letter. You may want to keep an item or two from your pet to keep you company on lonely days. 


Though rehoming a pet may be difficult, it may be the best decision for both you and your pet’s health and wellbeing. Feeling guilty is a natural thing to feel when needing to rehome a pet, but you have to remember that it is better for everyone in the long run. 




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