Too many people give up their Shiba inu rescue for trivial reasons, like boredom and bother, forgetting that they are dealing with their lives. Of course, there are also genuine folks who are caught in situations that make keeping a beloved dog impossible. For example,
Downsizing: Families may be obligated to move from a suburban home to an urban condominium and have given up their dog especially large-breed dogs.
Families may be obligated to move from a suburban home to an urban condominium and have given up their dog especially large-breed dogs. Relocation: Breadwinners may be asked to relocate their new job position in a foreign land.
Breadwinners may be asked to relocate their new job position in a foreign land. Allergies: Families may find themselves battling severe allergies in a newborn child or sick relative.
Families may find themselves battling severe allergies in a newborn child or sick relative. Behavioral Issue: Owners may have an over dominating dog and unable to give the time needed for obedience training.
There are countless reasons why owners are “forced” to give up their dogs for adoption thus it is very important for any potential dog owner to evaluate their lifestyles and personalities before getting one.
Abandoning the dog in the street, hoping some kind souls would “adopt,” is unthinkable. Leaving the dog at the shelter’s gate secretly is irresponsible. Dumping the dog inside a restaurant’s garbage bin is unimaginable. Euthanize a healthy dog is utterly incomprehensible.
I’m not here to judge but we cannot pretend these things never happened. Neither am I encouraging owners to give up their dog readily whenever circumstances did not work out as they wished. There are ways to work around it if you care to do the research. Suppose you tried (really did try) many times and failed, here are some useful tips to increase your chances to get your dog for adoption.
Reality Check! Dogs who are 5 years of age are harder to re-home. If they’re sickly and require frequent trips to the vet or constant medication, chances are almost zero.
First, you would need to write a profile for your dog, preferably a few versions various in length and details for different locations you’re going to distribute. Provide detailed information will increase your chances of success in re-homing your dog. Having said, you must avoid writing it like an essay format. People scan texts so avoid big words. Sentences should be very short and in point form.
Information should include breed, age, sex, health condition, unique characteristics, intact or altered, toilet trained or not, a recent photo of your dog, and your contact number. You may want to leave the behavioral issues (if any) until later when you do the interviewing.
7 Ways to Get your Dog for Adoption
- Circles of Friends: Ask all your friends, relatives, colleagues, and neighbors if they would like to adopt your dog. If not, you can ask them to spread the word to their friends, relatives, and colleagues. These can be done in person, by phone call, and through email. Veterinary Clinics, Pet Stores, Grooming Salons: Before you put up flyers in these places, ask for their permission. This approach may not be viable for some, especially pet stores, but it would not hurt to ask. Breed Clubs: Check with clubs whose members are fanciers of your dog’s breed. Some members may be looking for an addition to the family. Remember to bring along your flyers to pin them on their message board. If they have a message board on their website, post it too.
- Advertisement: This will cost you some money depending on the advertiser’s rate. Advertise in newspapers, pet magazines, or breed club’s website. Free Website: Set up a website or blog such as blogger.com, MySpace, or create a Squidoo lens. Although your site will not generate much traffic from search engines as it is a static site, nonetheless you would want to redirect prospective adopters there if they want more information about your dog. Video and Picture’s website: In addition to free websites, you could create a video of your dog’s lifestyle and upload it to YouTube.com or post your dog’s pictures on Flickr.com. Remember to include your site/blog address in it. Social
- Networking and Bookmarking Sites: And speaking of redirecting, you could spread the word out to social networking and bookmarking sites. There is a gazillion of these sites popping out every day. The easier way to find them is to google the keyword phrases. Del.icio.us and Friendster.com, the most popular ones, are among the many.
These methods are by no means comprehensive, I’m sure there are many more ways to get the word out, but they’ve proved to be workable and successful. The following two tips are used when you are making the transaction, so to speak.
- Interview: Educate the new owner thoroughly about your dog’s needs. Do not hide anything from them be it a behavioral issue or health condition. Nobody likes surprises, especially nasty ones. Assure them that you will be available (unless you moved far away) for advice, moral support, and help should they have any issue of handling the dog at times. Belongings: Make it easier for your dog. Hand over his food, bedding, toys, medication, and anything to help ease into his new home and minimize the shock of parting with you. After all, these things are of no use to you anymore.
The new owner may want to know your reasons for giving up the dog for adoption. The least you could do is, to be honest even it hurts to admit your faults. You will be surprised by the respect you gained being sincere.
Looking at the list of things you need to do to get your dog for adoption may seem a lot of work and I won’t deny. From personal experience, my dogs were able to get the attention needed and adopted using only the first four methods. I would have utilized all seven ways if only the Internet was so accessible and advance in the mid-90s.