We receive calls from people every day who want us to help them find a home for their pets. In this time of so many unwanted animals, the sheer numbers of pets that need homes makes it a challenge to find a pet a loving home. The amount of time it takes to find a pet a home can vary, depending upon its age, health status, etc., but it can be done with a certain amount of effort. There are so many animals who need homes who are not older, do not have health or behavior problems. If it's a stray that you have taken in, be prepared to take on the responsibility of keeping it or finding it a good home where it will be taken care of. All dogs should be spayed or neutered prior to re-homing.
If you are no longer able to care for your pet and need to re-home your pet and a foster home is not available you can post ads at local vet offices. Most veterinarian's offices will usually have a bulletin board in the waiting room area. Make up some 4 x 5 cards or take a nice photo and make colored copies with information about the pet and your name and phone number and post them. Many rescues will also assist owners by posting owner release animals on reputable adoption sites as well.
The most important thing you can do to ensure that your pet finds a loving home where it will be taken care of by someone who is a responsible pet owner is to SCREEN potential new families. Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet's life and happiness may depend on it. If someone seems strange or something does not seem quite right about the person, it probably isn't. DO NOT tell them where you live. DO NOT let them come and take a look at the pet. You DO NOT have to give the pet to anyone who calls. ALWAYS deliver the pet to the prospective new owner. DON'T leave the pet if you don't feel comfortable for ANY reason.
Unless you can find a home where the pet will be taken care of by a loving responsible pet owner or somewhere in your area where it will be cared for in a protected and loving environment, keep the pet. You are the one who took on the responsibility and so you must be responsible for its well-being. A bad home is NOT better than no home at all. The final outcome is something only you can decide. Pets depend on us to make the best decisions for them.
For assistance with re-homing a hound please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.