Often, people relinquish their companions for reasons that have nothing to do with the animal. A move, a new baby, a new relationship, or a death in the family often cause people to give up their companions. Before obtaining an animal, it is important to consider how future events may impact your ability to care for your companion.
Acquiring a companion animal should be viewed as a long-term commitment lasting as long as the life of the animal. It is usually best not to acquire an animal at a time when the immediate future is very uncertain, when income is not sufficient, and/or when planning a major life event.
Beware of placing “free to good home” ads as a means of re-homing your animal. Some unscrupulous people pose as loving, capable pet owners in order to obtain animals for little to no cost. If you must place an ad, take steps to ensure your companion animal goes to a truly good home. Most responsible pet owners understand reasonable precautions, such as the following:
If you decide to surrender your companion animal to an animal shelter, do not leave the animal at the shelter after hours. Follow the shelter’s guidelines and policies regarding surrenders, and consider making a donation to the shelter or rescue to offset the costs of caring for the animal.