Follow these tips to give your dog the best chance for a happy, healthy life if you're faced with giving Fido up for adoption.
Step 1: Contact breeder Contact your dog's breeder or previous owner and ask them to help you find a new home for your pet.
Step 2: Make adoptable Make sure your dog is in the best condition for adoption by having them spayed or neutered, getting them groomed, and getting their vaccinations up to date.
Step 3: Set a fee Advertise your dog's availability for adoption online, or with flyers posted at neighborhood stores, your workplace, and public places. Set an adoption fee to offset your veterinarian and advertising costs, and so that you'll only attract serious adoption candidates.
TIP: Walk your dog wearing an "up for adoption" sign.
Step 4: Evaluate interested parties Evaluate interested parties, exploring their suitability for your dog, and be sure to ask for their veterinarian's name and for references.
Step 5: Set a meeting Offer to set a time for the potential pet owner to spend some time the pet, and for you to examine the dog's new living conditions.
Step 6: Prepare contract Prepare an adoption contract with a waiver of liability to protect you from future issues.
Step 7: Stay in touch Stay in touch with the dog's new owners until you are certain it's a good match. Now, rest easy knowing you took the responsible steps to ensure your dog's adoption has a happy ending for everyone involved.
FACT: As of 2009, there were approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States, according to the Humane Society.