Things to do to Place your Dog in a New Home

(by Kyle Trumbull-Clark)

Who to contact first:

  1. Contact all of your family members and friends who know this dog and let them know you are looking for a good home for the dog.

  2. Put notices up at your work place with a photo of the dog and short description.

  3. Put notices up at your veterinarian's office, local pet supply and feed stores with a photo and short description.

Put ads in your local papers:
Run ads in your local papers and keep them running until the dog is placed. "Free" ads (meaning: you are asking no money for the dog) usually do not cost anything. A typical ad might read:

Australian Shepherd, female, blue merle,
spayed, 1 year, loves kids and cats,
housebroken, needs loving new home.

Only include truthful information in your advertising. If your dog is not good with kids, you might say "Adult only home". If your dog is not housebroken, does not like cats or other dogs, do not say the dog is good with them - be honest!

Contact your local Aussie Rescue representative and give a complete description of the dog to them to use when we do hear from possible adopters. Send us a photo either by e-mail or regular mail for inclusion on our local Aussie Rescue Web site.

Photos:
Make sure the picture is very clear and sharp. The dog should "fill up" the photo. A small speck of what might be a dog running will not help find the dog a new home. Potential Adopters would like to see what the dog looks like close up. A happy, alert look on a dog's face will help place the dog faster.

Screening and talking to possible adopters:
Many people do not want to do this as they do not feel qualified to screen potential adopters for their dog - but who better to do this than the person who knows and loves your dog best? There are several "tricks" to doing this that rescue people use that you can use too when answering phone calls from your ads. Here they are:

  1. Never give out any information on the dog itself other than color, age and sex until you feel that this is a fairly decent home that may be considered for your dog.

  2. Never give out your address until you feel that this is the right home for the dog.

  3. There are 4 basic questions that need answering before you give out any information on your dog. The answers to these 4 questions will give you the basics about the possible home.

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