HALF OF THE ANIMALS ADOPTED EACH YEAR ARE RETURNED FOR BEHAVIOR ISSUES.
Pet overpopulation is a serious problem in our country, but more than pet overpopulation we have a pet retention problem. People are returning their newly adopted or purchased pets at alarming rates. They are also relinquishing their behaviorally challenged pets thinking that is the answer. We are here to tell you that is NOT the answer. If we could keep animals in their homes then the shelters and rescues would not be overflowing.
WE HAVE A PROBLEM.
But we must first admit we have a problem, before we can address the problem. The number one reason that animals are returned to rescues and shelters is behavior issues. And because humans are living with an entirely different species, we must learn how to live with this other species. We must educate ourselves on their physical, emotional and mental needs of our animals. Our pets give us so much we owe it to them to return the favor to
WE ARE LIVING WITH ANOTHER SPECIES.
In order to honor these animals we have chosen to share our homes with, we must first admit they are an entirely different species. And God created these creatures to do things other than just sit in our houses and wait for us to come home from work. We have to teach them how to live in a human society. Animals are not humans, but they do have feelings the same way humans have feelings.
ANIMALS ARE NOT HUMANS BUT HAVE FEELINGS.
To help these animals, people must understand that animals process their emotions the same way humans do. And we must also understand that our pets need guidance to understand how to live in this human world we have created. They experience trauma and life experiences the same way humans do and we need to learn how to communicate with them if we are going to save them.
ANIMALS ARE COMMUNICATING FEELINGS THROUGH BEHAVIOR.
Animals live by their own set of rules, social norms and boundaries within their pack or herd families. Just like humans have pack order in their families, they do to. Animals are only expressing their emotions and physical issues through their behaviors. We see so many animals that are struggling physically that is coming out in behavior issues.
YOUR PET NEEDS YOU TO ADVOCATE FOR THEM.
Your animals need you to figure out what they are trying to tell you with their behavior, whether that is physically or emotionally. And there is help out there if you are unable to figure this out on your own. You must be a voice for your pet with family, friends, veterinarian and medical staff, groomers and the public. Your animal does not have a voice, the only way they can communicate is through their behavior.
THE BEST PLACE FOR YOUR PET IS WITH YOU.
Many times people think that rehoming their pet is the answer to their behavior issues, and sometimes this is the case. But most often it is not. Most often the pet you have chosen has come into your life for a reason and they need our help to get better. Most often the humans that created the problems for these animals are not the ones who end up helping them.
ANIMALS ARE OUR TEACHERS.
There are so many lessons we can learn from our pets that will make us better. They can make us be better leaders, communicators, more empathetic, more understanding, powerful, advocates, and they need someone to believe in them. They need someone to believe they are worth the work. God gave us these amazing creatures for a reason and it is our job to look after them as the best stewards we can be.
THERE IS HELP OUT THERE.
When I was struggling with my own pets I felt helpless and that there was no help out there, no one was able to help us with the serious issues we were facing. Which is why I started this organization so that people would understand they are not alone. We are a movement to change the way our systems are working, to join forces and help each other help more animals. Join us on our mission.
If after reading through this information you still feel you must re-home your pet, please scroll down to the bottom of this page, or check out the information on the link below.
1. Is it wrong to be selective when rehoming your pet?
No, choosing a canine companion based on individual behavior and lifestyle compatibility is crucial to the success of the relationships between people and their dogs.
2. I’ve exhausted all my options trying to keep my pet, what do I do?
3. How do I work with my local animal shelter or rescue group?
Generally speaking, surrender your dog to an animal shelter or a rescue organization.
4. How would you describe your dog’s optimal environment and home?
To summarize, what kind of situation is best in its next home? In any event, is he okay with kids and other pets? On the whole, consider what type of people would suit his personality and energy. All things considered, create an idea of what your pet needs in its next home.
5. What would it take to get your dog to put his best foot forward towards a forever home?
Generally speaking, make sure the pet has recently had a wellness exam. Are his vaccinations are up-to-date? Now, create a pet profile online and describe the dog’s more exceptional qualities and its history. Doing so has more of a likelihood that the pet will make an impact online. All this ultimately helps adopters best understand your pet’s needs.
6. Are you able to be patient through the process?
Straightaway, pet rehoming takes patience. Although, you may be in a rush in rehoming your dog. On the whole, finding a good fit for your pet does take time, love, and patience.
Avoid Stress: In a word, advise the new family to avoid anything stressful as long as the dog is settling into their new environment.
The Dog May Not Eat: Tell them not to worry if the dog won’t eat on the first day. Nonetheless, he’ll eat when he’s ready.
Assure New Owners: Acclimating a new pet to a new home takes time, patience, love and trust just like in any relationship.
Keep in touch: Tell the new owners to call you from time to time with any questions or problems.
Make a great match for both your pet and his future adoptive family. With this in mind, share any health concerns, without delays, such as medications, allergies, and diet. Also, discuss his energy, unique behaviors, and personal tendencies so there are no surprises.
Discuss a rehoming fee and determine whether they want to consider a trial period with your dog. At this time, discuss the worst-case scenario. For instance, if the arrangement doesn’t work out. For this reason, discuss the expectations for post-adoption communication.
In conclusion, there are a lot of resources when it comes to helping a pet parent keep a dog as well as when you’re ready to explore rehoming a dog. When you cannot keep your dog, then take steps to safely and responsibly rehome a pet. In the meantime, if you’d like to read more about adjusting to life with your new dog to make your adoption last, review Home Forever Home on Petfinder for helpful tips and information.
*Article courtesy of Petfinder.com
DISCLAIMER: Due to the lack of regulations and the nature of the animal industry, as well as the changing practices of pet professionals - Midwest Animal Welfare Society, Inc. cannot be responsible for the actions of other pet professional companies and organizations. This includes pet professionals that have trained under the Life Changing Dog Training™ and Communicative LeashWork Process®. We will do our very best to connect you with pet resources and services and educate you on best practices, tools and information to help pet owners. However it is up to you the individual to do your own research and make a decision to hire a pet professional or work with an organization that will best meet you and your animal's needs.
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