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Your Questions About How To Find A New Home For My Dog

Linda asks…

I need to find a good home for my dog…how?

Does anyone have a suggestion about how I should go about finding a good home for my dog? Are there any online sites I can go to to advertise? I don’t entirely trust craigslist.org…and I refuse to take him to the pound/shelter.

He’s mixed Husky and an extremely good dog. I am moving to Cali in three months and I have to find a new home for him. He’s huge and I want to make sure he goes to the right enviorment.

I live in Tulsa Oklahoma if that helps.

New Niche Finder answers:

Petfinder.com.. Ihttp://search.petfinder.com/search/search.cgi
Click on the rescue name in the left column, and you will get contact info. Keep contacting until you find the one who will allow you to post using their account..These rescues will carefully screen all prospective homes, to try to find you dog a forever family..
It is hard for me to imagine moving without taking my dogs! I would no more leave them behind than I would my kids..I recently moved with 7 dogs, and although it isn’t the easiest, it was sure well worth the hassle

Laura asks…

Cat and Dog relationship issues…help!!! (think the cat might have to find a new home)?

I am asking this for my 15 year old sister.

About 3 months ago, my Dad and sister took in a cat. The cat was supposedly good with other animals including dogs.

Now they have 2 dogs (Well 4 but only 2 live inside with the cat, the other 2 live outdoors and help work the farm.)

Their indoor dogs (Beagle and Poodle) have been around cats before (they lived with 2 elderly cats when they were younger) and they don’t have any issues with cats.

When they picked up this cat, they asked if the cat did okay with dogs and the owner said yes (elderly lady that couldn’t care for her cat anymore)

So they took the cat home who is about 8 years old.

They took all the proper introductory measures and knew there would be an adjustment period but the cat just didn’t take to the dogs.. Now both my sisters have grown quite attached to that cat. Especially my 10 year old sister.

Problem is there have been a lot of fights between the cat and 2 dogs and the cat wins every time. And the fights have escalated to the point that the other day the beagle was rushed to the vet and almost lost her eye.

They said that she just walked into the room and the cat attacked her.

Now my sister loves this cat but her loyalty is to her dog of 13 years. They all know that this cat will most likely have to go but my 10 year old sister is having a hard time with it and she is begging my Dad to give it more time. To try harder to make them get along.

They have already had one emergency vet visit and the other dog stays constantly scratched up.

Is there any way to make this work or do they need to find another home for the cat?

Thanks

What do you suggest?

If cat has to be rehomed how to get 10 year old to understand and best way to rehome the cat?

New Niche Finder answers:

I am sure that the rehoming is a last resort, so I am going to suggest things that you could try in order to ‘keep the peace’

Have you researched any herbal remedies that might calm the cat down such as rescue remedy or other solutions? You can put this in the cats water or rub it behind it’s ears. Try calling your vet or vet assistant to see if they could recommend any thing they might even suggest a calming prescription medication such as clomicalm]. These can work out to be very effective!

I would also look at clipping the cats nails to avoid having any more injuries. A blunt nail isn’t going to do much damage. So use either regular toenail clippers or cat specialty clippers and just take off the sharp tip of the nail – don’t cut too deep to where the pink and white areas are as this would cause bleeding. To look at the correct way to do it in video form, look up on youtube ‘how to clip a cats claws/nails’ and there should be plenty of results.

Is it possible to keep the cat and the dogs apart for a while? This might help calm the cat down a little bit and then try reintroducing them using the correct methods over a few days – weeks. This won’t hurt trying and make sure it is done properly with very very short viewings and interactions over the course of the introductions… Increasing over time when you feel it is safe to do so.

Do you punish the cat when it is naughty to the dogs? Spraying it with water pistol [with water and perhaps a touch of citrus such as lemon juice] and saying “NO” in a stern voice and removing the cat immediately from the area and giving it a time out for approximately 5-10 minutes is an appropriate punishment and should be done every time it happens.

I have 2 cats, and 1 dog. One cat LOVES the dog, the other cat hates the dog. But they live together fine, there are no fights – just hisses occasionally. Even if you could get this sort of a relationship at least you would be able to keep the cat.

If you have to absolutely rehome the cat after exhausting all these options, please don’t take her to the pound, as an 8 year old cat wouldn’t have a very good chance of being adopted< if you know what I mean :( Make sure to rehome to a kind family through newspaper, websites or vet notices.

Sandy asks…

How can I talk to my boyfriend about possibly finding a new home for the dog (long details)?

We have a 5-year-old german shepherd. The problem is that my boyfriend got her when he was in school and had a lot more time on his hands. I just moved in with him and we both have to work now.
I try daily to bond with the dog and take care of her (I spend more time with her than my boyfriend does) but it’s just not working out. She started attacking me in the snow when I was shoveling today. One minute we were having fun, running around, the next she wouldn’t let go of me and it hurt.
I feel like she is not dangerous, she’s just a little slow because she’s had a lot of seizures. She needs more attention and training than we can give her.

Today she was let out three times, the third time she pooped on the floor as soon as she got back inside. I cooked spaghetti and drained it in the sink. Meanwhile, we played outside (and I got hurt). So I quickly went to the porch to take my snow gear off, and she ate the spaghetti that was in the colander! I am only one person here and I can’t keep my eyes glued on her all the time, no chores would get done. That type of hijink situation happens almost EVERY DAY where I turn my back for two seconds and somethings going awry.

I know it’s “not the dogs problem” that she is poorly trained but I feel like since my boyfriend is not willing to commit more time to this, we need to find her a new home.

So, how can I break the news of how I feel? Do you think I am being reasonable here? I have been at this for a month at least.
We actually HAD a plan, but it’s become all on me. It’s not making a dent in her behavior.
We have been doing crate training and more exercise but I will try the other suggestions as well. Thanks.

New Niche Finder answers:

I think there are a lot of things you could try before giving the dog away. First and foremost – more exercise. A tired dog is a good dog. It also helps “move things along” with the potty situation.
Second, giver her some mental stimulation. GSD’s are smart, and if not entertained, can create trouble. Try getting her puzzle toys, kongs, and other food-holding toys, bones, etc.
Third, could either of you commit to 1 night a week training class?
Fourth, have you tried talking to an animal behaviorist? Your vet can probably refer you to one. Many shelters have behavior help lines, too.
Fifth, have you tried crate training to keep her safe and out of trouble when you can’t watch her?

If the bf doesn’t want to participate in these options, then bring up rehoming her. With her age, health problems, and size, it may be difficult to find someone who will take her. It’s his dog, so really, he needs to be responsible for making her a good citizen in the household so you can live there comfortably with her. If he still won’t cooperate, you may need to move out.

Lisa asks…

How do I prepare my dog, myself, and my daughter, for his new home?

I have a 5yr old dog named “Justice” that I found on the side of the road when he was a puppy. I was recently forced to move quickly because of an abusive relationship, and my daughter and I are now living with my mom and step-dad. They have dogs already and I cannot keep him with me. I have been working very hard with a local rescue to find him a new home. Meanwhile, he is staying with a friend of a friend. We go to visit him everyday, and he seems scared and confused. My daughter (shes 4) and I both love and miss him so much, we usually both cry when we have to leave him behind. I got a call today from the rescue today, they found him a new home. The people have been screened, and had a home visit, they were approved. Im supposed to drop him off within the next couple of days. How do I explain this to my daughter? How do I tell her she has to say goodbye to him forever?
How do I prepare him? How do I say goodbye myself when Im already crying? What should I do?

New Niche Finder answers:

The couple adopting him might let you and your daughter visit him – it’s worth a try. As for Justice, it will take time, but given enough love from his new home he will adjust. Since he was abandoned as a pup, he probably has a few issues with the sudden move, but stability and routine will help him. As for your daughter, just explain to her it’s sad, but he is getting a new home where they will love him very much and take good care of him while the two of you get back on your feet again. Be sure to reassure her that her home will always be with you. Good luck

Mandy asks…

How do I prepare My Dog, My Daughter, and Myself, for his new home?

I have a 5yr old dog named “Justice” that I found on the side of the road when he was a puppy. I was recently forced to move quickly because of an abusive relationship, and my daughter and I are now living with my mom and step-dad. They have dogs already and I cannot keep him with me. I have been working very hard with a local rescue to find him a new home. Meanwhile, he is staying with a friend of a friend. We go to visit him everyday, and he seems scared and confused. My daughter (shes 4) and I both love and miss him so much, we usually both cry when we have to leave him behind. I got a call today from the rescue today, they found him a new home. The people have been screened, and had a home visit, they were approved. Im supposed to drop him off within the next couple of days. How do I explain this to my daughter? How do I tell her she has to say goodbye to him forever? How do I prepare him? How do I say goodbye myself when Im already crying? What should I do?

New Niche Finder answers:

How awful for you. Unfortunatly for the dog’s sake the rescue will probably not let you visit the dog. Know that they have found a wonderful home and the new owners will know the proper steps to take so your dog will be safe and happy very soon. That’s all the comfort i can provide you on your dog. The dog lives in the moment and will adjust far more easily than you will. As for your daughter just be honest with her, let her know that the dog is going to a great home, she will not be able to visit, but she must know that the dog is very safe. You can ask the rescue if they can get periodic reports on the dog so you can let your daughter know how the dog is doing. But i would not tell your child about this until you actually receive at least one report. Due to the circumstances i would hope the rescue would try to accomodate this at least.

As for you, you are a brave and couragous woman. And it’s a shame you and your daughter have had to go through so much and now the change of losing your dog. Be prepared for your daughter to have some trouble adjusting, but just be honest with her in a way a 4 year old can understand. Make sure you take time for yourself and it’s ok if she sees you crying. It lets her know it’s ok to be sad. Explain to her why you’re sad and that it’s ok. This will help her open up to you about things she’s sad about and you can talk through them and she won’t keep them all inside and act out in other ways. Don’t promise your daughter a new dog in the future since you do not know when and if this will be possible. Don’t lie or tell her things that you don’t know for a fact you can do. She’s had some pretty tough changes right now and knowing she can trust you is going to be important more than anything. You have made the right choice, you child’s safety and your own is above all the most important, and you must stay strong. Find a friend or someone you can speak with open and honestly. You are a brave and strong woman and you will come through this fine. And so will your child and dog. Best to you.

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