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

Maria asks…

How long after giving birth can you sterilize the mother dog?

My dog is very popular with the guy dogs and dog birth control pills or injection doesn’t work. I love puppies but it’s getting harder and harder to find them a new home, so now we decided to sterilize the mother dog. How long after giving birth can you sterilize a dog? Thank you in advance for your help.
PS. To all the people who are quick to judge….I give the puppies away free for people who always wanted one. They are not beed dogs, neither is the mother. She’s a stray dog that we welcomed in our home.

New Niche Finder answers:

Best time is after she stops feeding the pups (usually 6 to 8 weeks) and before she goes into another heat. It’s a lot easier for the Vet and dog to do this when they are young, it may cost you a little more to do it.

Sharon asks…

I might have to give away my dog, please give your advice?

My dog is 11 years old and I live away from home for 7 months at a time for school, so my family takes care of her.
She is too much trouble for them, and they want me to find a new home for her.
I really don’t want to, but she can’t come with me either.
How should I go about finding her a good home?
She has a few behavior problems (barking and chasing people too much, occasionally soiling in the house, etc.)
It hurts really bad, but I need some options.
Any advice?
We haven’t had her for all 11 years, I got her from my grandma when she was 5, and my grandma can’t take her now either.
I would never just take her to a shelter or the pound, I love her WAY TOO MUCH!
Thank you for your understanding

New Niche Finder answers:

As an animal lover like yourself that is such a tough decision. I would not be able to do it no matter what. Just don’t give it away to anyone. Make sure that it goes to a good home. If you give it to a shelter you can be sure that your dog will be put to sleep. It is your responsibility to make sure that your dog gets the best care. I am sure he has been loyal to you and you must have had some really good times. Make sure that his last years are spend with someone who will take care of him. Maybe your can pay you family a little something to take care of him.

James asks…

Does anyone else find this as ridiculous as I do?

I’m sure at least a few of my contacts know that my husband and I have had to make the hard decision to find a new home for our dog. It’s not something that we necessarily wanted to do (especially not my husband), but we both agreed that because we cannot offer the attention that our dog needs that we need to find her a family that is able to give her the proper attention.

Now I posted a Q about advice when you have problems finding a new home for your pet and most were helpful. But I get one answerer who pops off with this:

“Will you also get rid of your kids when you realize they are inconvenient?”


Can someone please tell me how some idiot makes that connection with placing my children on the same importance as my pet? Don’t get me wrong, pets are important and need attention, love and care, but my kids still come first. If it’s down to choosing my kids or my dog, that’s a no brainer!

Can someone tell me how Evil Kenevil made that jump?
Ok new way of thinking about it:

If you were not able to give your children the proper care, wouldn’t you want what was best for your kids?

And if that meant giving them up to someone who could properly care for them, wouldn’t you do that if it was in their best interest?

……….Either way (back to the original subject), we are doing what we think is best for our family situation and what is best for our dog.
*I can understand if the person is childless and their pet is their “child”, but I’m talking about people with kids.

And even so, a don’t see how anyone could place more value on an animal’s life than a human’s life in any circumstance.

New Niche Finder answers:

I know exactly how you feel. When we found out i was pregnant the first time we had to move back in with my parents (the place we lived was inconvenient for raising a child). We had a dog but my parents already had a dog so we had to give Tyson (our dog) a new home.
We took him to the animal shelter after 2 months of trying to find a suitable home. The lady behind the counter asked why we could no longer care for him so we explained that i was pregnant and that we had to move back in with my parents for a while. She said to us “so basically the dog is an inconvenience?” I was like “What? No, we love him to death and it is devastating to have to do this but we cant cater for him at my parents house”.She then asked me if the pregnancy got too tough would i have an abortion.

I was fuming and crying my eyes out. Luckily for us her manager was standing close by and heard what she said to us and was fired on the spot.

I think about Tyson all the time and miss him terribly. I have seen him around with his new owners and he looks great and is happy. I only wish we could have him back.

Donald asks…

Is there anyway to find my dog & get it back?

A few days ago, my mother had gone to a shelter asking for info about how to find it a better home, but it wasn’t a set decision-she was only considering it. My dog was house trained, but for some reason he recently started peeing outside where he was supposed to & we didn’t know why, resulting in cleaning him and the floor up for atleast 6 times a day. My mother as frustrated with this, though she still loved the dog. As she was leaving the shelter with my father, a woman had walked up to her saying that she “happened” to hear what was going on, and that she wanted to see a picture of my dog then promising that if she took it, she’d give it a good home. My mother took the dog to her house, and she tried putting our dog down on the floor to see if he liked it, but he in fact got scared (for only the 2nd time of his life) and walked back to my mother. The woman then quickly grabbed him and put him in his arms, holding on ever so tightly, and just kept on persuading my mom that he’d live happy there and he’d have a good life, etc. Since my mother was trying to find a good home for him, he believed the woman and left him there, walking out the door crying… I was notified of giving away the dog on the day that it happened, and I didn’t know what to do. (I’m also under 18 so I can’t do anything about it either.) The woman had told us that the reason why my dog marks everywhere is because 6mths or older puppies need to be neutured, but after telling us that, she didn’t even bother to ask us to reconsider taking back our dog and trying to neutur it before making a final decision. For the next day, my mother and I bawled our eyes out, because we missed him ever so terribly. 2 days later, we went back to the womans house, requesting to see our dog. We heard our dog bark in her house, and she didn’t open the door until 3 minutes later, after I knocked her door for the second time. She told us that our dog was at the vet getting neutured, re-taking shots, and getting microchipped for a new family. I had no idea what she was talking about when she said “new family” so I asked, and she had told me that she surrendered my dog to the rescue, and a new family will adopt it the next day. I broke down crying while talking to her, asking her for any way to let me contact the “new soon-to-be owners” but she had refused to.

The thing is, everything isn’t really fitting the puzzle. How would we not know our own puppies voice after owning it for half a year? We heard him bark, and she said he wasn’t there. Then (because my mom can’t speak english, though she understands some) the woman started telling me that my mom was cold-hearted for “abandoning” the dog, that she tried convincing my parents to take back the dog MULTIPLE times, and that she soon thought “forget it. your mother has NO FEELINGS for it, he’d be better off without you guys”. (wtf?!) If my mother had no feelings for him, she would not be crying while walking out the door. She didn’t even want to give away the puppy as she wanted to take our dog back, but the woman had grabbed it already, constantly persuading my mother that it’ll find a good home. She then implied that she was doing “what’s best for the animal.” If that was so, wouldn’t returning the dog back to his family best for it, rather than giving it to a whole new family the dog will have to adapt to while thinking that his old one will one day return to him-and never find it happening?

I ask for help, because I’ve searched online many many days for any info, called many numbers and such…but I still couldn’t find anything. :( In this situation, is there any chance of getting my baby back? I got him for my birthday and he slept next to me as a little couple month old doggy…I really miss him.
Add; About this responsible matter, I just want to admit that I’m more irresponsible than I should have been. It’s partly my fault, I know. If I were the one to clean up, my mom wouldn’t be stressed. Also, after the woman told us how to solve the problem, she didn’t tell us reconsider, remember? If she told us what to do and told us to do it, my mom would’ve just resolved the problem like that. But the woman just took it… Oh, and by the way…The woman claims she is a volunteer for 1-800-save-a-pet.com, and she says that she already posted my dog up there and that a new family had adopted him yesterday. ): So if a new family already “owns” him, would I still have a chance?
For Vet papers, I live in Southern California, Los Angelos, and I have another dog as well- so we bring both our dogs (meaning including the one we “gave away :(” ) to these vets next to Walmart. They come once every Sunday and people line up for shots that they need, and yes, a paper comes with it. There’s a signature and everything including fee, and what shots were taken. Other than Photos and this “Vet” paper, I just have one video of him howling. The special thing about him is, when my brother plays the saxophone, he would howl. Otherwise, he doesn’t do it on a regular basis. He also has a special pink mark on his left nostril.
-If I could contact local authorities and such, can someone give me steps as to how to do it? I cannot find a number to directly reach any help. :l Thanks!
-By the way, for contact, you can email me at omgitspearl@gmail.com or IM me over AIM at PiNkxChOkliT
Forgot to mention – We should also still have some actual vet papers from when we took him in because of an ear infection!!
The woman has a lot of dogs in her house – because she’s a “volunteer for animal rescue” so her house is supposedly a foster home for dogs.

New Niche Finder answers:

I’m really sorry, but I have been reading your other questions and so things are seeming a bit confusing.

In the first situation I read, it sounded completely plausible. 6 months of ownership of a dog may seem like a lot, but many little dog barks can sound quite similar. Just as many larger dog barks sound similar as well. If you had owned the dog for maybe a bit longer there’d be a better chance of knowing exactly.

Now this woman who currently has your dog is sounding very irrational and well, nuts. If this is true you may be able to call local authorities and give them a try. Especially if nothing from your mother was signed. However with that, she will now have many veterinary documents with the neutering, shots and micro chipping.
Since you did not get your dog neutered while you had him, you do not have those papers obviously, but do you have any other vet documents? Or any form of proof other than photos that the dog is actually yours?

Just try the authorities. Police, whatever.
If you have the necessary documents to prove that the dog is yours, and your mother did not sign anything that stated she was giving up your dog, then you might have a chance of getting him back.
If you do, let him outside to pee instead of peeing in his crate it might just solve your problem.

Joseph asks…

How do I make sure my cat behaves in my new home?

My cat Isis is grown, has had her litters and has been fixed for several years now. When we first got her, she was a kitten and the only animal in the house; later, my brother brought in a puppy, and while they get along great, the dog is not very good at not releaving himself in my mom’s house. This seems to have rubbed off on my cat.

I’m moving now, and bringing just my cat into my new home, which I really do not want destroyed by her urinating inside. Last time I brought her to my new apartment for only a week, she peed on my roommate’s laundry and her beanbag chair, despite having a clean and easily accessable litter box.

Basically, I’m not sure what to do to ensure that my cat’s transition is both positive and safe, and that my new place won’t become a place I dread going home to. Of course the basics, I’m aware of: keep her litter box clean, away from loud noises, somewhere private and easily accessable. Does anyone else have any suggestions on how I can make sure my cat does not repeat her fiascos at my new home? This house has never had animals, so she will have no old stains to find and attract to, thankfully.

I’m desperate! Please leave your suggestions!

New Niche Finder answers:

Inappropriate elimination screams that there is something wrong in the kitty’s world. First and for most you should get the kitty to a vet for a full health exam. Urinary tract infections can brew for a very long time before cats show there is a problem. Even though this looks like a clear cut case of behavior issues, I would not be so quick to jump on that. Get the kitty to a vet.

Once the kitty has a clean bill of health, look at this from his point of view. Might the dog be bothering her? Will that be an issue once you move? If it is, make sure the dog can not get to the cat in the box. Use a baby gate to ensure the cat has unfettered access to the box.

Another issue is the size of the box. A lot of people buy the smallest box possible, then clean it out once a day. Cats go several times a day and end up walking over their own urine and feces to go. This is really unacceptable to an animal that is very clean and who’s sence of smell is very acute and who’s nose is very close to the source of the smell. Get a larger box. Even better, get two.

Start in the new house by giving the cat a ‘safe room’ one room where the litter box is, and put food and bedding in there as well, and lock the cat in it when you are not around to supervise it. Go in and play with the kitty so it doesn’t think this is a punishment. It isn’t. The reason for it is two fold. First to give the cat a place to get comfortable in right quick in the new home. If she has to mark the entire house, it might stress her out. Keep her territory small. The second reason for this is better litter box habits. When there is less room for her to get away from her ‘mistakes’ she’ll be less likely to make them

again, remember, none of this should be seen as punishment. The kitty is simply being a kitty. You need to do a little detective work and find out what the specific issue is. Remove the issue, you remove the problem. Hence a vet visit first and rule out medical which in all probability it is.

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