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What to do when you cannot keep your pet
The American pet Association is committed to responsible pet ownership and doing so in a reality-based manner. This means we do not sugarcoat things.
This time to discuss the hardest part of this topic. The longer pet has been in your family the harder the separation will be especially if the animal is turned in to a shelter. The loss of their family can be absolutely devastating to them. Many pets do not recover and without proper care have behavioral problems that make them unadoptable. The sad reality is that most family pets that are turned in to a shelter do not leave the shelter. And do not be misled into thinking in animal turned in to a no kill shelter lives happily ever after. Shelter life can be extremely stressful and unenjoyable especially when it is a life sentence.
|Life in a no kill shelter can be sad and lonely.|
In order of preference:
Get creative, accept the hardships, muscle through it. Chances are the problem is temporary.
Find a family member or close friend to take the pet, even part time until the situation changes.
Find a friend of a friend or a stranger to take the pet. Be careful who you choose as your desperation could cause you to put your pet into a bad home.
Place an ad in a newspaper or online. Be very descriptive of the positive points and be upfront about any negative behavior. Be careful who you choose as your desperation could cause you to put your pet into a bad home.
Turn your pet in to a shelter. Realize the possible repercussions.
We wish this article could have better news but now is the time to become very creative and use all of your resources and compassion to find positive outcomes.
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companionship and love.