Dog Rehoming: Help For Anyone Thinking Of Rehoming A Labrador
Help for anyone thinking of rehoming a Labrador?
Here are some tips from dog rescuers.
1) Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
You don’t have to tell them everything right away, but at least let them know what you’re looking for. They’ll probably want to help you out too!
2) Be prepared to spend time with your new friend.
If they seem like they might not be able to give you much advice, then it’s best if you just go ahead and get yourself a puppy of your own instead. (And no, there aren’t any “free” puppies around.)
3) Your vet will need to see the pup before deciding whether or not it’s good enough for adoption.
So make sure that the vet sees all three of these things first!
4) Once the vet says yes, then you’ll need to decide where to take him.
There are several places that offer such services. Some vets will even come pick up the pup for free! (If you’re lucky!) But others may charge a fee.
You can check out their websites for details.
5) Finally, you’ll want to find a home that’s going to accept your new pet into its family.
Some people want purebreds and aren’t looking for an older dog. Others don’t have the time or money to take care of one right now, but they’re happy to provide a home for one in the future.
6) If you end up keeping your new pooch, then that’s great!
Now you just need to get all the supplies it needs: bowls, food, water, leash, collar, bed, toys, etc. (You’ll probably want to get each of these anyway, since you’ll need them for your new pet!)
We hope that this short guide helps you out and answers any questions you have about rehoming a pet. If not, then there are many other resources available online that can help! Good luck and happy searching!
Why should I work with a lab rescue if there are so many dogs needing homes at shelters?
There are many great reasons to work with a lab rescue as opposed to a pet store or breeder.
1. You’re saving the life of a dog in need and providing it with a safe, warm home.
2. Your new friend can live out the rest of its life without having to worry about being put to sleep or ignored.
3. It’s completely free!
(Most of the time)
4. Most rescues have websites where you can see what kind of dog you’re getting.
You can also ask questions too!
5. If anything is wrong with your dog, the rescue will either fix it or give you another one!
6. Labs that come from a lab rescue are usually house trained already so you don’t have to worry about that hassle!
Ready to get started?
1. Go to the website of a lab that you’re interested in.
If there’s too many for you to keep track of, you can also do a search on google or yahoo! Sometimes that can help too.
2. Most rescues have a short survey that you have to fill out before you can adopt their dog.
It’s pretty short though.
3. You’ll need to tell them your information: your name, address, phone number, and a little about yourself.
Be completely honest! If you get caught lying, you can get in big trouble!
4. Tell them which lab(s) you’re interested in.
(Be sure to look at their website first!)
5. Tell them if there’s any special reason why you want that lab in particular.
6. Tell them if you want to be contacted by email, phone call, or letter.
7. After you send in your appplication, you can expect to wait anywhere from a few days to several weeks before getting a response!
Don’t panic if you don’t get a call right away.
Good Luck and happy adopting!
(These guides are works in progress. If you see anything that needs to be added, edited, or have any questions, please let us know! Send email to [email protected])
Guides in progress:
1. How to Find a Lab Puppy
2. How to Find a Lab Rescue
3. How to Get Started in Field Trials
4. How to Get Started in Hunting Tests
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- Adopting Animals: Home and Family in US Rehoming Narratives (J Nyman – Thinking with the Familiar in Contemporary Literature …, 2019 – brill.com)
- Picture Perfect Pups: How Do Attributes of Photographs of Dogs in Online Rescue Profiles Affect Adoption Speed? (M Nakamura, N Dhand, BJ Wilson, MJ Starling… – Animals, 2020 – mdpi.com)