Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Tragedy of Free to Good Home

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Category: Schnauzer Help

how to place a pet properly.

The Tragedy of Free to Good Home

 Pass on these tips to persons who are adopting out animals:

  • Don't give pets away! Reference the reasons previously given in this article.
  • Be sure to "fix" the pet before adoption to prevent more "Free To Good Home" ads! Find out if the local humane or others will spay or neuter the animal for a reasonable cost. Use the adoption fee to recoup your money. The most important thing you can do to stop animal abuse is to spay or neuter your pets!
  • Use a Pet Adoption Agreement! Please don't let the animal out of your door without a signed adoption agreement!  This will usually stop dishonest people in their tracks.

An adoption form is available from our library as an Adobe Acrobat® pdf file. * Read our tips on "How to Find and Evaluate a Prospective Pet Adopter." Telephone screening forms are also available in our library.

Finding Prospective Homes For a Pet

  • Vet Offices. You will find more good pet owners here than anywhere else! Talk to the staff. They often know of clients whose pets have died and are looking for a new one. Leave a color photo and description of the animal and your phone number on their bulletin board or at their desk.
  • Bulletin Boards. Post a color photo of the pet, a description, and your phone number on bulletin boards at pet stores, supermarkets, churches, schools, and other community bulletin boards.
  • Newspaper Classifieds. Use this traditional method of advertising, but results are generally not as good as using Vets offices and bulletin boards.
  • Local Publications. Also use whatever weekly advertising magazines are available in your area, such as the Penny Saver, Treasure Chest, Bargain Weekly, etc. They are generally more inexpensive than newspapers and allow you to elaborate in your ad.
  • Pet Rescue Organizations. Let local organizations know what you have available for adoption. They may help locate potential owners for a brokered adoption fee.


Telephone Screening phone screening for cats <- This can be adapted for dogs

Use our telephone screening forms for potential cat or dog adoptions. Our grading systems on these forms help you to properly evaluate prospective homes for your pet. These forms are available from our library as Adobe Acrobat® files. What to ensure when adopting out a pet

  • Spayed or neutered before adoption.
  • A completed screening form.
  • A visit to the home of the prospective new owner.
  • A loving adoptive family, committed to the pet for life.
  • A signed Pet Adoption Agreement
  • Cats kept inside exclusively.
  • Pet proof fence and gates.
  • Pet is returned to you if new owner decides to give it up at any future date.

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Some folks answering the "Free to Good Home" ads really are loving, responsible pet owners. Many--perhaps even most--are not. There are steps YOU can take to help end abuse:


  • DON'T advertise Free pets; 
  • DO convince others not to. Some people even take the time to phone owners of pets advertising Free to Good Home and warn them of the dangers.


  • DO spay/neuter to keep from creating possible Free to Good Home situations or condemning your pet to a short, miserable life in a puppy mill.


  • DO write letters to the editors of your local newspapers warning of the dangers of Free to Good Home. (Sample letter attached.)


  • DO contact breed rescue organizations (there is one for every breed of pure-bred dog!) or local animal welfare organizations for help in placing unwanted pets; if you bought the pet from a responsible breeder, he/she will help you rehome the pet.


  • DO charge at least $25 to discourage resale of pets to labs. (Some sources suggest charging no less than $100 for pure-bred dogs.)


  • DO take the time to interview every prospective owner. Ask for vet and personnel references, and check them, then visit the new home where your pet might be living!


  • DO write a letter to your state and federal representatives in support of animal protection legislation, aimed at regulating puppy mills, cracking down on animal fighting, and doing away with Class B dealers, who sell animals obtained from "random sources" to research facilities. Random sources include strays, stolen pets, seized shelter animals, animals purchased at flea markets--and pets found through "Free to good home" ads. (See the Legislation and Laws section of the Humane Society of the United States website or the Lobby section of ASPCA website for pending state and federal legislation.)


  • DO report any incidence of suspected dog-fighting to police, Animal Control, and your local Humane Society. DON'T try to stop these people yourselves; there is a lot of money involved here, and you could be putting yourself and your pets at risk if you try to intervene alone.


  • DO call police, animal welfare workers, even the health department, if someone in your area seems to be "collecting" cats or dogs.


  • DO write to district attorneys, judges, and prosecutors if you hear of the arrest of any so-called collectors in your area, and urge them not only to prosecute to the full extent of the law, but also to mandate psychological counseling for these individuals in the hopes of avoiding repeat violations. Please see the "First Strike" section of the HSUS website for printable fact sheets for Law Enforcers and Prosecutors detailing the links between cruelty to animals and violence against humans.


  • DO call police or animal welfare workers for any incidences of suspected abuse. Be willing to testify in court, if necessary. Note: what constitutes animal abuse is defined by state law.If your state has inadequate abuse laws, TRY TO CHANGE THEM!


Remember--the welfare of pets is in ALL of our hands!




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how to screen potential adoptors.



please alter BEFORE you re-home. see previous list:

a great way to kill 2 birds with one stone so to say .. is to have the animal at the vet and have the new adopter pay the spay or neuter fee upon pick up .

That way they are altered and you are both insured that  the animal is up to date on it's shots and going to a good home .If you screen carefully it shouldn't be too hard to to fine a person willing to do this as it ensures a responsible and good home for the animal.

more resources and list of ATL area rescues