Posted by: secondchancehumanesociety | September 2, 2008

Re-Homing Pets

Harp - Author of the Week

Harp - Author of the Week

Hi, my name is Harp (based upon my sweetly singing voice) and although I was taken into the Second Chance Humane Society Shelter as a stray, many pets arrive here not because they were found wandering on highways, parks, or backyards but because their parents could no longer care for them. Although most people know that when they bring a pet into their family and home it is a lifetime commitment, some find that life circumstances make it difficult to maintain this commitment.

Second Chance regularly receives requests to take in pets from families due to a vast variety of reasons: major changes in career, finances, re-location, or even a death in the family, although some unfortunately just lose interest in their pets.  Other requests involve behavioral issues with pets that are felt to be beyond resolution.  (A past Pet Column encouraged readers to confront behavioral issues immediately, consistently, and with commitment to prevent surrendering your pet.  You can call the Second Chance Helpline for assistance and information on this).

Second Chance is foremost committed to keeping pets in their homes and many times the staff can help you identify solutions you have not yet created, such as having your friend temporarily care for your pet while you focus on the crisis at hand, or re-arranging your schedule to exercise your dog on your lunch break to keep him from eating the curtains in a fit of mid-day boredom.

With the amount of homeless pets in this region (such as me!)  in need of a temporary shelter at Second Chance, the best solution for someone who feels that they are unable to continue providing quality care for their pet is to start making plans for such pets well in advance.  Although this is not always possible, it is the best way to make this transition the easiest for you and your pet. 

Surrendering a pet is a difficult thing for all, filled with emotions of guilt, sadness, loss, and more.  Although the responsibility remains yours, in the event that you must surrender a pet, Second Chance can assist you in finding a suitable home in the following ways:

-Placing the pet on the SCHS webpage of adoptable pets.

-Matching you with someone on the SCHS “wish-list” searching for a particular pet breed/type.

-Assessing whether the pet can be accepted into the SCHS shelter or foster care program.

-Provide you with additional resources/shelters for placing your pet.

As you can see with all of these options, the important thing is to begin this process well in advance.  Showing up at the Second Chance Shelter with your pet the day before you have to move out of town does not support the staff’s ability to help you.  As a no-kill facility there are space limitations and never a guarantee that your pet can be admitted. 

Having the SCHS staff help you find a new home for your pet before you have to physically surrender the pet significantly reduces stress on you and your pet.  Moving a pet from your home to the shelter and then days to months later into a new adoptive home can be quite traumatizing to your pet.  Re-homing your pet directly from your home to a new home is much more ideal.  It also gives homeless pets like me more of a chance of getting adopted from the shelter – and that of course is my ultimate goal…a loving forever home of my own where I can sing my lovely melodies.

Purrs, Harp

Call the Second Chance Helpline at 626-2273 to report a lost pet or learn about SCHS Spay/Neuter Vouchers, Volunteer & Foster Care and other Programs.  Visit to see our adoptable pets.  Responses to Pet Columns can be sent to


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