A New Home: Recognizing When It s Time to Give Up Your Beloved Pet

Giving up your cat for adoption

Cat Adoption / September 9, 2022

These resources can help you keep your pet, or find them a good home when that's not an option.

  • Before you part with your pet, check out the resources available to help pet owners. Photo by Cynoclub/Shutterstock

If you’re struggling financially, annoyed by your pet's behavior, experiencing pet allergies or having trouble finding housing that welcomes your pets, our resources can help.

Pet-related problems can be frustrating, and you may feel that giving up your pet is the only solution. But before you take that step, check out the resources available to help pet owners resolve problems that may seem overwhelming. Best case scenario: You won’t have to part with your friend after all. But if you do, our tips can help you find your pet a loving new home.

Pet behavior issues? You may not have to give up your pet.

Many behavior problems can be caused by a treatable medical condition. For example, a housetrained pet may begin urinating in the house due to a urinary tract infection that a veterinarian can diagnose and easily treat.

If there’s no physical cause for the problem, remember that many common pet behavioral issues have simple solutions. Check out our tips below, or consider consulting an animal behaviorist or trainer in your community. Your local animal shelters or rescue groups may offer low-cost veterinary care or training services or be able to refer you to other organizations that offer these services. Find your local shelters and rescues by visiting The Shelter Pet Project and entering your zip code.

  • Need help with your cat’s behavior? Check out our resources for information on how to calm frightened cats, how to stop destructive scratching or chewing, how to solve litterbox issues, how to help pets get along with each other and more.
  • Need help with your dog’s behavior? Check out our resources for information on how to prevent chewing or digging, how to housetrain your dog, how to teach your dog to feel comfy in their crate, how to keep your dog from barking excessively or escaping your yard and more.

Housing problems? You may not have to give up your pet.

If you are having trouble finding animal-friendly housing, or experiencing other pet-related housing difficulties such as a nuisance complaint, check out our resources on keeping pets welcome in rental housing.

Pet allergies? You may not have to give up your pet.

See our resources on how you can have a happy, healthy life with your furry companions, even if you’re allergic to them.

Trouble affording your pet’s care? You may not have to give up your pet.

Anyone can experience an unexpected financial crisis. Don’t panic: Many national, state and local organizations provide assistance with pet food and other essentials, behavioral advice and training, and low-cost or free spay/neuter and other veterinary care.

Your local animal shelters or rescue groups can also be a great resource for free or low-cost pet assistance. Find your local shelters and rescues by visiting The Shelter Pet Project and entering your zip code.

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