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Free to a Good Home

Although everyone should be committed to caring for their dogs and be willing to make compromises for the sake of keeping them, even if unexpected changes make that inconvenient, sometimes there are valid reasons why someone must relinquish their dog. Those reasons might include .... Loss of a job or relocation to housing that will not allow dogs. Dogs must sometimes be put up for adoption because someone in their home suffers from severe allergies. Sometimes a dog needs a new home because an owner becomes physically unable to care for it, or the owner is terminally ill. When a dog owner passes away, family members must sometimes find a new home for the dog. There might be serious aggression or dominance issues with another pet.

In a effort to personally find loving homes for dogs they care about, people sometimes place "Free To Good Home" ads in newspapers. Many people who advertise this way really do have good intentions and they care about what happens to the dog. If, for any reason you cannot keep your dog, please DO NOT try to find a new home for your pet by offering it - "Free to a Good Home". Please don't give your dog away to strangers!

Dishonest individuals who sell dogs for profit routinely find free dogs through newspaper ads. To deceive and help convince someone that they want a family pet, they might even bring children along when they go to pick up a free dog. These con artists are quite devious and good at what they do. They know what they must say and do to appear as though they really want your dog as their pet.

What can happen to a dog after it goes to someone who answers a "Free to a Good Home" ad?

If you must find a loving new home for your dog....

When someone answers your ad .....

    Ask for identification - their name, address, and phone number. Ask for references. Get personal references, references from neighbors, plus a reference from their veterinarian if they have other pets or if they tell you they want a dog because their dog passed away.

    Check out the references. Find out if their other pets or former pets had adequate veterinary care, including regular check-ups and vaccinations. Have a new owner sign an adoption agreement like those required by pet rescue organizations. There's an example of one listed below.

Have an in-home interview. Explain that you care about the dog's future and want to know that it will be happy and well-cared for. You want to see how the dog responds to a prospective new home and family. See how their other pets and children react. Ask about their job and who will be caring the dog. Find out where the dog will sleep.

If they give any excuses why you cannot visit them in their home, do not let them have the dog.

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