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How To Place Pets

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Every day we get many requests from people wanting us to take their animals. It would be impossible for us to take them all in. It would be equally as impossible for us to answer each email individually. Over time, we have developed a fairly comprehensive response on how to locate local rescuers or how to place pets yourself. We hope these hints will be of some help to you.


Post your problem on the newsgroup rec.pets.dogs.rescue It is a very active group and perhaps someone can refer you to a rescuer in your state. MAKE SURE YOU PUT YOUR LOCATION IN THE HEADER.

If the dog is purebred, your best bet would be to try and contact a breed rescue group. You have a much better chance that they will accept it. There are plenty of lists for rescue groups. A couple that come to mind are www.akc.org and www.acmepet.com. However, by using the search engines, you can easily track down breed rescue clubs.


You could post in on some of the newsgroups or chatrooms to see if there is someone willing to take your cats. There is a chat room at www.acmepet.com. Some of the newsgroups to post to would be:

  • rec.pets.cats.rescue

  • rec.pets.cats.misc

  • rec.pets

  • alt.animals.felines

  • alt.cats




First of all, contact all the local animal control and humane societies. They generally have names of people who do private rescue - many of them will pull animals out of the shelters if they think they can adopt them out, so they are known to the staff. We know for a fact that both Seminole County Animal Control and Casselberry Animal Control here in Central Florida work frequently with a number of rescuers.

Contact all your local vets - each vet will generally have at least one person who does rescue as a client. Check with any "PetSmart" stores that you have in your area. They hold adoption days and might have the names of local rescue groups.

Look at the classified ad section of the newspaper. You can usually identify rescue people because they will either have more than one ad or they will be asking an "adoption fee".

If you make enough phone calls, you will find someone who will be willing to take these animals - be polite but be persistent. If someone can't help, then ask them to give you the name of someone who might be able to. Don't get off the phone without getting at least one name. There's a network of rescue people in every town and they generally know each other.

If possible, you should also offer a donation as an incentive. Most rescue organizations are cash-poor and always have more animals than they can handle. A donation might make the difference between a yes and a no.

Please don't tell rescuers, "If you don't take this animal I will have to euthanize it" or "I will dump it at the pound" or "I will abandon it on the street". Nothing irritates a rescuer more than being "emotionally blackmailed" This is not their problem - it's yours. By trying to dump it in their lap, you could lose any cooperation they may have given you. Unfortunately, they hear the same story too many times in a day and your willingness to work with them might make the difference between whether they'll take this animal or not.

However, please note that not all rescuers take great care of the animals. Due to their inability to say, "No", some just take on more than they can handle either financially or physically. Before leaving an animal with them, you should check out their facilities and take a look at the animals in their care. Ask plenty of questions - which vet do they use, what type of adoption requirements do they have, do they do home checks, do they fix animals prior to adoption, do they use an adoption agreement, will they always take animals back if it doesn't work out? Also ask animal control or the humane society if they have heard anything negative about them.

Also verify their position on no-kill. Some say that they don't kill "adoptable" animals - however, that's a somewhat broad definition which could mean that if they deem the animal non-adoptable due to age, temperament or breed, they will euthanize. So that's something you need to clarify upfront.


You could also try placing the animal on your own. Since you are probably trying to place just one, it has a very good chance of being adopted because you are able to concentrate all of your time and resources on this one animal. In a shelter, it would have to compete with many other animals for that same home. We have a number of articles on our web site that should be useful to you.

How to find good homes at:

Phone-screening for dogs at:

Phone-screening for cats at:

Don't give pets for free at:

Sample adoption agreement at:

Finding homes for animals takes time and commitment. It isn't easy, but with persistence it can be done.

Good luck! We hope this information helps.

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