Depending on the circumstances, sometimes people decide to give their pets away, hoping to find them a better home. There are some important things to keep in mind when doing that.
Giving up a pet can be heartbreaking and difficult, but if you have to, one of the best ways of ensuring you find them a great new home is to give as much information about the pet as possible.
Gabby is an 11-year-old dog that needs a new home. Her owner inherited Gabby from her grandmother and is unable to care for the pet that has been in the family since she was 6 weeks old. Gabby's owner filled out in great detail the dog’s history and her likes and dislikes. So we know Gabby has been around other pets and that she is good with little dogs, but is scared of and consequently a bit snappy with bigger dogs. She's good with cats, but like most rat terriers wants to hunt kittens.
Gabby lived with an older woman most of her life and her profile says she'll likely bond with a woman better than bonding with a man. Another good fact is Gabby doesn't like being picked up by the stomach. It's either uncomfortable or she might even have pain when that happens. She also loves to cuddle under blankets, likes to graze, not eat big meals and doesn't like being wet.
With this information, the Nebraska Humane Society has given Gabby her own profile that says she needs to go to a home with older kids who don't want to pick her up by the stomach, that she would do best in a family without kittens or big dogs and that she would do best with a woman around. Because she's older, a quieter home with someone who dotes on her would likely be her dream.
You hope to keep a pet your entire life, but if you do find yourself in a position where you need to relinquish a pet, the more information you can give the Humane Society the better chance your pet has of finding a perfect new home.
The Nebraska Humane Society, at 8929 Fort Street in Omaha, is open weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can always look up animals and find information at nehumanesociety.org.