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How to Find a No Kill Pet Shelter

Friday, February 28, 2014
posted by Jim Murphy

DOG SHELTERIf you have no other choice and are forced to give up your pet, find a no kill shelter and give the shelter a good reason to take your pet. The problem is that most no kill shelters are always full so your reasons are critical. The shelter has to choose between your pet and many others that need help so it’s not an easy decision for them either.

  1. Make sure that your pet is up to date on his medical care. This includes spaying/neutering and vaccinations.
  2. Make sure that you have a solid reason to put your pet up for adoption. Things like “Moving”, “Pregnant”, or “Allergies ” or “my building no longer accepts pets” are not by themselves convincing reasons for a shelter to take your pet because there are plenty of examples of people who manage to keep their pets in spite of those circumstances. In the case of a building not accepting pets, don’t take that apartment or move if the rules change.  Explain why your situation goes above and beyond the ordinary and what you’ve already done to try and work around the problem.
  3. Consider making a donation. This is not bribing them but these  people are volunteers who work hard. A donation would be  greatly appreciated.

Finally before you decide find a no kill shelter, list your pet on this site:      Sometimes shelters tell you that they are “no kill,” but who can trust them?

If at all possible, don’t give up your pet. See if you can find someone who will give him a good home. After all, he has given you lots of love and dedication. This is the least you could do.

Remember, your pets count!


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