Pet Parents Basics, Pet Care Tips and how to be a Responsible Pet Parents, The pet owner you are responsible for proper pet care, good nutrition, grooming, cleaning, pet health checkups. Having a pet is a privilege and should result in a mutually beneficial relationship, and committing to the relationship for the life of the pet is very important. Recognize that ownership of a pet or pets requires an investment of time and money and ongoing pet parental care.
Guidelines for Responsible Pet Purchase or Re-homing
While pet sellers can be reputable individuals or breeders who treat their animals well, the ease of selling pets over the Internet also makes it attractive to careless breeders and scammers. To protect yourself you must be careful and believe only what you see, not what you’re told. When looking for a pet online or posting an advertisement for your animal, it is important to meet the breeder or seller before agreeing to anything. Since eBay Classifieds is local to your community, this should be easy to arrange. Never buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living! If you are searching for a pet on eBay Classifieds, here are some tips and guidelines:
- Visit the pet seller’s home or business and see how they raise and care for their animals. If the seller is a breeder and will not make the parents of a puppy or kitten animal available for inspection, there may be a problem. For instance, many unethical sellers buy animals from puppy mills and similar sources but pass them off as home-raised. If you’re buying, or responding to a “free to good home” offer from an individual who is not a breeder, ask for as much information as possible about the animal’s history in terms of source, health records, and behavior information.
- Get references, including other customers and the seller’s veterinarian. Check them out.
- Get all health guarantees and other promises in writing.
- Buy from sellers who live in your area. Long distances between buyers and sellers make it less likely that your complaints will be addressed. And transporting animals by air may put the animal’s health at risk.
- Avoid sellers located outside the U.S. Never send money outside the U.S. no matter where the seller says the animal is located.
- If you are using eBay Classifieds to find a new home for an animal, here are some tips and guidelines:
- For a checklist of what to look for in a responsible breeder, visit www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills/tips/buying_puppy.html. If you suspect someone of operating a puppy mill, please take responsibility. Visit www.humanesociety.org/issues/puppy_mills. This site is owned and operated by The Humane Society of the United States .
- Advertise through friends, neighbors, and local veterinarians first; then try classifieds, if all else fails. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.
- Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be cared for. Screen potential homes carefully.
- Don’t be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as “bunchers” routinely answer “free-to-good-home” ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actuality, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through “free-to-good-home” ads. These people are “professionals” who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.
- Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters or if you allow a prospective adopter to enter your home.
- Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will your pet get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch dog? Will the cat be kept only as a mouser? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet’s life and happiness may depend on it.
- Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver’s license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
- Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
- If your pet is chronically ill or has behavior problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviorist, and the family, based on how well they believe their companion would adapt to a new home For more information about re-homing a pet, Click Here.
- Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has a qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.
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