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How to Find a Responsible Home for a Pet
This booklet prepared by Best Friends Animal Sancturay gives you tips on how to prepare good flyers, spread the word, advertise, prepare your pet, and guide you through the screening process of potential adopters. READ MORE

When You Decide to Give Up Your Pet
There are a few things you need to do to be responsible and caring until you give away your pet. READ MORE

You Have Found a Lost or Abandoned Pet and You Would Like to Find Him/Her a New Home
If you have found a lost or abandoned pet, contact your local animal control to list the pet as found, place a found ad in the newspaper (usually run at no charge to you), take the pet by the shelter or local vet to be scanned for a microchip identification, and put up flyers in the area where the animal was found. READ MORE

The Tragedy of "Free To Good Home"
Do not advertise your pet as "Free To Good Home". Paying a fee for a pet shows good faith on the part of the new owner and demonstrates their willingness to properly care for the animal. READ MORE

How to Find a New Home for Your Pet
If you absolutely must part with your pet, it is your responsibility to find him/her a suitable situation. The best thing to do is find your pet an ideal and loving home through your own contacts (friends, family, coworkers). Don't overlook word-of-mouth-quite often "friends of friends" know someone looking for a pet. Do not give up if you don't find a home right away for you animal. If you just can't find a good home through your contacts, try classified advertising or placing flyers (with a photo of your pet and a description: spayed/neutered, vaccinations up to date, good with kids, good with cats/dogs) in pet stores, veterinary offices, places of worships, markets, health clubs and other strategic places. You can ask animal rescue groups to post a photo of your pet on their web site, or maybe attend their adoption events. For a list of rescue groups in the Triangle, click here. To find a animal rescue group in your city, visit Petfinder.com and click on "Shelter & rescue groups."

Finding a New Home for Your Cat
You might also want to contact the local cat hospitals. Some of them keeps cats roaming free in their clinics and people can adopt them. If you cat is already spayed/neutered and up to date on its shots, make sure you tell them that.

Cat Hospital of Durham
(919) 489-5142

Cozy Cat Veterinary Hospital
(919) 571-9007

Cat Clinic Of Cary
(919) 469-9000

Screening Potential Adopters
Be sure to screen potential adopters VERY carefully, and ask them for references. Visit candidate's homes prior to giving your animal away to make sure the home is suitable, and follow up with calls and/or visits to see how your pet is doing. See questions to ask potential adopters.

Creating a Flyer
Create a PDF flyer including a photo and description of an animal that is up for adoption, has been lost or found. Visit PetBond.com

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