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FREE Pets, Are They Safe

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All Pets Have Value, 

All Pets’ Lives Matter,

Keep Them Safe,

They are Counting On You

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Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

How can you keep your pets safe if you must find them a home?

Let’s find out.

FREE pets are advertised in the newspaper, on Craigslist, on Facebook and various places online.  People are hoping to find good safe loving homes for their pets but is a free pet really going to a loving home?

When I worked at the Humane Society, we always told people to never give a pet for FREE.  People who are willing to pay for an animal are generally willing to take good care of them.

There is always the exception to the rule, however, in most cases, placing a cost value on a pet makes it more likely that a person will think before buying/adopting that pet.  In many situations, if they must get rid of the pet,  they may think twice because of the money spent already for that pet.  Where as a free pet, already has no cost value, so if the person has no emotional attachment to the pet, they also do not have a money value on the pet.  Making it easier to get rid of.

When you advertise a Free pet, sometimes people will grab the pet before someone else does without putting much thought into their living situation, cost in medical care, cost in food, time involved in caring for the pet (scooping litter, taking for a walk in all kinds of weather, picking up dog waste, and more).  Many times people do not know what to ask when getting a pet or what to ask when re-homing a pet (click on both for lots of ideas and suggestions). Many times free pets may not be up to date on vaccines or healthy.

There are many stories of free pets who were found to be very ill after someone took them.  Those free pets cost hundreds and in a few cases thousands in just the first few months.

What other things do Free pets have to worry about?  The people who make a living or a hobby acquiring free pets.  These people are VERY good at what they do to convince you your pet is going to the best home.  They look like wonderful people.  People who could be your neighbor.  They may even let you do a home visit.  They may bring their children.  As your pet leaves, you will believe that they are going to a great home.

They are that convincing.  

So here are a few kinds of BAD people who are looking for YOUR Free pets.

They are looking in newspapers, craigslist,  facebook and online –

 

BEWARE OF THESE PEOPLE, they all exist in New Hampshire.  

REMEMBER, they are good at what they do –

  • Pet Flipper
    • They look for FREE pets and turn around and sell them to anyone who will buy them for a profit
  • Cultists – 
    • they are looking for FREE pets to use in animal sacrifices
  • Animal Abuser 
    • they take FREE pets because they like to kill them (or worse, torture) or use them as target practice
  • Puppy/Kitten Mill  
    • Take FREE pets that look purebred and breed  in high quantity for money.  They look for pets not spayed/neutered
  • Dog Bait 
    • Take FREE pets and give them to their dogs to rip up because they find it fun or use pets to train dogs for fighting
  • Experiment Labs
    • people who make money finding animals to sell to labs for experimentation.  Many years ago in New England, unclaimed animals would go to labs.  Even today, some labs pay for test animals. Many do breed their own animals for this.
    • Did you know that the animals that are used in schools for biology are obtained by looking for FREE pets?  We are talking about classes that dissect cats or other pets.  The companies that sell to the schools buy from people who are paid per pound, so they need many. When I was appalled that Nashua High was requiring students to dissect cats that looked like everyone’s pet at home, I started doing research and this is what I found.
  • Fake Rescue
  • Animal Hoarder
    • Takes on FREE pets because they feel the pets need them,  Many times they love the pets but do not have the money to care and feed the numbers.  Pets end up living in filthy conditions and are not medically cared for.  This usually gets worse over time until authorities step in.
  • Pet Food
    • These people look for FREE pets to feed to snakes, lizards and other exotics.
  • Backyard Breeder
    • Want FREE pets to use for breeding to make money.  Many times they are looking for what looks like purebreds.  They often do not do vaccines, etc.  These people are on a much smaller scale than the above Mills.
  • Bestiality/Fetishists  –
    • Unfortunately it does exist in NH and people are working on making this illegal.  FREE animals used for many sexual reasons.

All of the above troll and search for FREE pets.  They are very good at their jobs and they will convince you that your FREE pet will be going to a loving home.

You say, but we will know if someone is trolling because they will be asking for lots of animals….WRONG!  They wil continually make new profiles in different names just so you do NOT know how many pets they are getting on Facebook.  On CL, they just answer the ads from different Unsuscepting people.

It was brought to my attention that a local purebred rescue would help to re-home your pet. You would keep your pet with you, they would be happy to help refer interested people to you for your pet in their referral program but the pet would need to be FREE, here is what they required –

Referral Program

Due to our limited resources at this time most of our work is done through referrals, matching people looking for dogs with people needing to place dogs.

Those who participate in this program do so with the understanding that we are unable to investigate either party. Once we send information about dogs to potential adopters it is up to you to contact the current owners, who will then interview you.

There is no fee (FREE) for any dog in the referral program, and all arrangements for transfer of ownership are between the current and new owners.

 

This is NOT a good thing for a rescue to require a pet to be FREE.  The owner must be VERY good at interviewing, do a vet check, do a home check, make an application and make an agreement.  I would still recommend doing all of that but by putting a re-homing fee on the pet, especially a purebred, most of the bad people mentioned above will be out of the picture.  By this rescue requiring the pet to be FREE and not taking any responsibility, they are not helping keep those pets safe.

So, does this mean that ALL people who are looking for FREE pets are bad – of course NOT.  But because the above bad people are so convincing, it is very hard for anyone to figure out who is good from who is bad.

So, what are some ways to keep your pets as safe as possible.  Unfortunately, there is no 100% guarantee –

Here are FOUR things that will help –

  • First place a price for re-homing your pet. 
    • Kittens and cats – 50 – 100+
    • Puppies and dogs – 100 – 200+
    • Purebreds, dogs, cats – 100 – 400+
    • Rabbits, Guinea pigs – 25 -100+
      • Purebreds may go for more
    • Birds – 50- 800+
      • Large exotic birds may go for any price
    • The above prices are suggestions.  these are for pets that have been checked by a veterinarian and found to be healthy, up to date on all vaccinations, free of parasites, dogs are heartworm free, and all that are old enough should be spayed/neutered.
    • Remember that this is for the safety of your pet to find a loving home.  This is not for making a big profit.  Many people do a bit of research.  Maybe you have registration papers, which if the pet is spayed/neutered, it is just a nice thing for the new owners to have but proof that your pet is a purebred with lineage. Some people base price on the cost of vet check, vaccines, etc.
  • Then, ask TONS of questions, vet check, home check.
  • Have them fill out an Application
  • Have them sign an agreement with you

If you do the above things, chances are the home will be okay.  Again, it is not a 100% guarantee.  If all of this gives you anxiety, I totally empathize with you.  Having the life of your pet in your hands is a daunting task.

The above list of licensed shelters and rescues can help.  We are very fortunate to have many amazing organizations helping pets in New Hampshire.  Go visit a few.  Ask them questions.  What are there policies?  Do they keep animals until they find homes?  Go on their website, read everything there. I would avoid any person or organization that want you to give your pet away for FREE.  It just puts pets in a possibly unsafe path.

Whatever your decision, to bring to a shelter or to find a home yourself, you  need to be happy with your decision.  Your Pet’s Life depends on what you decide and you need to live with it.

All of your hard work is worth it for your pet’s safety & happiness.

Thank you for caring so much.

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on New Client to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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NH Animal Laws on Free Pets and Pets for Sale

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Do you have a free Pet?  Or a pet for Sale?

 How do the animal laws in NH affect you?

 Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

 

Every state has its own laws pertaining to animals of all shapes, sizes and breeds.  Our state of New Hampshire is no different.

When I became certified for Animal Abuse Investigation, we had to know and study all of the laws pertaining to animals in the state of New Hampshire.

In this article, we will be focusing on the two laws that pertain to any person, business or organization that has animals to give away free of charge or for an adoption fee, re-homing fee or just being sold.

The two laws here go together and I will explain what they mean.  Keep in mind that the laws were put in place to protect the public and to protect the animals that are being placed.  So, we may not like them but they do have a place.  If everyone were making sure the pets they were placing were healthy, up to date on vaccines and were giving these pets happy, healthy forever homes, then maybe these laws would not be needed.

 

Here are the NH Animals Laws (actual links to these laws are at the end)–

The actual Laws are in BLACK

Explanation is in RED

CHAPTER 437
SALE OF PETS AND DISPOSITION OF UNCLAIMED ANIMALS

Transfer of Animals and Birds

Section 437:1

 437:1 License Required. – No person, firm, corporation or other entity shall engage in the business of transferring with or without a fee or donation required, to the public, live animals or birds customarily used as household pets unless the premises on which they are housed, harbored or displayed for such purposes are duly licensed and inspected by the department of agriculture, markets, and food of the state of New Hampshire.

 

This section shall also apply to commercial kennels and to any person, firm, corporation, or other entity engaged in the business of, including activity as a broker, transferring live animals or birds customarily used as household pets for transfer to the public, with or without a fee required, and whether or not a physical facility is owned by the licensee in New Hampshire when transfer to the final owner occurs within New Hampshire. These provisions shall not effect the provisions of RSA 437:7.

What does this all mean?  It means that ANY person transferring ownership to another person must be licensed.  A license is $200 per year. This means that whether you have one pet or one litter of kittens or 100 pets, the law states that you must be licensed. 

 This pertains to ANY person giving an animal away for FREE or if there is a fee. 

So, again, this means ANY person.  You do not have to be a breeder, you do not have to have a store, you do not have to be asking a price.

Does this mean that if you are re-homing one pet or one litter that you need to have a license? Technically, yes but you probably will be fine.  However, if you are rehoming more than a pet or litter, someone may notice and fines may be involved.  If you are planning on doing it more, I would suggest applying for a license. It is easier to comply than worry. 

See the definitions BELOW  for “Broker” and “transfer” . 

If you are looking for a home for your unwanted litter of kittens you will be acting as a “Broker” negotiating finding them homes. 

When you find a home, you will be “transferring” ownership to a member of the public.

 

Section 437:2

    437:2 Definitions. – In this chapter:
I. “Animal shelter facility” means a facility, including the building and the immediate surrounding area, which is used to house or contain animals and which is owned, operated and maintained by a duly incorporated humane society, animal welfare society, society for the prevention of cruelty to animals or other nonprofit organization devoted to the welfare, protection and humane treatment of animals, and also a public pound for the housing of strays or a pound operated by any person, excluding veterinarians, who contracts with a municipality to serve that function.
I-a. “Commercial kennel” means any person, business, corporation, or other entity that transfers 10 or more litters or 50 or more puppies in any 12-month period.
II. “Department” means the state department of agriculture, markets, and food.
III. “Pet shop” means any establishment licensed to keep, maintain, and transfer certain live animals, birds, and fish at retail to the public.
IV. [Repealed.]
V. “Broker” means any individual or entity acting as agent or intermediary in negotiating or transferring dogs, cats, or ferrets when transfer to the final owner occurs in New Hampshire.
VI. “Transfer” means transfer of ownership of live animals, birds, or fish from any person, firm, corporation, or other entity to a member of the public.

 

Section 437:10

 437:10 Dogs, Cats, and Ferrets. –
I. No dog, cat, or ferret shall be offered for transfer by a licensee without first being protected against infectious diseases using a vaccine approved by the state veterinarian. No dog, cat, bird, or ferret shall be offered for transfer by a licensee unless accompanied by an official health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian. No transfer shall occur unless the transferred animal or bird is accompanied by a health certificate issued within the prior 14 days. Said certificate shall be in triplicate, one copy of which shall be sent to the state veterinarian, one copy of which shall be for the licensee’s records, and one copy of which shall be given to the transferee upon transfer as provided in paragraph II. If an official health certificate is produced, it shall be prima facie evidence of transfer.

 

So what does all of this mean??

Well, it means that ANY person giving any animal away for FREE or being sold must be licensed as stated in the first section. Now all of these people are referred to here as “Licensees”.

 

It is required that all dogs, cats and ferrets being transferred to a new owner must be vaccinated according to what is appropriate for the age of the pet AND a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian that is less than 14 days old.
II. The original of the official health certificate accompanying the dog, cat, or ferret offered for transfer by a licensee shall be kept on the premises where dogs, cats, and ferrets are displayed, and made available for inspection upon request. The public will be informed of their right to inspect the health certificate for each dog, cat, or ferret by a sign prominently displayed in the area where the dogs, cats, or ferrets are displayed. Upon transfer of the dog, cat, or ferret, this health certificate shall be updated by the licensee if any other medication or treatment has been given by a licensed veterinarian or the licensee to the dog, cat, or ferret and shall be given to the transferee in addition to any other documents which are customarily delivered to the transferee. The transferee may accept a dog, cat, or ferret that has a noncontagious illness that has caused it to fail its examination by a licensed veterinarian for an official health certificate under paragraph I; the transferee shall sign a waiver that indicates the transferee has knowledge of the dog, cat, or ferret’s noncontagious medical condition and then submit such waiver to the licensee who shall send a copy to the state veterinarian.

 

This means that if you do sell or give any pet away for free, that you are to keep a copy of the health certificate.  If there is any question by anyone as to the health of the pet, you must make it available. The health certificate shall include any and all medicines and treatments along with any other medical documentation and all copies given to the new owner.

 

If a pet fails to have a clean bill of health, making it unable to obtain a health certificate, if the animal has something that is Not contagious, then the new owner can sign a waiver acknowledging the medical condition and a copy is sent to the state.
    III. Animal shelter facilities, as defined in RSA 437:2, I, are exempt from the requirements of this section relative to transferring dogs, cats, and ferrets except that: 
       (a) All animal shelter facilities shall have on premises a microchip scanner and shall maintain a file of recognized pet retrieval agencies including but not limited to national tattoo or microchip registries. 
       (b) Where an owner is not known, all animal shelter facilities shall inspect for tattoos, ear tags, or other permanent forms of positive identification and shall scan for a microchip upon admission of an unclaimed or abandoned animal as defined in RSA 437:18, IV and prior to transferring ownership of an unclaimed or abandoned animal. 
       (c) All animal shelters shall comply with the provisions of RSA 437:10, V and RSA 437:13-a, IV. 

The above pertains to all rescues and shelters
IV. No person, firm, or corporation shall ship or bring into the state of New Hampshire, to offer for transfer in the state of New Hampshire, any cat, dog, or ferret less than 8 weeks of age. No licensee shall offer for transfer any cat, dog, or ferret less than 8 weeks of age.

The above states that NO person shall bring into the state of New Hampshire any pet under 8 weeks of age

Also, no animal in the state can be transferred to a new owner less than 8 weeks of age
V. Once a dog, cat, or ferret intended for transfer has entered the state, it shall be held at least 48 hours at a facility licensed under RSA 437:1 or at a facility operated by a licensed veterinarian separated from other animals on the premises before being offered for transfer.

 

The above states that any animal transferred into the state of NH must be held at a licensed facility for 48 hours before going to a new owner

 

FINES –

If reported that a person is transferring animals without a valid health certificate, people have reported being fined $600-1000 per animal.

REPORTING INCOME – 

If you are selling or asking for a fee for any animals and you are making over $600 in a calendar year, that income must be reported to the IRS and taxes must be paid on that income.  Failure to do so, could also result in fines.

 

LET’S RECAP –

 

ANY person, firm, corporation or entity (like a shelter, rescue, business, group, etc) who has one pet or many, whether they are for FREE or for sale

 

Must –

Obtain a license

Pets must be 8 weeks or older

Pets must be up to date on vaccines

Pets must have a health certificate dated within 14 days

 

If you are bringing pets into NH from out of state

You must have these pets held at a licensed facility for 48 hours AND do the above before they can go to a new home

 

Again, Does this mean that if you have one pet or one litter someone is going to come and arrest you for not being licensed?  Probably not.

However, if you continually, have litters for free or being sold,

or you are finding free or low cost pets and re-homing them (pet flipping),

or you find pets out of state (see section 437:10 for more laws on this) and bring them into NH to find homes,

then at some point there is the probability that someone will come to enforce this.

 

If you are getting a new pet, at the very least  know the following–

 

Does the pets and premises look and smell clean and healthy

No runny eyes, no sneezing, no coughing

Are the pets at least 8 weeks or older (kittens and puppies need that development with their mom and siblings until then, it is very important for them mentally and medically)

Do they have all the vaccines required for their age

 

Wouldn’t the worst thing be to find that your pet ended up being used to train a dog for fighting?  If you think that does not happen in NH, think again.

Or that you find the most amazing pet, bring him home, only to find two days later he is sick and the vet tells you he has a debilitating disease and that FREE pet will now cost $3000!!

 

All of this information is not meant to be annoying but to help you find great forever homes if you need to and to help you find amazing healthy pets to enjoy.

 

Here are two other articles that I have written to help find safe homes and help obtain

Healthy pets, please use them whenever you need to –

 

What to ask when you need to find a home for your pet

What to ask when you are looking for a new pet

 

Here is a link to all of the NH Animal Laws

Here is a link to NH Animal Cruelty Laws

 

Happy pet Owning !!

 

 

 

About the Owner/Author

Dorinne Whynott, is a long time animal professional.  She is a successful business owner establishing one of the largest pet sitting companies in New Hampshire since 1990. Click to Read her complete History. 

Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

Click For a Complete List of all of our educational Blogs

Go to Professional Pet Sitting Etc. Website for more information on the best pet sitting company or click on “New Client” to contact us or register for dog walking or pet care.

Contact us by phone at 603-888-8088

Email Profpetsit@aol.com

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Professional Pet Sitting Etc. is a leading business in the pet care field and continues to grow since 1990.  It boasts 30+ amazing pet sitters on staff, over 3000 clients in 38 cities from Nashua to Concord, NH.  Hundreds of satisfied client testimonials can be found on their website and more 5 star reviews on their Facebook pageGoogle+ page and more.  They have sustained an A+ rating with the BBB and are unmatched in the Pet Sitting Industry in New Hampshire.

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What to ask when you need to find a home for your pet

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When you need to

Find a home for your pet

you want a responsible,

loving home.

Unfortunately,

for your pet’s sake,

You can NOT

trust every one

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Author, Dorinne Whynott, Owner of Professional Pet Sitting Etc.

Hopefully, you will never have to be in the position of finding a home for you pet. It is a hard decision for many people every year. When you absolutely need to find a home your pet, here are some things to think about.

You have been going back and forth on re-homing your pet. Maybe your child has severe allergies, you must move and the apartment does not allow pets, money is tight and you just can’t take proper care of your pet, you have disability and its getting worse, you have an illness or you have surgery coming up and no one can help take your pet in. It could be a million reasons. Before you make your decision, please talk to a few animal professionals, such as myself. Many of us may have ideas that may help solve your problem. For example, if you feel that you aren’t exercising your pet enough and he would be better in on a farm, have you thought of hiring a dog walker while you are at work, or if your child has allergies, have you researched the things you can do to help ease those allergies so your pet can stay. Maybe you are right and the best hing is to re-home your pet but maybe there is an alternative.

If you absolutely must find your beloved pet a new home for whatever reason, here are some tips to help keep your pet safe.

What to ask when you need to find a home for your pet –

  • Consider a shelter or rescue league – This is my first choice for you, if you absolutely must give your pet up. Give your pet to the professionals. If you have a purebred, chances are there is a purebred rescue league that may be able to help you. Look online or ask local animal companies. If you don’t want to do that, most animal rescue leagues and shelters are a great place to help find your pet a new home. Many people try to shy away from these because they believe that their pets will be euthanized. Not any more. Many shelters have adopted a No Kill policy. Meaning they will keep an animal until it finds a home. Many shelters may ask for a “surrender donation”. If you can afford to do this, please do. It helps defray the cost of your pets care until they find a home. The HUGE benefit of a shelter is that they will do a complete medical on your pet before they go up for adoption – physical, vaccines, parasite check, heartworm check, leukemia, etc. Once your pet goes up for adoption, these organizations have a protocol for interviewing potential homes to ensure as best as they can that the home YOUR pet goes into will be safe, loving and for the rest of your pet’s life.
  • Make sure your pet is healthy and up to date on all vaccines and medical
  • DO NOT falsify or withhold any information
    • For example, if your dog destroys furniture and you do not tell the new owners: At his new home your dog destroys their new thousand-dollar couch, your dog may end up homeless somewhere. Your pet will find a better home if the new owners know all the bad stuff and still want him. It may take longer to find the right home, but it will be worth it.
  • Put a price on your pet. NEVER give any animal away for free.
    • There are many horrible people out there who make their living selling animals for experimentation, or using pets (small and large) to train dogs for fighting and guard duty. They want free pets and will say whatever is necessary to get them. * Also, pet ownership can be costly. Most people who are willing to pay for a pet will think about pet responsibility before buying and care for them better in the long run. Of course, if you know the owners well, use your best judgment. Putting a price on your pet may also make it take longer to place it, but your pet’s welfare is worth it. If you follow the NH State law and get your pet up to date on vaccines, use that as your price or if you get your pet spayed.neutered, use that for your price.
    • Click Here to know why you do not want to offer your pet free – Free Pets, Are They Safe?

 

Things to ask and do when you need to find a home for

your pet (cat/dog, etc) a new home

  • Ask the new owners if you can visit in the future.
    • If they say yes, chances are the home will be okay. You can then decide whether to visit or not. After the pet leaves for his new home, it may be hard on both your family and your pet to see each other again, especially within the six months breaking-in period. NEVER find your pet a new home with the intention of asking for him back in the future. Your pet needs stability and a permanent loving home. Bouncing from home to home is just as bad for a pet as it is for a child. Make sure you get their information, Full name, address and phone number. You should get this BEFORE they visit. You can even check the home out prior. Don’t feel funny about this, many rescues and shelters do a home visit to make sure people are telling the truth.
  • Ask the potential owners about pets they own now or have had in the past.
    • You can learn a lot about how they will care for your pet by how they have cared for their pet(s) in the past. What kinds of pets have they owned? If the pets have died, how and what happened? Old age? Hit by a car? (Are they going to be more careful so this doesn’t happen again?) Have their pets been neutered (both males and females), up to date on vaccines, heartworm check (dogs), leukemia tested (cats)?
    • Are their cats inside or out? All cats should be INSIDE cats for safety or have safe enclosures. If your inside cat is declawed, for its safety it must never be allowed out. If not declawed, are the new owners planning on de-clawing? (de-clawing is not recommended by animal welfare — if you are having problems, BEFORE de-clawing, call our office for suggestions. There are special cat fencing, that allows your cats to be outside safely during the day). Here’s more information – 2 Ways to keep your cats safe outside
    • Do they have a fenced-in yard? If no, are they going to walk this dog daily?
    • Ask to speak with their veterinarian – call their veterinarian and state that you are considering them for adoption, ask them how many pets they have.  Are they up to date on vaccines? Are they spayed/Neutered?  Do they think they would make good owners? This is a good way to verify some of the information.
  • Ask to do a home check.  Many may consider this an invasion but this is a good way to see where your pet will be living.  Is it a hoarding situation?  Is it a place you would like your pet to live?  It will also be a way to see how their current pets look – clean, well fed, etc.  You can do a drive by and check it out first and if you like what you see then schedule a home visit.
  • Ask to do a vet check obtain the name and phone number of the prospective owners.  Call the animal hospital and let them know that you have someone interested in adopting your pet and want to know if they have kept their past and current pets up to date on vaccines and cared for them medically when needed.  I can not tell you how many people were rejected for adopting because pets were just not cared for basic health checks and vaccines.  Many people get rid of their pets when they become ill. 
  • NEVER RUSH your decision. If your gut is not happy, do NOT let this pet go. State that your pet wasn’t feeling well and you just want to watch them overnight. Do not let anyone RUSH you. These are people who are looking for lots of free pets for whatever reason. yes, it could be an excited person, but its always better to be safe. This is your pets’ life at stake.
  • Ask and retain the new owners’ name, address and phone number
    • Check in a few weeks to see if the new owners are having problems. Sometimes pets run away and come back to the old home; it is good to be able to call the new owners so that they are not worried.
  • Always offer if they ever have to get rid of this pet, that you will take it back
    • Also, if possible, tell the new owners if they ever do not want your pet anymore that you would like for them to call you and you will take your pet back.
  • But remember: NEVER place your pet with the intention of taking it back. This placement should be for life!

 

NH Law for selling pets or giving them away free to another home

Here is what NH law requires for all dogs and cats, mixed or purebred, gift or sale, planned or accidental litters:

 

 

 

 

 

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