Open Letter to the Rehoming Pet Owner

Published May 21, 2015 by lynn k scott

Dear pet owner,

Having worked in rescue, been a foster mom to pit bull puppies, and rescued the two dogs I currently have, I have little sympathy for you and your “need” to rehome.

There is rarely an instance someone truly needs to get rid of a pet.  I get families split up and sometimes it’s hard to relocate to places that accept animals, esp. if you have a “vicious” dog. Which is a complete cop-out by the way…but that’s another blog post.

Facebook sale board admins should have some morals and ban all pet sales.  When you are charging a “rehoming fee” that is $50, or less, it does not ensure the animal is going to a good home.  That fee goes toward clearing your guilty conscience.

If you are charging $100, or more, that is selling the animal.  I’m not a huge fan of breeders.  However, if you are not licensed, keeping having litters of puppies or kittens and constantly posting you pet sales, NEWSFLASH:, you are a backyard breeder. With the shelters overflowing with animals, you have become part of the problem.

Common list of reasons why pets need to be rehomed:

  • Have to move
  • Baby on the way
  • Significant other doesn’t like pet
  • Too busy to give proper attention
  • Insurance doesn’t accept certain breed

I’m sorry.  The majority of those reasons are poor excuses.

Be honest; you don’t want the responsibility of a pet.  You are looking for a way out.

The posts that say, “Need to go to good home.  Must go today”, then have the nerve to say there’s a rehoming fee, resonates that money is more important than the life of the pet you promised to care for.  Oh you paid $250.00 for that puppy?  Bought a crate, toys and food?  Welcome to pet ownership.  Your first mistake was buying the pet.  The others are necessary supplies to properly care for your pet.  Do you really think I am going to pay a small fortune because you’re no longer willing to live up to your commitment to that animal?

Do not give animals as gifts.  They are not cute, temporary, play things.  They are living, breathing, faithful companions that cost money, require training (in many cases) and are not a disposable item when life gets too hectic and you are unable to properly manage your time.

Whether you agree or not, is irrelevant.  I believe pets are not commodities.  I believe in adopt; don’t shop.  I know there are some instances, caring pet-parents have to rehome.  This is addressed to the irresponsible pet owners who should be ashamed of their actions.  If people who lose everything in a house fire can find a way to keep their pets, surely you can do the same.

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4 comments on “Open Letter to the Rehoming Pet Owner

  • We had three cats, got two together from the same shelter. According to that shelter he was good with other cats…but he wasn’t. He was vicious to them, would eat all the food and puke it up because he ate too fast to prevent the other cats from getting any, and was just scary around them. When in a room by himself, he was a sweet cat. Not fair to keep him in one room though. So we went and found another, smaller, better, no-kill shelter and asked their advice. They said they would be happy to find him a home and it was the best thing. They would specify he would have to be the only animal. It was STILL one of the toughest things I’ve had to do. We gave them $50 as a donation (they didn’t ask us or anything) and continued to donate to them every year. We went by and found out that one of the employees took him home the same day we brought him in!
    I don’t think I could ever just get rid of an animal like people do. That was hard enough.

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