When your pup has to leave
You can’t cope with your new baby and your dog, and want to find another loving home for the latter. Letting your pet go can be distressing and difficult. Mary Soo, co-founder of Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter, a not-for-profit dog shelter that rescues mongrels from the streets and from being culled, shares this advice.
PUT OUT THE WORD Start the search for a new home as early as possible, she says. The best solution is to find a family member or a friend who is an animal lover to take in your dog. At least you’ll know that your pet is going to an assuredly friendly home where it has a chance of being accepted as a member of the family. You will also be able to follow up on your dog’s well-being after the adoption is finalised.
HERE TO HELP If you’re unable to find your pet a new home, Mary recommends approaching a shelter for assistance. Shelters are most qualified to rehome pets but, unfortunately, most of them are already running at full capacity.
Nevertheless, they can provide invaluable advice on finding a suitable new home for your furkid, and can also help by posting a notice for adoption on their Facebook pages. Check out these shelters in Singapore:
• Oasis Second Chance Animal Shelter (www.oscas.sg)
• Causes for Animals (www. causesforanimals.com)
• Action for Singapore Dogs (www. asdsingapore.com)
• Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (www.spca.org.sg)
• Animal Lovers League (www. animalloversleague.com)
TELL IT LIKE IT IS Dr Loon adds that you should be honest about any quirks or special needs that your dog may have. Interview the potential new owners and discuss your pet’s usual routine and daily care needs.
Be honest about the expected monthly expenses and unexpected veterinary bills that might crop up. It’s important to make sure that the new owners are ready for the time and financial commitments that go handin-hand with owning a pet.