When your pup has to leave

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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.

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