Rehoming A Dog

If you have exhausted all your options to keep your dog, here are some suggestions to ensure your pet is rehomed.

Contact your breeder
Call the breeder or person you originally got your pet from. They will often assist to find a new home or take the pet back to re-home themselves.

Contact breed rescue groups
There are a number of rescue groups that concentrate on specific breeds and often have waiting lists of people wanting that type of dog.

Re-home the dog yourself
Speak with friends and family members first to see if they are interested in adopting a pet. Advertise your dog in the paper, on noticeboards and social media etc. Speak with your local vets, groomers, and pet stores to see if there is any interest from the public for a new pet, or ask for permission to advertise in store. The best protection for your animal is not to advertise them as a give-away and to screen people looking to take your pet. Don't be rushed and don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for references. Anyone hoping to find a new, happy home for a pet needs to be sure they know the home their pet is going to.

Desex you pet
Ensure your pet is spayed or neutered to minimise costs for the new owners and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Take photos and create an account which highlights your dog’s best features and behaviour qualities. There are many websites offer free services for you to post info about your pet. Try

You can surrender your pet to your local pound, shelter or vet. Purina Australia proudly supports the work of  AWLA AWLA have over 300 years of combined experience in rehoming and caring for companion animals across Australia. If surrendering your dog, it is important to disclose all relevant information about their behaviour. For example, if your dog has an aggression problem it could potentially  endanger new owners who are trying to do the right thing by adopting a dog.

Take your dog to a foreign neighbourhood, wooded area or park and leave him or her behind. Domestic dogs are very different from wild dogs and can’t fend for themselves. If left alone, they may starve to death, encounter dangerous predators or get hit by a motor vehicle.


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