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Pet relinquishment and surrender prevention

Many animals surrendered to shelters are given up due to solvable behavior issues or lack of housing. These tools can help you keep more pets in homes and make pet care, behavior and wellness resources and other information more accessible to pet owners and potential adopters.

  • Rethinking returns

    It’s a scenario longtime rescuers have nightmares about, and yet we rarely see it coming: One day, seemingly out of the blue, you get the email message: “URGENT! I need to return Fido to you this weekend!”

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Pet relinquishment and surrender prevention

  • Magazine Article

    No place like rehome

    Marin Humane’s No Place Like Home program helps pets move directly from one home to another.

    With web-based private rehoming programs, pets can skip the shelter

    We’re not auditioning to play Captain Obvious, but one way to reduce your intake is to help pets skip the shelter altogether. Two California shelters are finding success by promoting web-based, owner-to-owner rehoming.

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  • Blog Post

    No place like home

    Should your animal shelter offer a private rehoming service?

    For as long as there have been newspaper classifieds and online forums, pets have found themselves listed for rehoming—often with very little oversight or support. Why is that?

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  • Magazine Article

    This 'little' piggy

    Many pig owners buy minipigs and are less-than-enthused when they suddenly have to carry a pig the size of an adult human up and down the stairs.

    They don’t actually exist, but that doesn’t stop “mini” pigs from showing up at shelters

    Deceptive breeders, naive buyers and the pet pig fad among celebrities—pop princesses and famous athletes, we’re looking at you—are causing shelters’ and sanctuaries’ porcine populations to skyrocket. Here’s how to care for smart, strong-willed pigs in a shelter environment and help wannabe pig parents make smart decisions.

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