Twyla's Friends is a non-profit animal rescue/adoption organization. We have limited resources and therefore focus our efforts on our community's stray, abandoned, and lost animals.
Your pet's chances of getting a suitable new home are much greater if YOU take on this responsibility, as you know the pet best and know what type of home he or she needs.
Whatever your reasons for finding a new home for your pet please consider carefully if this is really the best decision for your pet - have you exhausted training/exercise/medical modifications and have asked friends and family for assistance?
We can offer some guidelines:
Your animal should be healthy-current vaccinations, spayed or neutered, heartworm free and on a heartworm preventative.
PLEASE DO NOT RE-HOME UNALTERED ANIMALS TO PREVENT UNWANTED LITTERS OR LITTERS BRED FOR PROFIT!
All Vetting information should be in writing and be able to be passed along to new owners. You should be able to tell prospective adopters about all good and bad points (good with kids/other dogs/cats, housetrained, leash-trained, crate trained, issues you are having with the pet) etc. You must advertise your pet's availability and be prepared to screen people carefully. Demand satisfactory answers to the following questions:
- Have you ever had a dog before? What happened to it? (If a previous pet ran away, got run over, shot, stolen, or died of heartworm, this is not the home for your precious pet.)
- Still have a pet? (If they still have a pet, ask if it is spayed or neutered, current on vaccinations, and on heartworm preventative. They should be able to tell you what brand of heartworm preventative.) Ask for a contact a vet reference.
- What is the sex and age of their current pet? (The best match will be opposite age and opposite sex.)
- Where does the animal sleep? Stay when you're not at home? Outside dogs are exposed to extreme weather and at increased risk for getting stolen/running away/becoming nuisance barkers
- Do you have a fenced yard?
- Are there toddlers at home?
- House or apartment? (If apartment, ask what the size limits are and what the pet deposit is. Do not send a puppy to an apartment.)
- No students in dorms or shared apartments. (where does the dog go once roommates split up?)
- No animals as gifts or surprises for others. (unwanted animals do not get the care they deserve and need)
- Anyone in the family allergic.
- Do not advertise "Free to good home." (puts your dog at risk of being used for fighting/medical testing)
- Do not allow people to come to your home. Go to their home to see where and how the pet will life, and take a spouse or friend with you. Unwillingness to allow for a home visit should be a red flag.
- Make flyers with pictures and place at local vets and bulletin boards.
- Harness the power of Social media - and screen prospective adopters carefully
Don't wait until the last minute; your pet deserves a chance.