To find potential adopters, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recommends advertising and sharing your pet’s story and photos on social media, as well as posting flyers in veterinary offices, schools and other high-traffic public places. Reaching out to block associations and local community organizations may also help you connect with local animal lovers looking to add to their family.
Doherty recommends meeting all potential adopters in person, to find out if they would be a good match for your pet. Ask questions about the adopter’s personality and lifestyle, where they live and what their household is like (if your dog is very active, for example, someone with a yard might suit them best). Why do they want to adopt a pet? Are any other animals in their home? Share details about your pet’s personality, their favorite things to do and any medical or behavioral issues — you want to make sure this is a lasting solution, so transparency is key.
When someone passes inspection, organize a meeting between your pet and the potential adopter, where they can spend a little one-on-one time together in a relaxed setting. To start your pet on the right foot with his new owner, make sure he is up-to-date on his vaccinations and is spayed or neutered before going to his new home.