For About and By Caregivers

Subscribe to our bi-monthly publication Today's Caregiver magazine

  + Larger Font | - Smaller Font

ARTICLES / General / Can Rover Come Over?

Share This Article

Can Rover Come Over?

By Cheryl  Ellis, Staff Writer 

(Page 3 of 3)

Creativity in entertaining options should be at the top of the list.  Again, long-term consequences of keeping or giving up a pet should be evaluated regularly.  Any success is cause for celebration, and makes challenges that much easier to handle.

When all is said and done, your loved one’s creature will be a reminder of a shared joy.  Animals are often underrated in terms of memory and intellect.  Pets do remember.  A pet that is not only “allowed” to stay with its owner, but also welcomed into the new environment bears a special feeling toward those who have included it.  Caregivers, too, have long memories, and must strive to make those memories happy ones.

If you must surrender a pet to a shelter, you will often be asked if you have tried every option.  Consider interviewing the individuals administering the shelter (versus simply talking to volunteers who do intake processing).  There may be options you have not considered, and it is important that you have all information available.  Surrendering a pet is a final decision, and you release any hold you have on the animal permanently.  You will not be told if the animal was adopted out, and checking online status is no guarantee of adoption.

NEVER give the pet to anyone outside of any shelter, even if they promise they will take care of it.  This is generally posted outside of any animal shelter, but if it isn’t, you must remember that not everyone has the animal’s best interest at heart.

Investigate more than one service before you surrender any pet.  Specialty breed rescues should be able to tell you enough information to help you decide how reputable they are. 

Remember that not all shelters are “no kill.”  Even shelters that advertise that they are may have to euthanize animals that have health conditions, are severely depressed by being surrendered, or who are returned for behavioral reasons.  While not all shelters will sell animals for medical testing, some can and do.  Don’t give yourself something to second guess.


  1 2 3

Printable Version Printable Version



Related Articles

An Interview with Linda Dano - Canine Companions

With Dottie, I have My Life Back

Helping Hands: Monkeys as Caregivers


Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Youtube Follow us on Pinterest Google Plus