How to rehome a dog if unforeseen circumstances arise


Do you have to give up your dog for adoption? Are there unforeseen circumstances that are forcing you to give up your dog? If so, this blog post is for you.


There are many reasons why people have to rehome their dogs, and it can be a tough decision. You might feel like it's the most challenging decision that you have to make in your life. This article will go over ways to rehome your dog in the event of circumstances beyond your control.


Dog running with its toy
Rehoming is a stressful experience for dogs and owners alike

Since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020, households in the UK have brought 3.2 million pets into their life. Although many people will be able to work from home indefinitely or at least more flexibly, not everybody will be able to do it permanently. RCSPA is already flagging that some pets might have difficulty adjusting to being alone after being used to having a human in the home all the time.


There are many reasons people feel that they need to say goodbye to their pets. No one will judge you if your reasons are sincere. Animal welfare should always be put first. However, in some cases, you may be able to reach out further for help and might be able to avoid rehoming your dog.


Behavioural Problems

Is your dog aggressive for no apparent reason towards other dogs or visitors, or children? Surprise. There will always be a reason. With the help of your vet or a behavioural trainer, you can try to find the trigger and underlying cause of your dog's aggression.


Short-term, try to find the trigger yourself. For example, is your dog only aggressive if someone walks past during feeding time? Then, implement a safety plan like feeding them separately in another room. This will not fix the underlying issue; however, it will allow you to implement a long-term project with a professional.


Unforeseen Vet bills

Do some research before giving up your furry friend because of expensive vet bills. Some branches may be able to help if you're receiving low-income benefits and could qualify for financial assistance from charities like animal shelters or local organisations that assist pets in need!


You should also consider pet insurance as an essential part of responsible ownership which covers future unexpected expenses such as emergency medical care when visiting veterinarians.


It's understandable if you have personal reasons for giving up your dog. However, if all of the above options are unsuitable, here are some ways to rehome your dog in unforeseen circumstances.


Ask The Original Seller

Ask the original seller if they're able to take back the dog. For example, if you adopted your dog from a breeder or pet store, you might be able to contact them and ask if they're able to take the dog back. This can be a difficult option, but it's worth asking.


Charity or rescue centre

Contact a charity or rescue centre to give up your dog. They will listen to your reasons without judgment but would like to understand why you need to rehome your dog, so be prepared for questions. Afterwards, there will be an assessment call and an assessment meeting with your dog.


Remember to bring the veterinary history, vaccination certificates, microchip details, and your dog's favourite toys or blankets. They will assess how they behave with other dogs in the kennel or on a walk.


A decision will likely take some time, and be prepared that you might have to wait for a few weeks. Also, be aware that once your dog has found a new home, its location will not be disclosed to you.


Changing your mind after giving them to the charity or rescue centre can also be problematic. First, a legal document is signed, making the charity or rescue centre the official owner of your dog. From then on, they will act in the pet's best interest.


Family or friends

If you don't want to rehome your dog through a charity or rescue centre, ask friends and family if they can help with rehoming the pet. They might be willing to look after them until things get back on track for you or even take them on indefinitely.

I have seen someone on Facebook who rehomed their pet to their daughter. This way, the previous owner could still keep in touch with their dog.


Dog cuddle
Rehoming to a family member could be a great solution

Private Facebook groups

Join a breed-specific Facebook group. Maybe some people would adopt your dog. Make sure this person is trustworthy. Follow your gut feeling. Arrange a get-together and see how they behave.

If rehoming your dog privately, always screen potential adopters carefully. Do a home check and meet with their current pets if they have any. If you're rehoming them long-term, make sure that the person is willing to take on all financial responsibilities for your pet, including vet bills and pet insurance. If your dog needs ongoing veterinary care or a behavioural expert, a rescue centre might be better.


There is no one answer to rehoming a pet. Do what feels best for you and your furry friend. Take time to decide, as it will be life-changing for both of you. Remember that there are people who care out there and want to help rehome your dog. Reach out if you feel like you can't do it by yourself.


By following the above steps, you'll be able to rehome your dog safely and responsibly. It's important to remember that this is not your fault and that rehoming your dog should not reflect poorly on you as an owner. Circumstances can happen beyond our control, and it's essential to do what's best for the animal.


Please see below charities that might be able to rehome your dog: