Pets

Finding a new home for your pet in a responsible way

It is extremely sad when a pet owner’s situation changes and he or she can no longer take care of their loyal companion. However, it’s critically important to find a home for your pet in a responsible way. Classifieds24-7 does not allow pet owners to post “Free to Good Home” ads any longer because these pets often end up in the wrong hands. Backyard breeders and animal fighting rings often try to obtain free pets for profit, and it is important to avoid that scenario at every cost. If you or a relative are no longer able to care for your pet, go to your local animal welfare center and explain the situation. They will be able to provide advice and guide you through the process. (Do not assume that the shelter will automatically put the animal down – many shelters have a no-kill policy). Your pet will be fostered or kept in the kennel until a suitable home can be found and strict home checks will be done before the animal is handed over to a new owner. This ensures that your pet finds a suitable, safe home. If you own a specific breed, it may be easier to rehome your pet through a specialized shelter – some shelters only deal in specific breeds (such as Huskies, Labradors, Pugs, etc) and have a large network of interested potential pet owners who want to adopt a specific breed (even if not 100% purebred). Any animal can be rehomed – this includes birds, reptiles, primates, hamsters and rats etc. Bear in mind that rehoming a pet is extremely traumatic for them – try to provide as many details about the pet as possible. Supplying preferred food, vet information, toys and blankets they are used too and etc, will ease the transition. Never simply hand over your pet to an interested party found online – you have no idea what their intentions are. By going through official channels, you will ensure that your pet goes to a good home where he or she will receive proper care.

Classifieds24-7 Guide to Responsible Animal Ownership

While animal sellers can be reputable individuals or breeders who treat their animals well, the ease of selling pets over the Internet also makes it attractive to careless breeders and scammers. To protect yourself you must be careful and believe only what you see, not what you are told.

When looking for an animal online or posting an advertisement for your animal, it is important to meet the breeder or seller before agreeing to anything. Since Classifieds24-7 is local to your community, this should be easy to arrange. Never adopt/buy a pet from someone who is unwilling to let you see how and where the animal is living!

If you are searching for an animal on Classifieds24-7, here are some tips and guidelines: 

Visit the animal seller's home or business and see how they raise and care for their animals. If the seller is a breeder and will not make the parents of a puppy or kitten animal available for inspection, there may be a problem. For instance, many unethical sellers buy animals from puppy mills and similar sources but pass them off as home-raised. If you're buying, or responding to a "free to good home" offer from an individual who is not a breeder, ask for as much information as possible about the animal's history in terms of source, health records, and behaviour information.

  1. Get references, including other customers and the seller's veterinarian. Check them out.
  2. Get all health guarantees and other promises in writing.
  3. Pay with a credit card so you can reverse the payment if something goes wrong.
  4. Adopt/Buy from sellers who live in your area. Long distances between buyers and sellers make it less likely that your complaints will be addressed. And transporting animals by air may put the animal's health at risk.
  5. Avoid sellers located outside your local Classifieds24-7 city or country. Never send money outside New Zealand no matter where the seller says the animal is located.

If you are searching for an animal on Classifieds24-7, here are some tips and guidelines:

Advertise through friends, neighbours, and local veterinarians first; then try Classifieds24-7. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.

Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which, your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be cared for. Screen potential homes carefully.

Don't be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals known as "bunchers" routinely answer "free-to-good-home" ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actuality, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through "free-to-good-home" ads. These people are "professionals" who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.

Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters or if you allow a prospective adopter to enter your home.

Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will your pet get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch dog? Will the cat be kept only as a mouser? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet's life and happiness may depend on it.

Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver's license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.

Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.

If your pet is chronically ill or has behavioural problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviourist, and the family, based on how well they believe their companion would adapt to a new home.

Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has a qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.

Preparing your home for a new arrival...

Moving to a new home may be stressful to your pet. So be patient and understanding and provide lots of affection. Here are some pointers to help you settle in safely and sanely:

Cats - For the first few days in your new home, it's smart to confine your cat to one room, while you work on putting the rest of the place in order. Prepare the room with your cat's bed, litter box, food and water bowls, and toys.

Now is the perfect time to make your cat an indoor-only pet. Indoor-only cats live longer and healthier lives. Resist attempts by your cat to go outdoors. If your cat hasn't established an outdoor territory, he or she is less likely to be interested in going outside. Accessories such as window perches can ease the transition. If you play with your cat and supply lots of attention, your cat should have all he or she needs indoors.

Dogs - Ideally, your dog's introduction to his new home will be with familiar furniture already in place, including his bed and crate, toys, and food and water bowls. If you must be away from home for many hours each day, look into a pet-sitter or consider dog day care.

Safety - Make your new home safe for all pets by being mindful of, or providing a secure place for, hazards that can... 

  1. poison - such as cleansers, insect sprays and pesticides, medications, chocolate, certain plants, and antifreeze (ethylene glycol)
  2. burn - such as plugged-in appliances, boiling liquids, open flames
  3. electrocute - such as worn lamp cords
  4. strangle, choke, or obstruct breathing - such as choke collars, small balls, sewing thread and needles, pantyhose, and bones
  5. topple or crush - such as precariously placed appliances, top-heavy filing cabinets, and lamps
  6. allow escape or theft - such as loose screens and inadequate fences. Never leave your pet unattended on a balcony or chained in a yard.

Veterinary Care

As soon as possible, choose a veterinarian and take a practice drive to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic. Trying to find it when you really need it can waste precious time. Also, learn basic pet first aid.  

Dog Care Essentials

Your dog gives you a lifetime of unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship. In return, she counts on you to provide her with food, water, safe shelter, regular veterinary care, exercise, companionship, and more. Take care of these ten essentials, and you'll be guaranteed to develop a rewarding relationship with your canine companion.

  1. Outfit your dog with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address, and telephone number. No matter how careful you are there's a chance your companion may become lost - an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your pet will be returned home safely.
  2. Follow local laws for licensing your dog and vaccinating him for rabies. Check with your local animal shelter or humane society for information regarding legal requirements, where to obtain tags, and where to have your pet vaccinated.
  3. Follow this simple rule - off property, on leash. Even a dog with a valid license, rabies tag, and ID tag should not be allowed to roam outside of your home or fenced yard. It is best for you, your community, and your dog to keep your pet under control at all times.
  4. Give your dog proper shelter. A fenced yard with a doghouse is a bonus, especially for large and active dogs; however, dogs should never be left outside alone or for extended periods of time. Dogs need and crave companionship and should spend most of their time inside with their family.
  5. Take your dog to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning friend for a referral.
  6. Spay or neuter your dog. Dogs that have this routine surgery tend to live longer, be healthier, and have fewer behaviour problems (e.g., biting, running away). By spaying or neutering your dog, you are also doing your part to reduce the problem of pet overpopulation.
  7. Give your dog a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant access to fresh water. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your pet.
  8. Enroll your dog in a training class. Positive training will allow you to control your companion's behaviour safely and humanely, and the experience offers a terrific opportunity to enhance the bond you share with your dog.
  9. Give your dog enough exercise to keep him physically fit (but not exhausted). Most dog owners find that playing with their canine companion, along with walking him twice a day, provides sufficient exercise. If you have questions about the level of exercise appropriate for your dog, consult your veterinarian.
  10. Be loyal to and patient with your faithful companion. Make sure the expectations you have of your dog are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavioural problems can be solved. If you are struggling with your pet's behaviour, contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for advice.

Cat Care Essentials

Although your cat may act independent and be litter-trained, he still counts on you to provide him with food, water, safe shelter, regular veterinary care, companionship, and more. Take care of these ten essentials, and you'll be guaranteed to develop a rewarding relationship with your feline companion.

  1. Outfit your cat with a collar and ID tag that includes your name, address, and telephone number. No matter how careful you are there's a chance your companion may become lost - an ID tag greatly increases the chance that your cat will be returned home safely.
  2. Follow local cat registration laws. Licensing, a registration and identification system administered by some local governments protects both cats and people in the community.
  3. Keep your cat indoors. Keeping your cat safely confined at all times is best for you, your pet, and your community.
  4. Take your cat to the veterinarian for regular check-ups. If you do not have a veterinarian, ask your local animal shelter or a pet-owning friend for a referral.
  5. Spay or neuter your pet. This will keep her healthier and will reduce the problem of cat overpopulation.
  6. Give your cat a nutritionally balanced diet, including constant access to fresh water. Ask your veterinarian for advice on what and how often to feed your pet.
  7. Train your cat to refrain from undesirable behaviours such as scratching furniture and jumping on countertops. Contrary to popular belief, cats can be trained with a bit of patience, effort, and understanding on your part.
  8. Groom your cat often to keep her coat healthy, soft, and shiny. Although it is especially important to brush long-haired cats to prevent their hair from matting, even short-haired felines need to be groomed to remove as much loose hair as possible. When cats groom themselves, they ingest a great deal of hair, which often leads to hairballs.
  9. Set aside time to play with your cat. While cats do not need the same level of exercise that dogs do, enjoying regular play sessions with your pet will provide him with the physical exercise and mental stimulation he needs, as well as strengthen the bond you share.
  10. Be loyal to and patient with your cat. Make sure the expectations you have of your companion are reasonable and remember that the vast majority of behavioural problems can be solved. If you are struggling with your pet's behaviour, contact your veterinarian or local animal shelter for advice.

What are the Pets policies?

The Classifieds24-7 Pets section is to help the community find good, safe, caring homes for animals. All ads placed in the Classifieds24-7 Pets section must comply with the Classifieds24-7 Pets Code of Practice We've recently made some changes to our Pets Code of Practice so please be sure to check it out. You can find our code of practice here: Classifieds24-7 Pets Code of Practice Failure to comply with the Code of Practice will result in the removal of the infringing ad and could result in user restrictions. The pets section is NOT intended to facilitate uncontrolled breeding, irresponsible commercial pet trading, trade of dogs or any other animal for the purpose of fighting or stud services. Any ads suspected of this kind of activity will be removed. Users are responsible for adhering to the applicable conditions in relation to buying, selling or listing of an ad on Classifieds24-7. Dog and cats put up for adoption /sale on Classifieds24-7 must be vaccinated and vet checked and this must be stated in the ad. Classifieds24-7 encourages, where possible, the adoption of pets and would encourage all pet owners to have their animals desexed and micro-chipped. For further tips and advice on responsible pet ownership, please have a look at our Classifieds24-7 Guide to Responsible Animal Ownership.   We do not allow holding deposits of any kind for animals that are advertised on the Classifieds24-7 site.

If you are advertising your pet on Classifieds24-7, here are some tips and guidelines:

  • Advertise through friends, neighbours, and local veterinarians first; then try Classifieds24-7. Your chances of finding a good home are increased when you check references with someone you know.
  • Visit the prospective new home in order to get a feel for the environment in which, your pet will be living. Explain that the pet is part of your family and that you want to make sure he or she will be cared for. Screen potential homes carefully.
  • Don't be fooled. If anyone refuses to allow you to visit their home, do not place your pet with them. Individuals have been known to answer "free-to-good-home" ads, posing as people who want family pets when, in actual fact, they sell pets to animal dealers. Dogfighters have also been known to obtain domestic animals for baiting through "free-to-good-home" ads. These people are "professionals" who may even bring children or their mothers with them when picking up pets.
  • Always be mindful of your own safety when you go to interview potential adopters or if you allow a prospective adopter to enter your home.
  • Carefully consider all the elements of the new home: Will your pet get along with small children? Is the family planning to keep the dog chained outside as a watch dog? Will the cat be kept only as a mouse catcher? Does the family have a veterinary reference? Do not be shy about asking questions. Your pet's life and happiness may depend on it.
  • Ask for a valid form of identification (preferably a driver's license). Record the number for your records and require the new owner to sign a contract stating the requirements of adoption upon which both parties agree. As part of the contract, require the new owner to contact you if he or she decides at some point that they must give up the pet.
  • Have your pet neutered or spayed before he or she goes to the new home. This will make the animal more adoptable and help stop irresponsible breeding.
  • If your pet is chronically ill or has behavioural problems, it may be difficult to find him a suitable home. A new owner may not be willing or able to deal with these issues, and it may also be difficult for the pet to adjust to a new home. The decision to humanely euthanize such a pet should not be made without thoughtful input from a veterinarian, a behaviourist, and the family, based on how well they believe their companion would adapt to a new home. Finding a quality home for your pet can be a difficult and time-consuming process. Remember: Your local animal shelter has a qualified staff trained to screen and counsel adopters. Relinquishing your pet to your local shelter may be the best option for you and your pet.

Ensure your advertisement isn't breaching any applicable laws. It is the responsibility of the advertiser before posting an ad on Classifieds24-7 that content advertised adheres to Classifieds24-7 Posting Policies as well as applicable laws. As a condition of your use of Classifieds24-7 specified under our Classifieds24-7 Terms of Use, you agree that you will not violate any laws.