Re-Homing Your Pet
**CASTAWAY CRITTERS DOES NOT ACCEPT OWNER SURRENDERED PETS**
Only those pets that were adopted through Castaway Critters may be returned.
We realize that extreme situations may arise that force you to make a decision to re-home your pet. All animal welfare and animal rescue organizations depend on pet owners to be responsible for their pet in the event they can no longer care for them. Castaway Critters' mission is to help those animals who have no where else to turn. Those that are struggling to survive on their own, those that are abused, hurt, abandoned, living in horrible conditions - sometimes left to die or who are in imminent danger of being killed in a conventional kill shelter. Our foster homes are full of these homeless souls.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
There are different avenues you can use to try to find your beloved pet a new loving home. With a little effort and patience, you will be able to find the right place for your pet to go for the rest of his/her life.
PLEASE CHECK THESE WEBSITES FOR A SAFE WAY TO FIND A HOME FOR YOUR PET:
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1. Place an ad in the local newspaper: Patriot News, PennLive, and any other newspaper or publication you can. Spring for a color photo. Be sure to charge a fee for the adoption and always ask for personal references, and a Vet reference - and be sure to contact all of them. The fee will help offset your expense of the ad, will ensure only serious people come forward, and above all, "Free to a good home" is very dangerous and should be avoided at all costs. The internet is invaluable to verify information given from the potential adopter and the references.
2. Craigslist has been successful for certain things - BUT BE CAREFUL. It is VERY important that you charge an appropriate adoption fee (more than $50) and as always, ask for references including a vet reference and check them out thoroughly. Good pictures and bio will help tremendously. All the same guidelines apply for Craigslist as they do for newspapers/publications.
3. Facebook and other social networks are invaluable for trying to find a good home for your pet. Post good quality pictures and a cute, heart-warming bio (even a video) - it may get someone's attention... Plus it is usually friends and friends-of-friends who are there - and that is a safer bet for your pet. Although, please still charge a fee. If you don't have a computer or a Facebook account, ask a friend or family member to post.
4. Ask your Vet if you can put your pet's photo and a little write-up on a bulletin board in their office. Also, most grocery stores and other public places allow you to do this as well. Make color photos and again, the write-up should be something that people remember.
5. Word of mouth - tell anyone and everyone that you are looking for a home for your pet. Everyone at work, in your neighborhood, all your family and friends. Word gets around.
We hope that the above suggestions help you in your search for a new home for your pet.