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From 12 November 2007 Issue

What Jill Knows:
Proper Way To Find a Loving, Safe Home for a Pet

Dear Jill,

I have a lovely black male Chihuahua. He's a nice, young (just 1 year old) dog I purchased from a breeder. He may be a mix, I just didn't care about that kind of thing-- he's a wonderful dog. I have since suddenly lost my job and am forced to downsize my life and move in with a friend, to drastically cut my bills. My friend has seven large, rescued dogs and it would be cruel and wrong to subject this Chihuahua boy to such stress, especially after being an "only dog".  Plus, I fear her dogs may harm him!  What should I do? If I bring him to the local rural pound in N. C., will they kill him? I would rather he have a good home. What should I do to get him a new, loving home, where they will take excellent care of him?


Dear Suzy,

Personally, I WOULD NOT bring your Chihuahua to a pound!!  I would try to find a home for him yourself, or with the help of others.  If you opt to find him a home on your own, please only adopt-out to people you actually KNOW, or can check multiple references on (A veterinarian,  and 3 people NOT related to the potential adopter who can vouch for his/her treatment of previous companion animals, and even the potential adopter's landlord). Then do a pre-adoption home-check, make them sign an adoption agreement (I can e-mail you one if you need one, just ask me), be sure to charge a significant Adoption Fee, and check up on him afterwards, every few months.

Be very, very careful in finding him a new home, as there are a lot of weird and devious people out there to weed through. Remember, his life is in your hands.

Love and paw pats,
Jillouise Breslauer
Companion Animal Behavior Consultant
What Jill Knows, Copyright 2002
e-mail: [email protected]  

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