Weighing the Pros and Cons of Re-homing a Dog

Dogs / Wednesday, April 18th, 2018


There are times when you are faced with the dilemma of deciding whether or not to re-home your dog. This often happens when a family or pet owner is moving to another home and it is not possible to take their dogs along with them. There are also times when pet owners just do not feel like they are capable of taking care of their dogs. Before you decide on putting up your dog for adoption by another family, there are a number of things that you need to think about first. If your dog has been with you for a long time, you might actually want to wait until you have considered all other possible options before you decide to take the re-homing option. In any case, take a look at the following pros and cons of re-homing your dog:


1. You do not abandon your dog without care. While others might think that giving away your pet dog indicates a lack of responsibility, it is actually the most responsible thing to do. Many dogs end up as strays and in shelters and rehabilitation centers because their previous owner just packed and left without any care. By taking the time to find a new home for your dog, you are making sure that your dog does not end up like these strays.

2. You get to have a say in who your dog’s new family will be. Through re-homing, you get to know the people you are entrusting your dog to. You are, in fact, turning over your dog into caring hands that can give him the love and attention he needs. It would be a great bonus if your chosen family could send you pictures of your dog as he grows old.


1. You will lose a loyal friend and companion. It’s always heart breaking to have to leave a loved one behind. For many pet owners, their dogs have become part of their family and the object of their affection. You’ll shed your tears but if there’s really no other way, then you can at least be sure that you are leaving your beloved pet with another family who love him just as you do.

2. You have to deal with a lot of work to find the right home for your pet. Re-homing your dog is not as easy as posting a dog for sale or adopt-a-pet sign. Just like putting up a child for adoption, there are paperwork as well as background checks and matching procedures to be followed. You want to make sure that the re-homing is properly documented and all the necessary ownership papers are passed on to the new owner. Before that, however, you want to screen people who want to buy or adopt your dog and find out if their personality matches your dogs. Of course, you also want to make sure that they have enough time and resources to give your dog the kind of care he needs.

9 Replies to “Weighing the Pros and Cons of Re-homing a Dog”

  1. It breaks my heart to be away from our pets but if I would have to choose between the two, I would rather give my pet to a friend who I know is good with animals. I’d rather have my pet to have a home than be abandoned in the shelter, or worse the streets.

  2. Arrggghhhhh! Having a pet is not my own thing. However, we do have a neighbor who I think will find this info very valuable so I will be sharing this post to them! 🙂

  3. I know its hard to be away with your pet. We usually bring our cats every time we visits my parents-in-law. If ever we move our cats would stayed in my parents-in-law so we know its on good hand and we have peace of mind.

  4. A very hard to consider, if i have a pet i’m not sure if i’ll consider re-homing my pet, i’ll prolly find a way that i’m the one to take care of the pet until it dies..then decides not to get any more pet at all…but the pros and cons you have here is very detailed. thanks for sharing.

  5. We’ve given away two dogs already. After having them for quite some time, we realized that they are not the ones suitable for us especially with the kids. Now, we got two that we plan to keep for a long long time.

  6. A few months from now we will be facing this problem. Sa place kasi where we ‘re planning to transfer eh bawal ang dogs. Perhaps, it is best that we give na lang our dogs to the care of my sister.

  7. We used to have a Beagle too but we gave it up for adoption when we found out that the little K has severe dog allergy 🙁 My husband grew up having a dog since he was little and we all know that there is no other choice but to keep our little girl’s health the top of our list 🙂

  8. We have lots of dogs here in our home and they’re currently located in our backyard. It’s not hard for me to give them to the new owner especially if they are a dog lover as they can give special needs to my dog.

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