Rehome your dog through three distinct stages of our Fido Love guided process. With care and consideration along the way in rehoming your dog, you have the power to ensure that your Fido friend is adopted into a great new home. Here’s a summary of how things usually go. (We invite you to register with Fido Love for more comprehensive information.)
1. Advertise and Promote my Dog to Adopters
Create a Fido Profile. Get started by creating a Fido Profile that captures approximately 25 different points of information designed to help convey an accurate portrait of your adoptable dog. We also provide room to upload photos and videos of your dog that will help to increase interest and visibility by Fido Love visitors.
Promote Your Dog to Adopters. Once your Fido Profile is created on the website, it’s ready to be viewed by thousands of website visitors each month. Fido Love rehoming experts immediately start working on your dog’s behalf to attract adopters actively looking online to adopt through Google, Facebook, Twitter and more.
2. Evaluate and Select the Right Home
Consider Incoming Messages from Adopters. When a Fido Love family is interested in your dog, they will send you message through the website. You will receive email and text notifications from Fido Love of each incoming message (your contact information is hidden). For each Adopter you will see an Adopter Home Profile with information about what kind of home they can provide.
Evaluate Adopters. Review incoming messages along with the adopter’s Home Profile. Respond to messages through the Fido Love website – where your contact information remains private. If you think there might be a good fit, continue the conversation with a series of questions to learn more about their interest in your Fido friend.
Arrange a Meet & Greet. Meet the adoptive family in a neutral, public place to explore whether there seems to be a good fit.
Check References (Important!). For every family looking to rehome a dog into a new home we encourage you to spend 20-30 minutes by phone checking references to better understand the new adopter’s ability to provide long term care. Please, do this – no matter how nice the Adopter seems in person or on the phone.
Arrange for 2 Nights Trial Stay. Some families elect to do a trial stay before making an adoption official.
3. Adopt my Dog and Support the Adoptive Family
Formalize the Adoption. Once both families decide to proceed with the adoption, formalize the arrangement by creating a rehoming agreement.
Transfer Microchip Registration (if applicable). For a dog who’s microchipped you will also want to transfer his registration over to the new family – this usually takes a week or two and is usually straightforward to effect. Learn more on transferring your pet’s registration.
Rehoming Fee. Collect a rehoming fee from the adopter, either cash, check, paypal or other – or, if collecting an adoption fee for your pet somehow doesn’t feel right, consider donating the fee to an animal charity that could use the support. “Free to good home” is just risky and not wise – don’t do it.
Transfer your Pet to His New Family. How and where to transfer your Fido friend on adoption day? We like meeting again in a neutral place, perhaps a favorite park, where both families meet and go for a short walk together. At the walk’s end encourage your transitioning Fido friend into his new family’s vehicle, accompanied by current food, toys, bedding or any other accessories that you wish to include.
We suggest you plan for two to five weeks for this process to unfold. For more detailed guidance on the steps above, we invite you to please register with Fido Love.