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post #1 of 14
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We are seriously thinking about giving away our puppies. They are great dogs, but so expensive and we are not giving them the attention they deserve.

Have you done this? How did you go about finding the right family? I'm worried about splitting them up too.
post #2 of 14
Screen potential adoptive "parents" carefully.
Insist on a face-to-face interview. Ask them questions about what kind of facilities they have for the dog - fenced yard? enclosed kennel? If you could interview them at their home, even better.
Watch how they interact with the dog. Are they loud? play rough? tentative?
How does the dog react to them? Do they make him/her nervous? excited? scared? defensive? playful?
Charge an adoption fee. Charging an adoption fee makes people think twice about whether they really want the dog. It gets them immediately past the stage of being gaga over the cute little free puppy. It reminds them that pet ownership comes with costs. When I worked for vets, the people who were most reluctant to spend money on their animals were the ones who had gotten them free.
post #3 of 14
How many puppies do you have? If you feel you cannot take care of them like they deserve then maybe you need to give them up - to a family or person who can love them and give them attention.
Dont worry about splitting them up, my dachshund came from a big litter of puppies and I picked him out of the bunch. He is so happy and I give him nothing but love.
Be sure not just to give them away for free and make sure they have gotten their first set of shots and that each one has a file (I had a paper file named 'Pet Papers' that came from the vet) so when the person who adopts them will know that they got shots and give them those papers when they adopt the puppy. I still have that file now and add to it each time my dog goes to the vet.
I know its hard to give away a pet, but keep in mind that they dont stay little for long. They will get big and will cost a lot of money to care for them. Just be happy that they will be going to a loving home.
post #4 of 14
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We have a Rottweiler who is about 7 (trust me I know how big he is) and a Chihuahua is almost 5. They both have been such a huge part of family for so long, this is so hard. It would be easier not to have them, but much sadder.

We used to walk both dogs at least twice a day, now We're lucky if we get them out for a walk three or four times a week. Poor things.

They have always been there for us. My husband and I are still talking about it. Our son has even attached to the dogs. The Rotty is hanging out at my feet as I type. He is such a cuddler.
post #5 of 14
Oh I was thinking that you dog had puppies & that you wanted to give them up. Now from reading your post, are you talking about your 2 adult dogs? Well then, that made things harder. Not many people want to adopt adult dogs. I have 2 dogs too. A chihuahua & dachshund. There are ways to still care for your dog at a cheaper price. Like taking them to clinics instead of expensive vets, buying cheaper food. But like you said about splitting them up, I know our dogs get upset when the other isn't around.
I've never thought of giving them up. So I'm sorry I cannot give you any advice on really what to do than to really think about what you want to do.
post #6 of 14
i never done it before!
post #7 of 14
So are thinking about giving away your puppies or your adult dogs? Giving puppies away shouldn't be an issue w/ Christmas coming up.

However, someone on this site made a good point one time to NEVER give animals away. I know you don't want to make money off of them, but there are horrible people out there that abuse animals for fun. They may bring their child with them to see the puppy, but their intentions may not be good.

I would charge a small "fee" of say, $50, maybe even $100. Those that abuse animals for sport of less likely to pay money for one. You can even include a dog bed, a couple toys, a collar, a leash, food, treats, etc. That way you know the person at least has a good start in caring for the puppy and you don't have to feel guilty about making money off them (not that you should, but some people do).

Hope that helps!
post #8 of 14
I would ask you to NOT go to 'cheaper' food in order to save money, unless you can find QUALITY food cheaper. If you have a COSTCO, the kirkland lamb and rice is very good quality, no corn, and VERY affordable. I definitely believe in saving money but not at the expense of the animals' health and corn is NOT an appropriate feed for dogs, and most cheap food is mostly corn products

As far as advice on re-homing them, yes I agree to charge a rehoming fee,, unless of course you can give your rottie to ME!

Seriously though, going to the intended home, asking questions and charging some sort of fee are the best safeguards you can take... and I'm guessing they are neutered? If not, that'd be high on my to-do list before rehoming
post #9 of 14
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Both of our dogs are spayed/neutered. No puppies for us! LOL!

We can't do it. They are too much like children to us. I talked to my parents and my Daddy actually said he would pay us to keep them because he feels safer knowing they are there to watch over DS and I when DH is gone.

I am just going to suck up and pay the $500 to board them and get their shots. (Yes, for four shots each it is going to cost us $256 and that is the CHEAPEST I can find.)

And I talked to my hubby about being better to get them out for a walk every day until the first snow.

Right now the baby is down for his nap, the Chihuahua, Nola is cuddled up in my lap and the Rotty, SoBe (that is what I drinking when I found him on the side of the road, so that became his name) is at my feet. We just got done playing fetch, so they are pooped for the rest of the day. Lazy dogs.
post #10 of 14
I would say a re-homing fee sounds like a good idea, but it may be hard to find a home for them, so if you find a good family you should go for it. The average life expectancy of a big dog like a Rottie is only 9-12yrs, so finding a new home for a "middle age" dog (or cat) can be very difficult. There are plenty of shelters and rescue agencies that can't get any interest in them.
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