Frequently Asked Questions
What is Post-A-Pooch-Plus?
The Post-A-Pooch-Plus website is an on line posting service specifically designed to help personal pet owners safely re-home pets they can no longer keep. Think of it as an on line version of the classifieds, but strictly for pets. Post-A-Pooch-Plus promotes all of the safeguards and procedures used by animal rescue groups when re-homing pets.
How will Post-A-Pooch-Plus promote safe re-homing VS a typical ad in a local publication?
Rescue group volunteers have had input in Post-A-Pooch-Plus, how its website was designed and in how it operates. Post-A-Pooch-Plus offers complete, one-on-one pre-placement counseling to clients. Post-A-Pooch-Plus will teach clients how to screen potential adopters, what to look for during home visits, how to go about checking references, what type of new home environment to consider appropriate depending upon the particular pet, etc. Unlike an ad placed in a local publication which runs for a limited time, a description of the pet with its photo will remain on the Post-A-Pooch-Plus website until the pet is safely re-homed regardless of the time frame. Clients notify Post-A-Pooch-Plus to remove the pet's listing when and only when the pet is no longer in need of re-homing.
How do Animal Rescue groups benefit from referring personal pet owners to Post-A-Pooch-Plus?
Rescue volunteers are routinely flooded with calls for help in re-homing personal pets. Many pet owners don't feel qualified to safely re-home a beloved pet on their own. Rescues focus is usually on strays and abandoned companion animals, not personal pets. By offering pet owners a direct re-homing option, Post-A-Pooch-Plus fills an important need. Post-A-Pooch-Plus is an alternative to surrendering the pet to an already overcrowded shelter system.Post-A-Pooch-Plus will also prevent re-homing disasters due to the inexperience of loving, but overwhelmed, pet owners. Rescue groups who refer pet owners to Post-A-Pooch-Plus for re-homing assistance can feel confident that Post-A-Pooch-Plus will encourage rescue-approved safeguards and procedures including the importance of spaying and neutering.
How can we be sure clients won't use Post-A-Pooch-Plus to sell animals?
Clients of PAPP, a not-for-profit, may wish to contribute an optional posting donation of $25 or less if they so choose. By asking the potential adopter to reimburse the original pet owner no more than $25.00, it assures that an animal will not change homes for profit, nor will an animal go to a new home for free. Rescue volunteers constantly warn that "free to a good home" is an inappropriate re-homing policy. The only exception to the $25 rule is if the adopter contributes additionally to the recent spay or neuter done to qualify the pet for posting.
Will pets benefit?
Pets will find new and loving homes! Many companion animals are victims of their original owners problems.These pets deserve a chance to live out their natural lives loved by someone who is able to care for them. Post-A-Pooch-Plus offers a much-needed service to pet owners who want to re-home their pets responsibly. Pet owners who become clients of Post-A-Pooch-Plus won't feel that they have deserted a member of the family in its time of need!
Why should you consider adopting a pet through the Post-A-Pooch-Plus website?
You, as potential adopters, will be able to chat with owners and ask questions about the pet's history and background.You should be able to view the pet's medical records as well.You will have time to think it over before making a decision. Adopting a new family member should never be an impulse decision. Remember, adopting a deserving pet and giving it a second chance at happiness will make pet parenting even more special than it already is!
What should owners take into consideration before re-homing a pet?
If you purchased your pet or acquired your pet without signing an adoption agreement you are free to re-home that pet without obligation. Post-A-Pooch-Plus will carefully guide you through our safe re-homing process as soon as you become a client.
Please remember that if you adopted your pet from a rescue group or shelter with a return policy and signed a contract upon adoption, you have an obligation to notify the group or shelter for permission to re-home.You may even be obligated by contract to return the pet to that group or shelter. If the group or shelter you notify cannot or will not take the pet back to facilitate its re-homing, they should give you permission to responsibly re-home. Post-A-Pooch-Plus can help you do just that.