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Rehoming Your Pandemic Pup



Recent research suggests that 3 out of 4 pandemic puppy owners will consider rehoming their pups once the pandemic comes to an end due to factors like having to return to work and not having time for the pup, and/or the expense(s) involved in raising their furry family member. So what can be done to help these owners and pups to constructively manage the situation for the most successful outcomes for everyone involved? Depending on the reason behind the consideration to rehome the dog, a lot of choices exist out there to think about.


If it's a time factor that is getting in the way consider this. Giving your dog time does not need to be time-consuming because it shouldn't all fall on one person in the household but rather it should involve as many family members as possible in order to develop the bond between all of you and the pup while making the time together feel worthwhile. It can and should include activities like: playing, petting, grooming, training, and exercising. There's also always the option of doggy daycare and/or dog walkers and pet sitters to fill the gaps.


As for the financial factor here are some tips to ponder:

  • Research charitable funds at Animal Hospitals (namely veterinary hospitals) or nonprofit animal hospitals.

  • Locate your local veterinary teaching college for such information by checking on the American Veterinary Medical Association's website

  • Check RedRover resource lists for breed-specific dog healthcare funds and condition-specific dog healthcare funds

  • RedRover's Urgent Care Grants may be able to help if there's not fund designed for your dog's specific medical situation

  • Try paying for medical treatments using crowdfunding sites like GoFundMe

  • Check for state-specific financial assistance programs for pet healthcare


If none of the above works for you here are some more actions you can take to rehome your pup:

  • Contact your breeder to see if they would consider taking the dog back. If not contact the AKC (American Kennel Club) Rescue Network for advice

  • Think about whether you have a friend or relative who would take the dog

  • Reach out to a local shelter


{excerpted from the American Kennel Club}