Home to Home Gives Pets a Smoother Transition into New Homes
PAS has added a new interactive website that gives pet owners who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to surrender them to the shelter. Pets can go from one home right into another, which means less stress for animals and humans alike. In addition, potential new owners have the opportunity to communicate directly with the current owners. This provides firsthand information about the animals. Our new website is called Home to Home.
With an increase in owner surrenders in the past few years, Home to Home was developed to assist in rehoming pets in a manner that causes less stress. As much as we like to think our shelter is a happy place, it isn’t a home and can be stressful for the animals.
The number one reason for surrendering pets is an unavoidable change in living situations. A perfect opportunity to use the Home to Home website would be within the time frame of finding out that relocation is necessary and the actual moving date. Of course, if a suitable new home is not found in time, bringing the animal to the shelter is always an option.
Home to Home is easy to use. Those needing to rehome pets, which can include dogs, cats and other animals, fill out a brief form, upload a picture, and hit enter. For those seeking a pet, there is a search feature. Home to Home is a free to use; however, there are some rules to the site, such as no money is allowed to exchange hands. Quality communications will lead to better outcomes for pets, not rehoming fees. Also, the shelter doesn’t want the site to be used by puppy mills or breeders.
To generate interest, Home to Home pet postings will be promoted on Panhandle Animal Shelter’s Facebook page. The website will be monitored by shelter personnel to ensure that the rules are followed. Also, staff will intervene as necessary to help or to offer advice. Not only will this tool make transitions into new homes easier for pets, but also, it will leave more shelter resources available to animals with no other options, such as strays and those suffering from neglect or abuse. While finding new homes for pets through Home to Home will alleviate the need for some pets to be surrendered to the shelter, it won’t be suitable for all rehoming needs. As always, animals can be surrendered directly to the shelter.
Special thanks to Columbia Trust Company for funding Home to Home and to Keokee for creating the website.
Click the link to visit our Home to Home website: home-home.org.