Information about Free Pets

Are you looking for free pets because you can't afford to buy one?

If the answer is yes, ask yourself this:... If I can't afford to buy one, how am I going to be able to afford to feed it, pay for visits to the vet, buy toys for it to play with and a bed to sleep on, plus all the other expenses?

Of course there will always be exceptions, but generally speaking, the initial expense of buying a pet will be much less than the cost of its upkeep which in many cases can be a very long time.

You should never accept a pet just because it's free. Pets should be considered part of your family and only obtained if you really want it and are prepared to take care of it for the rest of its life.

We aren't suggesting that you don't accept a free pet, just reminding you that there are many other expenses associated with owning a pet.

If you really want it and are prepared to accept the responsibility and expense of looking after it; great! If it's free, that's a bonus!

I have a pet to give away.....

As much as we love our pets, sometimes there are situations where we must find a new home for our best friend/s. We might be too sick or too old to look after them properly or we may have to move into accommodation where pets aren't allowed or one of many other reasons.

Most animal lovers would never consider selling a family member, preferring instead to give it away to another loving home. It's hard enough being separated from it, without the thought of knowing that you've sold your best friend!

Being able to find a nice home for your pet will be comforting and will hopefully make the process a little easier for both you and the animal.

If “we†had to give a pet away there would be a few things we would consider. These are only what we would do and aren't necessarily correct or complete. We would:-

*preferably give it to someone we knew and trusted
*give it to someone who loves animals and would accept it as part of the family
*ensure that our pet gets on with any pets the new carer already has
*introduce it to their new carer over a period of time to allow them to get to know each other
*check out the premises and where the pet would live
*find out as much as we could about the new carer if it was someone we didn't know
*get references where possible
*enter into an arrangement where we can check (or have someone else check) on our pet to ensure it is being well looked after. In many cases such as with dogs, it is probably preferable for a friend to check on the animal as it will most likely recognise you and think you have come to take it home. This wouldn't be fair on the animal or you.

There are many places where you can advertise free pets if this is considered necessary.You could try:-

*local animal/pet clubs
*local notice boards
*at work
*on the internet
*local animal shelter

Some animal welfare organisations provide a service to help people re-home pets.

There are also some that will find a home for pets whose carers have passed away. In some cases they will do this free of charge; some may require you to make them a beneficiary in your will.

Click here to search our Directory for Free Pets

Note: We have read stories on various websites about how pets that were given away ended up being used in research and testing, eaten in restaurants, and other horrific things. We do not know if any of these stories are true and/or where/when they supposedly happened. This could just as easily be the case for pets that are sold rather than given away.

All we are saying is don't just give away or sell a pet without first doing a few checks.

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