No animal lover ever imagines having to give up their beloved pet. But sometimes unexpected circumstances arise, whether it be financial difficulties or declining health (yours or your pet’s), that can leave pet parents facing an incredibly difficult decision when it comes to the dog or cat they love.

To find potential adopters, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), recommends advertising and sharing your pet’s story and photos on social media, as well as posting flyers in veterinary offices, schools and other high-traffic public places. Reaching out to community associations and organizations may also help you connect with local animal lovers looking to add to their family. When someone passes inspection, organize a meeting between your pet and the potential adopter, where they can spend a little one-on-one time together in a relaxed setting.

To start your pet on the right paw with their new owner, make sure they are up-to-date on his vaccinations and spayed or neutered before going to their new home. Finding a new home for a pet never is easy, but if done with care, your pet can bring joy to a new family, and get all the love and care they deserve. Below you will find several resources to help you on this difficult endeavor. Keep your head up, we know you can do it!