Problems & Solutions

Many studies offer summaries of the reasons for why owners release pets to shelters. No matter the reason, we know that each circumstance is unique, just like each pet is unique.

At PawsLikeMe we believe that a pet is a member of the family, and we know that giving up your pet is one of the most difficult decisions that you’ll ever make. Our goal is to help you through this difficult time.

Below are some of the top reasons that people give when they need to rehome their pet. It is our hope to help you find solutions to keep your pet, however if that is not possible, were are here to help. Our rehoming service will give your pet the chance at a long, healthy life!

Pet behavior is one of the leading reasons that lead to pet owners deciding that they can no longer care for their pets. Many behavior issues are easily remedied with minor changes, while others may require more focus and attention.

There are several online resources to help you solve for common behavior challenges. The Association of Professional Dog Trainers has a page of "Common Training and Behavior Problems." Another resource is the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)'s Virtual Behaviorist for Dogs. We encourage you to visit these pages and see if you can find information about the specific issue you’re experiencing with your pet. Some common challenges include:

Sometimes enlisting the help of a professional trainer or behaviorist will help bring confidence and an expert solution for some of the more challenging behaviors. Below are two organizations that can help you locate a trainer or behaviorist in your area:

If all else fails and you need to find a home for your pet, we’re here to help. You can post your pet for adoption and we’ll help you find the right home. As you complete your posting it’s important that you’re 100% honest about any behavioral problems you may experience with your dog so that the best home can be found for your pet.

Sometimes you are forced to move because your landlord won’t let you keep your pet. And sometimes you need to move and aren’t sure how to move with your pet. Fortunately, there are many resources that can help you!

Below are some resources to help you identify the right options to successfully move with your pet.

If you need to find a home that allows pets, these sites can help:

Once you know where you’re headed, the ASPCA offers this overview of moving with your pet.

Moving on the road? The ASPCA offers this advice on travelling on the road with your dog. And if you’re trip is going to be more than a day, check out these dog-friendly hotels!

Headed to your new home in the air? The ASPCA has this advice for air travel with your pet.

Finally, if you’re looking for someone to help you move your pet, there are several businesses that can help you. Pets On The Go offers a listing of pet moving specialists.

If the above resources don’t help to solve your problem, and you need to find a home for your pet, we’re here to help. You can post your pet for adoption and we’ll help you find the right home without subjecting your pet to life in a shelter.

Did you find a dog, or did a dog find, and you’re not sure what to do next?

PetFBI, an all volunteer community of people dedicated to helping pets find their homes, outlines the steps for what to do when you find a lost dog that includes:

  1. Check the dog for tags.
  2. Check the PetFBI website for lost reports.
  3. Contact your local animal control or shelter to see if the dog was reported missing.
  4. Bring the dog to a veterinary clinic and check for a microchip or tattoo.
  5. Use social media and other online resources to notify people that you’ve found a dog.

More details are available on the PetFBI website

Did you find a dog, couldn’t find the owner, and now you’re looking for a permanent home? You’ve come to the right place!

PawsLikeMe gives you everything you need to successfully find a home for your dog. You can start by creating a profile and posting the dog.

Did someone close to you pass away or become unable to care for their pet? We know how hard it is to suddenly have to care for an animal, especially under trying times, and we’re here to help.

If you want to work toward integrating a pet into your life, there are many resources that can help. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has a Virtual Pet Behaviorist for almost any condition.

Some common challenges when introducing a new dog include:

Sometimes enlisting the help of a professional trainer or behaviorist will help bring confidence and an expert solution for some of the more challenging behaviors. Below are two organizations that can help you locate a trainer or behaviorist in your area:

If you can’t care for this pet long-term, but you don’t want to expose her to a shelter and risk her death or sale to a research facility, we’ll help you find a home for her. You can start the process by creating a profile and posting the dog.

Sometimes life happens and our health doesn’t allow us to do the things that we used to do, or want to do. Allergies, decreased mobility, and other health challenges can make it difficult to care for a pet.

If you or someone living with you develop a pet allergy, there are several online resources that can help, including:

It is important to note that many pet allergies diminish over time and exposure to the pet. In some cases, not all, allergies dissipate to the extent where it they become unnoticeable.

If your personal health issues have impacted your income, there are organizations that can help with food and medical care. These organizations and listings may be able to help:

If money isn’t a concern, there are several organizations and pet sitters that will help take care of your pet. Check out Rover for a listing of people that can help care for your pets. Here is an instructional video on how to choose the right pet sitter.

Finally, if your circumstances are such that you need to find a home for your pet, we’re here to help. You can start the process by creating a profile and posting the dog.

We know that many pets can develop significant health issues, especially as they get older, and it can become difficult to provide for your pet. The additional time it takes to care for a pet, along with the financial and emotional strain can be taxing.

If you haven’t visited your vet in a while, we first recommend that you do so! With today's medical advances there are so many things that can be done for your pet! If you’re still looking for a vet, here are some links to help:

If you already have a vet and you’re looking for a second opinion, the ASPCA has an extensive library about dog care that will cover most of the conditions a pet owner will experience. The AVMA also has articles about pet care from vaccinations to end of life care.

If you need financial assistance to properly treat your pet, the AVMA has Money tips for caring pet owners. You can also visit IMOM.org, a non-profit charity that offers financial aid for non-routine veterinary care.

Finally, if your circumstances are such that you aren’t able to care for your pet and need to find a home, we’re here to help. It’s very important that you disclose all medical issues with the pet as part of the application process so that the prospective adopter understands the commitment required to care for her. You can start the process by creating a profile and posting your dog.

Dogs are social, and if you really don’t have enough time to spend directly with her, here some things you can try that might help:

Finally, if your circumstances are such that you don’t have the time for your pet and need to find a new home, we’re here to help. You can start the process by creating a profile and posting your dog.

You’re not sure how to pay the rent, ensure the kids are well cared for, and take care of the family dog. Whatever circumstances brought you to this point, we understand that it’s one of the most difficult challenges anyone can face.

If you’re having trouble affording your pet, these organizations and listings may be able to help:

In addition, both the AVMA and ASPCA offer tips for saving money on vet care. Taking a preventive approach to your pet's health will save you money in the long run!

If these organizations can’t help, you’re out of options, and you need to find a home for your pet, we have the solution and are here to help. You can start the process by creating a profile and posting your dog.

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