Can't Keep Your Pet?
Here at Calvin’s Paws, we understand that there are many reasons why you feel you may not be able to keep your pet. We know that a lot of problems may seem insurmountable, but there is help out there! If you love your pet, but feel you need to give them up, please take a look at some of the resources below first.
I'm moving and can't take my pet with me.
We understand that moving can be very stressful. Many people end up giving up their animals because they don’t have the right tools to make the move with their pets. Pet-friendly housing can be found in every city and town. If you’re moving, please take a moment and check out some of the resources below before making the decision to surrender your pet.
I am allergic or someone in my family is allergic to my pet.
About 15% of the population suffers from animal allergies. However, the good news is that most allergies can be managed and many allergy sufferers actually own pets! The first thing you need to know is that all pets are allergenic (allergy-causing). There are NO hypoallergenic animals. The two major things you can do to help with allergies are bathing your pet weekly and create an “allergy-free” zone in the home and use HEPA filters throughout the home. Here are some other tips for dealing with pet allergies:
We had or are expecting a baby.
Pets and children can get along great, and can form life-long bonds. Studies show that children that live with pets in the house actually have a lower risk of developing allergies, along with many other benefits.
The Dog and Baby Support Hotline (Toll free): (877) 247-3407
My cat or dog has behavior problems.
Behavior problems are common in both cats and dogs – no one is perfect! The first step in dealing with any behavior problem is a trip to the vet to check for a medical cause. Did you know that a cat peeing outside of a litterbox (even only occasionally!) is a major sign of a urinary tract infection or crystals? Aggression can be a sign that your animal is in pain. Below are some links with advice for dealing with some of the most common behavior problems. Please try to work with your pet before deciding to give them up.
If you have tried various solutions listed above and still feel you need to re-home your pet, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include a picture and description of your animal (age, gender, personality, etc.). We will try to find a spot in our program, but keep in mind that we are all volunteers and foster space is limited.