What to do with a pet you cannot take to your new home?
Pet owners not being able to take their pet with them to a new home is an all too familiar story. You may be moving from a house to an apartment, duplex, condo, or other such facility that does not allow pets on the premises. What is a pet owner to do? You do not want to dump off in the country or somewhere else. That is cruel and in many areas illegal. Some people just leave the animal behind at the old house, but again abandonment is considered animal cruelty.
The first step is to try and find it a new owner. Your first choice should be to try friends and relatives. In this case you will have a chance to still see the animal and you will have a pretty good idea about the people your pet is going to live with. People often put up ads on message board sites like craigslist. Offering to give their pet away to a good home. This is a more risky move, as you have no idea who these people really are, or their intentions. Somebody may just want to get some food for their boa constrictor. Or they may just dump the animal, when they tire of it. You can try to do a little new owner verification, but it may be difficult.
Another option is to give it to the pound or other shelter. But this is often a death sentence for the animal as well. Unless the animal is fairly young, its chances for adoption go way down.