Surrendering an animal is very hard to do and it can be a heartbreaking thing for a family. It is the single most common question that we are asked about. Here at the SPCA, we love offering assistance and alternatives to keep pets with their loved ones. Here are some answers to the most common problems.
We cannot afford food or health care for our animal.
At the SPCA we have a food pantry dedicated to helping families who cannot afford to feed their beloved pets. Our pantry is open the first Thursday of every month and we offer a reasonable amount of food to help you and your pet(s) make it through the month. We do require that all pets be spayed/neutered and up to date on rabies shots. There are NO exceptions. We do not subsidize breeders. If the family is simply unable to afford spay/neuter surgery, we will help to find a low cost spay/neuter clinic within a reasonable distance of the families home. In 2010 we helped 143 families spay/neuter animals and in 2011 we surpassed 200 families!
I am pregnant and we need to give up our cat for health reasons.
Did you know that as long as you clean your cat's litter box daily there are no health risks to a pregnant woman? The toxins that build up take days or weeks to reach levels that may cause you or your child harm. Simply clean the litter box daily and your best friend can stay! What a beautiful gift that your feline companion can grow to know and love their human-sibling as opposed to ending up in the shelter, scared and confused. Here is a website that offers other insights, such as having others clean the litter box or wearing gloves to do so: Just Mommies
We just had a child and our dog/cat is not reacting well.
Uh oh! I used to be number one and now there is someone else stealing all of my attention! Sound familiar? That may be how your cat or dog feels after you have a new baby. Ridiculous as it may be to you- your pets are still very important- they may still feel this way and harbor some unpleasant feeling towards the little one. We work with a trainer who offers phone conversations at no cost, and reduced fees for families trying to keep their pet in the home as opposed to turning them in to shelters. Please call us if you would like to speak with her! Behavioral issues with pets can almost always be solved and worked on, you just need the right tools.
Our cat is not using the litter box.
Always bring your cat to the vet first! If this behavior has never happened before, it may be health related. If you bring him to the vet and all health tests check out- Try Cat Attract or Kitten Attract! We have had several cats with marking issues and this litter is a miracle. There are also several calming agents you can purchase at pet stores that may do the trick. Marking behavior, if not health related, is usually related to stress or discomfort. Has something in the house changed? Even simply moving a chair or your pet's food bowl can throw them off.
Our dog has developed behavioral issues.
Always take your dog to the veterinarian FIRST. Grumpy or even aggressive behaviors can be signals alerting you to a serious health problem. Human beings are easily agitated when sick, and so are your pets. Unfortunately, they cannot speak. Once your dog visits a veterinarian and all health tests check out, it is probably time to call a behaviorist.
Ask yourself- has anything changed? Just as humans can be uncomfortable with change, dogs can be the same way. Is there a lot of stress in the home? Dogs can pick up on those feelings and react accordingly. Maybe it is time to offer a veterinarian recommended stress aid to your pet. Pet stores sell supplements and air-borne stress aids, you may just need to try a few out to see which works best.
Please don't be quick to give up on your best friend! Behavior changes are almost always health related, and when health is not the issue that can indicate a stressed animal. We are here to answer your phone call if you need someone to talk to, or if you need some advice. We would love to spend time talking through the problem with you!
Our homeowners insurance does not cover Pit Bulls or our apartment complex does not allow our Pit Bull.
There are two resources we recommend for this problem. Hopefully breed specific legislation will fall by the wayside soon, once the rest of the world realizes the breed itself is not to blame for an incident. Until then... check into these two resources:
We also strongly recommend speaking with the wonderful volunteers at Carolina Care Bullies. They may have resources or advice we don't know about! Even if you don't need help, check them out because they are awesome! Visit their website!