This article gives you tips on how to write a free to good home ad for your dog or other pet.
You’ll learn simple techniques that will encourage people to read your post which will give your pet the best chance possible to find a new home. Please be realistic on the length of time you think it will take to find a new adopter. Be careful giving your pet away for free.
You should always charge a rehoming fee.
Statistics show that a person who actually pays for a new pet is more likely to want the pet. You can still use these tips below to write an ad even if you ask for a small rehoming fee. Be sure to look at the two examples we’ve included below!
Places To Post Free To Good Home Ads
Ads can be placed on the pet rehoming sites on Facebook and placed on your own Facebook page. You can design a cool poster and share it over Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Instagram or other social media platforms.
You can create a sign on your computer and go around to local grocery stores, libraries and other local places and hang your signs.
The more people see your pet, the higher the chance that you’ll create interest.
Be sure to tell all of your friends, contacts and relatives. One of them might be passively looking for a new pet and they could decide to adopt yours.
Get creative and think outside the box. But just be cautious and use some of our tips to help make sure you find a good home for your pet.
How To Write A Free To Good Home Ad
> Tell potential adopters the age of your pet.
> Indicate if the pet is neutered or spayed.
> Indicate if the pet has ever had any health or medical issues.
> Indicate if pet is updated on vaccinations.
> Tell potential adopters if the pet is good with kids and other pets.
> Be honest about any negative traits your pet has (jumping, aggression, shyness, anxiousness, biting, scratching).
> Indicate if the pet is shy or aggressive.
> If it’s a dog, be sure to put down if they’re house trained, potty trained or crate trained.
> Always indicate that you need references, we suggest 3, so you can call and ask them about their opinion of the potential adopter getting a new pet.
> Always ask for a veterinarian reference. If the potential adopter isn’t willing to let you speak to their veterinarian, there’s a problem and we suggest you don’t adopt to this person.
> Always tell the potential adopter that you need to do a home check to see where the dog will live, sleep, play and eat. If they live in a small apartment and already have numerous pets, maybe your German Shepherd shouldn’t live there. AND, they could possibly be over their pet limit so please don’t adopt to them unless you are totally comfortable.
> Include pictures of your pet. Pictures being silly, with kids or other pets are great. Use clear and bright pictures, not blurry ones or pictures that are dark. Use canva.com, picmonkey or other photo editing software to create interesting pictures.
> Include a phone number so potential adopters can call you.
> Indicate the rehoming fee. Saying the you’re giving away your pet for FREE is dangerous.
> Keep your postings updated. Go back to the places where you placed your ads and make sure someone didn’t cover them up or take them down. Once your pet is adopted, remove all the signs and update your internet listing.
Bonus Tips On How To Write A Free To Good Home Ad
Using CAPITALIZATION, bold and underline. These help draw the eye to particular areas of interest.
Using italics can help the reader know how much your dog really REALLY likes to play ball.
Using bulleted lists like this can:
- help the reader scan quickly
- make it quicker to read
- make things tidy
- help the reader stay focused
The use of color can help also. Color is an important tool for FREE TO GOOD HOME ADS. Try not to put a black and white photo up unless it’s just really cool. Place a bright, clear picture of your pet, especially with a great background. Make you pet be the best part of the picture.
Other things you should do is ALWAYS always ALWAYS ask the potential adopter questions.
Why do you want to adopt my dog? Is a perfectly legitimate question.
If they can’t answer you with an answer that makes sense, either dig deeper or tell them to be gone.
Other things I’d like to know would be how many other pets they have. If they have dogs, are they inside, outside, do they have a fenced yard?
How long have they lived at their house/apartment?
I’d also find out if other people in the house want another pet. If they don’t, I probably wouldn’t let them adopt my pet. Why? The people that don’t want the new pet might abuse him out of spite.
If you’ve tried these things and still can’t find someone to adopt your pet, call your local animal shelter or rescue organization and find out their policy. Most shelters and rescues will have a policy on how long they keep animals before euthanizing and many will work diligently with other rescues to find fosters and placements.
Never just toss your animal out on the street if you can’t find a home for it. Feel free to contact us if you’d like us to share your pet picture and adoption information. We’d love to help if you can’t keep your pet.
Have a good day,
Kelley Stewart, CEO|Pet Sitter
sit-stay-play In-home pet sitting & more.LLC
P.S. Read our previous article, My Dog Needs Gone Before Noon
P.P.S. If your free to good home ad looks like the one below, it needs work…