Placing a Pet or Stray
Whether you have a pet you believe you can no longer care for, found a stray, or know someone who is considering turning in their pet to a shelter, below is information on how to find a new, loving home for the animal or to find a strays owner.
More: Rehome My Dog, Cat or Other Pet (bestfriends.org)
Strays may be lost or abandoned pets:
If they growl or if you are fearful, call the local SPCA to come to safely get the animal. If the dog or cat appears friendly to determine if you want to try and take it in until the owner or a home can be found. Get him/her to a vet right away to get important vaccinations and keep the stray in a separate place from children or other animals until you know him/her better. Next steps?
- Place a found report with local shelters; some may require you to come in to file the report others will accept a report by phone
- Put an ad in the News Journal/DelawareOnline.com or other major newspaper under ‘Found’ ads – they are free for a period of time
- Put up posters in your area with a description of the pet
- Post them on Petfinder.com
- If someone claims the pet is theirs, get a copy of the vet records or some ID to be sure the pet is reunited with the true owner
Finding a home for a pet:
- Ask responsible relatives, friends and co-workers if they are willing to provide a loving home for your pet
- Place an ad in the local newspaper or newspapers to find a home for a pet – they are not expensive
- Screen possible adopters to rule out possible neglectful or abusive homes – ask questions, go to their home to visit, see how your pet interacts with them
- Place the pets photo and description on Petfinder.com
- Place flyers up at work, at your local vet, and pet stores
Community Cats: TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return)
Faithful Friends works with individuals and businesses caring for homeless, unadoptable cats in outside colonies. Trained volunteers humanely trap, transport them to be spayed/neutered and then release the cats to the caretakers. Financial assistance may be available based on need.
Faithful Friends is also able to provide cat houses for shelter from predators and the elements during certain times of the year. If cat houses are not available, Faithful Friends can provide simple solutions so colony caretakers can make their own cat shelters. Instruction can also be found here.
What pet food do we recommend? Hill’s Science Diet Pet Foods!
We are proud to feed our pets high-quality Hill’s Science brand dog and cat food. Hill’s is a sponsor of Faithful Friends, donating food to our shelter to keep our pets happy and healthy! Hill’s puts their focus on making food with the highest quality, nutritional ingredients they can find.
Delaware Animal Welfare Low Cost and Free Service Directory
Check out this directory listing a variety of resources including information on Horse Rescues, Pet Food Banks, Services for Feral and Stray Cats, Spay/Neuter Clinics and Programs, Vaccine Clinics, Vaccination & Treatment Schedules for Dogs and Cats, Veterinary Clinics, How to Cope with High Cost of Veterinary Care & Temporary Sheltering for Owned Pets. Click here to download the directory!
No Kill Resources
Low-Cost Spay/Neuter and Veterinary Services
- Faithful Friends Animal Society: Spay/Neuter Program & Veterinary Care Program
- State of Delaware: Spay/Neuter Program
- Delaware SPCA: Spay/Neuter Clinic
- Delaware Humane Association: Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program
- Delaware County SPCA: Vet Care Program
Renting With Pets
“Moving” and “landlord won’t allow” are among the top reasons given by pet owners when relinquishing their dogs or cats to animal shelters. If you’re a pet owner committed to caring for your pet responsibly, there are several steps you can take to find pet-friendly rental housing.
- ApartmentList.com – the world’s first apartment-matching engine. You can modify your search for just pet-friendly housing by choosing the “Pet Policy” option from the “Amenities” tab at the bottom of the page.
- Apartments.com – you can search apartments in Delaware by many categories, including whether or not they allow cats, small dogs, and/or any size dogs; other states are also available.
- PetsWelcome.com: (Go to the section marked “Listings” and select “Apartments and Rentals,” and request listings for Delaware or other states.)
- RentLingo.com – a free nationwide service that pulls up-to-date apartment availability for millions of listing from multiple sources, shows if the property is pet-friendly, integrates reviews and gives users the option to connect to Facebook to see more social insights on the area and property.
- Rent.com – a free nationwide service that pulls up-to-date apartment availability for millions of listing from multiple sources, shows if the property is pet-friendly while integrating reviews and pricing. This unique link shows all pet-friendly apartment options in the Wilmington and surrounding areas.
- Other tips to find pet-friendly rental housing.
Foods That Kill
From chocolate to raisins, here’s what’s NOT to feed your pets even if they beg: Dangerous foods!
Faithful Friends has compiled a list of insurance companies that are not known to have breed restrictions. This list has been compiled as a resource for pet owners to assist with their insurance needs and pet retention. Pet owners are responsible for verifying all information. Download the list.
Affordable Pet Insurance
Pet CPR & First Aid Classes
Faithful Friends and the Delaware Safety Council have partnered to bring you Pet CPR & First Aid Classes! Learn how to come to the aid of your dog or cat. You love your pets and want to give them the healthiest life possible. When you take our 2.5 hour class you’ll learn how to best respond to an emergency situation if your dog or cat becomes ill or injured. Class size is limited. To register call (302) 276-0660. Click here for upcoming classes!
Home Safety Guide for Pet Owners
Click here to view the guide! The guide includes chapters with information on hazards for pets, food safety for pets, pet-proofing, and natural disaster preparation for pet owners.
Travel Safety Guide for Pet Owners
Click here to view the guide! The guide includes chapters with information on traveling safely with your pet.
Training Your Pet to be a Certified Service Animal
Main Line Deputy Dog helps people with physical challenges or mental health concerns train their own dogs to be fully certified service dogs. A Deputy Dog performs tasks that help you function with increased independence and greater confidence. Click here for more info!