Humane Society of Central Illinois

Placing A Dog On Your Own

Is Your Dog Ready To Be Re-homed?

  1. Before attempting to place your dog, put together a portfolio.
    • The dog should be spayed/neutered and have been seen by a vet. (See note below)  List the vet's name and phone number in the portfolio.
    • Assemble all the health information and put it in a folder for the new owners. If you have a purebred, include articles or books on that breed.
    • Include the last date your dog received her heartworm prevention and the brand name.
  2. Write up a history including Date of Birth, AKC papers if applicable and what the dog eats, etc. for the new owners. The adoption will go more smoothly if the new owners know what to expect. Include this in the portfolio.
  3. Schedule a grooming session or bathe her yourself. Show her off to her best advantage!
  4. If your dog is aggressive or has a bite record, there are liability issues with regard to passing on those problems to someone else. If a bite occurs after the transfer, you still could be liable! If you're not willing to hire a trainer who specializes in aggression problems, take your dog to the veterinarian and have her humanely euthanized. This is a serious matter, and is the kindest thing for the dog. You wouldn't want her to have to endure a "bite hold" at a shelter - 10 days of solitary confinement that is terribly upsetting for the dog.
  5. Be truthful! Think about the kind of home that would be best for her. Ideally, your dog will spend the next 10 - 15 years with her new owners. Remember, placing her with the wrong people may ultimately result with your beautiful dog left at the shelter.

Advertising Your Dog

Investing in flyers and ads will payoff.

Meeting The Adopters

Go to the home of prospective adopters and meet the entire household.

Trust Your Instincts!   You don't have to give your dog to anyone.


It is your responsibility to sterilize your dog before passing him/her on. If the dog is purebred, an intact animal will attract all the wrong sorts and possibly end up as a "puppymill' inmate, doomed to live its life out in a small cage. These dogs produce puppies for the pet store industry and live horrible lives, until they are spent and worthless to the "miller". If the dog is mixed, there is no reason to allow the animal to reproduce and numerous reasons to have the surgery done by the age of 6 months; before he/she can accidentally contribute to the overpopulation problem or go into "heat".