A couple of months back, our Freckles escaped from the ACF and a lot of us were heart broken. We looked for him and even put up flyers, hoping that if anyone found him they would return him to the facility.
His original caregiver moved to Hawaii and with the condition his ears were in, she didn’t want to put him through the trauma of a 6 month quarantine. When she found out that he went missing, she suggested looking where she used to live to see if that was where he headed. Lo and behold, that is where one of our cat petters found him! He wandered from the ACF near Ferry Landing all the way to B Ave and 4th Street! That is a long journey for our brave boy, Freckles. Though he was a little dirty and looked like he had gotten into some fights while being away, he is still just as lovable as can be.
Though sometimes we can not take our animals with us when we move away, you must realize that it is traumatizing to our pets when we have to give them up. They are attached to us and attached to the homes they lived in.
There are solutions if you are not able to take your pets with you when you move. Here is what you can do:
You can talk to friends or family members to see if they would be willing to be caregivers of your pet.
You can also post your pet for adoption on Petfinder.com if friends and family members are not able to care for your pet.
If all else fails, you can bring your pet to a no kill shelter for reassurance that they will not be put down and will hopefully find a wonderful home.
If you would like more information on what to do if you do have to give up your pet, check out this link.