To help take the burden off overcrowded shelters by keeping pets in their homes while up for adoption, a group of people have founded GetYourPet.com, an online community through which guardians can list their pets for adoption on an open website to be viewed by adopters anywhere.
In addition to guardians being able to list their pet and potential adopters to browse at will, Get Your Pet offers guidance on listing a pet, choosing a pet, managing a meet and greet from both perspectives, a free exam at a participating veterinarian and other benefits.
How and why do pets end up in shelters?
Millions of animals end up in shelters every year in different ways. They may have been abandoned and are trying to live on the streets, or they may be the descendants of abandoned pets and are brought in by animal control or members of the public.
Individuals also surrender their own pets for reasons including financial, health, space, permission, number of pets and more. As a rescuer I’ve helped people surrender portions of their household of cats because they had overpopulated when not spayed or neutered, and also helped others who were moving to personal care or whose friends or family had passed away and pets needed to be rehomed. Many pets are friendly and healthy and ready to just head to another home, but if their guardians can’t find a home for them these pets join the numbers of others already in the shelter.
Shelters do the best they can within their means, but the press of homeless pets keeps them constantly overflowing, a stressful situation for both animals and humans. Pets are also possibly exposed to illnesses and the possibility of euthanasia is still present in most shelters.
Get Your Pet targets the surrendered pet population
The website states that out of about 7.5 million animals who end up in shelters every year 2.5 million are surrendered pets. The goal of Get Your Pet is to keep as many of those pets as possible out of the shelter entirely, to keep them in their home so the guardian can meet with potential adopters, tell them about their pet, and personally surrender the pet to the new guardian. Surrendering a pet is never easy for the person or the pet, but this helps to give both an easier transition.
I would also hope that the population of people who offer their pets “free to a good home” might also take advantage of this service, so that it helps that population of pets at risk of being sent to a total stranger and pets who have often had no veterinary care at all.
Angela Marcus devised Get Your Pet “in direct response to her experience first-hand with the challenges inherent in the animal sheltering system.” She has worked as a veterinary technician, a Forensic Case Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s largest Humane Law Enforcement team, a contributing presenter on the television channel Animal Planet, and as the Operations Director for the Pennsylvania SPCA. Co-founder Jeff Tucker was so impressed by her idea he offered to partner and manage the business end of things, and Brian Eriksen joined as the “Ace Technocat” to design and manage the digital interface.
How it works
Guardians have the opportunity to:
- list 3 photos and a video of their pet
- list a full profile of their pet
- message anonymously with potential adopters
- arrange meet-ups
- arrive at a legally documented adoption
There is no limit of time for a profile, but a guardian sets a number of days for getting their pet adopted, either as a “hard deadline” because they are moving or their landlord won’t give them more time, or as a soft deadline, able to add more time if an adopter wasn’t found.
Pets are also given extra exposure on the Get Your Pet Facebook page.
Adopters have the opportunity to:
- browse the profiles of dogs and cats on getyourpet.com
- exchange unlimited, secure messages with pet guardians with free community membership
- meet up with pet guardians
- take the pet for a free exam at a participating veterinarian
- take legal possession of the pet
What does it cost?
For guardians, Get Your Pet has waived their customary $10 fee for becoming a guardian in the Get Your Pet Community. Publishing a pet profile, messaging with adopters, and getting to a legal adoption are all free.
For adopters, browsing, messaging and meet ups, anything up to adopting the pet, is free.
The adopter pays Get Your Pet an adoption fee ($99 for a dog, $49 for a cat) online only after they take possession of the pet from the guardian. See details of the adoption package below.
- The Adoption Package includes a legally documented adoption.
- It also includes a free examination by a local, participating Get Your Pet veterinarian, which includes many Banfield veterinarians, and VCA animal hospitals has become a national partner with Get Your Pet. Some veterinarians, designated with a ★ on the list, will also provide a free rabies shot, if needed.
- If the adoption doesn’t work out, the Adopter can re-list the pet on Get Your Pet at no charge.
- Adopters are eligible for a certificate for 30 days’ pet insurance from Trupanion (offer varies in California).
- Money-saving in-store coupons valuable for those who live near Pet Valu stores.
- $40 off pet care services with Rover, the nation’s largest network of 5-star pet sitters and dog walkers (new Rover customers only).
Shelters and animal welfare organizations also benefit from a portion of the profits from Get Your Pet.
Visit the website to read more. Pages of detailed explanations and FAQs are available, and you can also browse profiles and happy successful adoptions. If you have a pet to rehome, give it a try. If not, keep it in your little bag of resources for someone who may need it.
I was compensated by Nakturnal to write and publish this post. In the interests of helping homeless animals I find Get Your Pet to be a resource my readers would appreciate.
All photos courtesy the GetYourPet.com website.
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