Why are you considering surrendering your pet?
We’re here to answer your behavior questions about your pet, and we might just be able to help you resolve an issue that will keep your pet at home, with you.
Please email our behavioral team at PetHelp@bwar.org. Or simply call our shelter at (828) 505-3440, extension 101.
If someone in your home has been diagnosed with allergies by an allergist, carefully consider if you can live with or manage the symptoms. Children may outgrow pet allergies while others are able to manage their symptoms and keep their pet in their home.
The following have proven effective in managing pet allergies:
- Minimize contact with the animal and create an area free of pets, such as the bedroom.
- Vacuum and clean floors, walls, ceilings, and furniture on a weekly basis.
- Place a high efficiency particulate air purifier (HEPA) in the home, in addition to filters on vents.
- Enlist the help of non-allergy suffering family members to clean the litterbox and pick up after the pet.
- Frequently wash clothing and bedding materials, including the pet’s bed.
- Frequently bathe and groom the family pet.
- Consider removing dander attracting materials such as upholstered furniture and draperies; replace wall-to-wall carpeting with wood, tile, linoleum, or vinyl flooring that won’t harbor hair and allergen-causing molecules.
Additional treatments for pet allergies include:
- Immunotherapy (allergy shots)
- Steroidal and antihistamine nose sprays or medication
- A combination of both approaches
We understand that taking care of an animal can be expensive and vet bills can add up. Here are a list of places that offer low cost vet services:
- Fox Run Veterinary Services, Low cost vet clinic – (828) 645-2908
- Humane Alliance, Spay/Neuter Service – (828) 252-2079
Moving with pets can often be a difficult process, and for property managers, finding responsible tenants with pets can also be a challenge. Please go to Home Star Search to find pet-friendly apartments in the area. See more searching tools on our resources page.
- Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks to months to find it the best home.
- Increase its adoptability by having it spayed or neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on its vaccinations.
- The more people that know your pet needs a new home will increase its chances of finding the right one. Tell your friends, family and co-workers and ask them to do the same.
- Advertise in the local newspaper or online, but use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential adopters. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home and require an adoption fee to deter unscrupulous individuals. When you find a family that meets your and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information to follow up on how your pet is doing in its new home.