By simply opening the phone book or doing an internet search you can easily find one. They don’t charge to take the pet and are usually very sympathetic. Some are «no-kill» shelters, meaning they won’t euthanize the pet if it isn’t adopted within a certain period of time. If you have a pure-bred dog or cat variety another option is breed specfic rescues. These are groups that focus on one breed of cat or dog. If there is a breed there is a rescue for it.
These groups will take the animals, and work to find them good homes. My wife and I work with a greyhound rescue and find it to be very rewarding. I’m assuming rescues that deal with them exist as well. I’m sure a little research can turn one up. Like most things in life prevention is the best way to avoid the problem. I’m guilty of it myself.
The damn creature is just so cute you buy it without thinking or researching. This is how you end up with an animal that isn’t right for you or your lifestyle. Also be sure to look at your finances ahead of time. To properly care for a pet is costly. So you need to decide if you can afford another mouth to feed, vaccinate, and provide vet care for before you buy. Dogs and cats give birth to multiple offspring at a time. Multiply that by the above figure and ask yourself if it is really too much trouble to have your pets spayed or neutered.
It also relieves you of having to make the painful choice of which adorable fluff-ball to give to the shelter. And many shelters will spay or neuter pets at reduced rates. The best way to deal with these guys is to call animal control. Most towns in the U. Calling them is the safest thing for you and the animal. Best to call animal control.
To prevent them from coming around see the steps below. As far as I knew when I first published this instructable, there were no shelters which take fish. Well it turns out I was wrong. I hadn’t considered which revealed a mammal-centric bias in my views. An internet search revealed the existance of fish rescues. The same will probably hold true for reptiles and amphibians as well.
So before you jump to killing the fish, do more research than I did and see if there is a fish rescue in your area that will take your finned friend off your hands. In order to get the fish to where you’re dropping them off you can use bait buckets. These are intended to be used by fisherman to transport live bait, but they work well for moving pet fish as well. Plus many come with openings in the top so you can feed in air lines etc. Release the fish to the wild. It relieves you of the guilt of having killed the fish, but as most pet fish are non-native tropical species it will probably die anyway. Secondly, if the fish doesn’t die you have just introduced a non-native species into an ecosystem.
To understand the damage non-native species can do to an ecosystem do a little research about the Great Lakes in the United States or the continent of Australia. While unpleasent this is probably the best option from an ecosystem point of view. If the fish is too large to ride the porcelan highway freezing is an option. Catch the sucker and put him in a container of water. Make sure you use a container with a tight fitting lid as the fish may flop around. Place the container in the freezer. Then dispose of the body in the trash on the day the trash is to be removed. If you throw them away earlier it will thaw out and begin to rot. This would lead to an unpleasent odor. I’d encourage you not to poison the fish’s water. It would kill the fish but you’d have to use a great deal of poison to overcome the dilution of the water. If you do use this option be sure to pull the charcol out of the filter.