First, please read our new pet behavior help articles. Those tips can help you!
If your newly adopted pet really isn't working out and you adopted a pet from...
...a shelter or rescue organization, check your adoption contract and contact that organization to verify what is required. Some contracts strictly require you return the pet to them. Others will ask if you can find a new home for the pet yourself, and in that case watch this video to see if using Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com can help you.
...through Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com from a Private Owner:
1. Contact the owner to see if they can take the pet back.
2. If you do not hear back from the owner within a reasonable amount of time (like 24 to 48 hours and you left a voice message), in the adoption agreement that you and the owner signed look for this section which will have one option checked:
If this adoption does not work out, please choose one of the following:
____ Return Pet to Owner
____ Rehome using Adopt-a-Pet.com
Rehome recommends all original relinquishing owners to discuss the above with applicants prior to adoption, to come to an agreement about what happens if an adopter tries or is unable to rehome the adopted pet, and what additional steps the adopter agrees to take before the adopter relinquishes the pet to an animal shelter. That doesn't always happen, so then it is up to you as the pet's new owner to determine what is the best course of action for you and your adopted pet.
If you return a pet adopted through Rehome to the private owner or surrender that pet to a shelter or rescue, you may ask Rehome for an adoption fee refund.