The SPCA of Wake County celebrates the human-animal bond and has made a commitment to help pets stay in their homes and out of the shelter system. As a part of that effort, we offer a few resources to help pet owners.
Pet Behavior Problems – Try This First
Pet behavior problems are one of the main reasons pets are relinquished to shelters. We have compiled a library of pet behavior articles we can share with you if a behavioral issue has arisen with your pet — whether you adopted him or her from our program or not! You might be surprised to learn that some behavior issues can be solved by you in your own home! It just takes some time and patience. If you are experiencing behavior problems with your pet, we encourage you to look through the library (see below). You may find an article that gives you the tools to work through the issue at home, allowing you to keep both your pet and your sanity! If you’re having trouble determining if an article may be helpful, please call us at 919-772-2326. We’re here to help!
Getting Professional Help
Of course, some behaviors are more complicated and it may be best to consult a professional.
Most pet behavior problems can be addressed with simple, humane intervention that emphasizes relationship building and the human-animal bond. Force-free pet training doesn’t rely on pain, fear, or physical coercion to cause learning. Therefore, pets and people can have a fun with a low-stress experience, working together to build joyful, trusting friendships.
We recommend finding a professional who uses these methods. The Force Free Academy for Canine Trainers helps maintain a database of pet trainers and behavior consultants willing to help SPCA Wake adopters at special discounted rates. If you didn’t adopt from us, never fear! They can help you, too. Click here to find trainers in your area.
Not a Behavior Problem? – Other Resources
Behavior problems aren’t the only reasons pets are surrendered to shelters. We offer a Pet Retention Tools packet filled with information about pet-friendly housing, veterinary care assistance, and other pet retention tools. We hope the information will help pet owners keep the pets they already have.
Sometimes, for whatever reason, leaving a pet in his current home isn’t an option. In that case, the best option is for the pet’s owner to take a “do-it-yourself” approach and rehome the pet without him entering the shelter system. The Do-It-Yourself Rehoming packet has tips and tricks for finding your pet a new home.