It happens to everyone, you get a pet, but then you realize that it is not for you or a major event makes you rehome it. It’s not a bad thing as long as you don’t do it to every pet.
When you rehome an animal, you must not only properly describe the animal, but also be willing to take it back if something happens and accept responsibility for any illness, injuries, or death caused by your animal entering the new home. Proper quarantine in the new home will help prevent these issues, but not everyone will quarantine or know to do so.
There are a few things you need to consider when you decide to rehome an animal, and if you answer “yes” to any of them, then they need to be listed on the advertisement you post.
- Has this animal ever shown signs of aggression?
- Does this animal show signs of anxiety?
- Is this animal not fully socialized?
- Has this animal ever been ill?
- Has this animal ever been injured?
- Does this animal have any allergies(even minor ones)?
- Does this animal not get along well with members of its own species upon first impression?
- Have you ever had to reprimand this animal for bad behavior?
- Is this animal currently showing mild to severe sign of stress or illness?
- Has this animal ever been into contact with the opposite sex? <– Mainly for females, though in some species, STD’s are a concern.
- Has this animal ever given birth or fathered a litter?
- Does this animal do poorly in situations where they will be surrounded by several humans?
- Where did this animal come from? Do you know of any genetic faults that may be present?
If you do not tell the new owner of any of those things until they have the rat at home, it is considered false advertising and lying. People in the rat community are very serious about this kind of thing, we do not like to see people deceived.
Many times, people don’t realize that they are deceiving someone, they didn’t mean to lie to the new owner, but it doesn’t change the fact that they knew of the quirks their animal had and did not inform the new owners. Don’t forget that you are not only transferring the animal to another person, but all the responsibility that comes with it as well, and you have to think about what special responsibilities come with the animal.