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What we can learn from Meogui

This is Meogui. The Beagle Mix was surrendered to the HSEP because his previous owner moved and could not take him with him. Now he is waiting at the HSEP to find his new forever home. If you are thinking about adopting a pet or surrendering your pet due to an upcoming move, please consider the following possibilities first.

The most important question before getting a pet is to ask yourself if you will be able to afford and have time to care for it. Having a pet is a big responsibility and it will be your companion as long as he/she lives. Depending on the kind of pet and its breed, animals will have different life expectancies. Make sure you are ready to commit for the entire lifespan of your pet.

When relocating with your pets it is important that you do your research. There are always options to take your pet with you. The most important thing to consider is to find an apartment or house for rent that allows your pet to stay with you. If you have to, you could leave your pets with family or a friend until you find something that accommodates all of you. While traveling many motels or hotels allow pets, either for a small fee or for free (La Quinta, Red Roof Inn, Best Western, etc.). Find more pet friendly hotels here: Pet Friendly Hotels . You could also try to stay with friends or family to save money, if possible.

Now in regards to finances, a move is always expensive, however, you can plan ahead and put a little bit of money aside over the course of multiple months, or you can organize a yard sale to get some extra cash in order to transport your pets safely. Where there is a will there is a way. Remember, surrendering your pet should be your last resort.

Also good to know is, that there are financial resources for pet owners in need. You can find many of them listed on these pages: FinancialAid for Pets and Affording Your Pet.

In case you consider rehoming your pet rather than surrendering, you can find tips to do so here: Tips for Re-Homing Your Pet.

If you are currently looking for a new companion, please consider Meogui as he is still looking for a happy home. He walks excellent on a leash and is even potty trained. You can find more information about him here: Meogui, or come visit him in person at the Humane Society of El Paso at 4991 Fred Wilson El Paso, TX 79906.