Can Karma take my dog? Can Karma take my cat?

We do not take owner-surrendered animals. All of our dogs are transferred to us from shelters.

Why do you need to give up your dog or cat?

Parting with an animal companion is one of the most painful things in life – for both you, your family, and the animal. Please consider the following before giving up your friend:

1. Are you moving?

Moving is the most common reason people give up their pets. It doesn’t have to be this way.

Most people give up too quickly in their search for rental property that accepts pets. Don’t be quick to jump on the first apartment you see. There’ll probably be a better one available soon. You can visit People With Pets if you live in the Southern California area and need to find a pet-friendly place to live.

Widen your search. Most people only look as far as the classified ads. Many landlords list their properties through real estate agents or rental associations rather than the classifieds. Take advantage of rental services that help tenants find apartments. Ask friends, relatives and co-workers to keep an eye open for you. Many apartments are rented via word of mouth before they’re ever advertised in the papers.

“No Pets” doesn’t always mean “No pets, period.” Many landlords automatically rule out pets because they don’t want the hassle. Many of these landlords are pet owners themselves. Just because the ad says “No Pets” doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go see the apartment anyway. During the interview, ask the landlord, “Are pets absolutely out of the question?” If he answers, “Well…,” you have a chance! HINT: You’ll have better luck asking this question in person than over the telephone – it’s harder for people to say no to your face.

2. Is your landlord making you do this?

Bring your well-groomed, well-behaved dog or sweet cat to the rental interview. Show the landlord that your pet is well cared for and that you’re a responsible owner. Bring along an obedience class diploma, Canine Good Citizen Certificate, or other achievement certification if your pet has one.

Offer an additional security deposit or rental amount to be able to have a dog or cat.

Bring references from your previous landlords and neighbors, as well as from your dog’s trainer. Invite the landlord to see your present home to show him that the dog or cat has not damaged the property nor been a nuisance to the neighbors.

Use a dog crate. Landlords are much more receptive to dogs that will be crated when their owners aren’t home.

3. Is your home “too small” for a dog?

Dogs don’t mind small homes. In fact, many prefer dens to wide-open spaces. It’s fine to have a small home as long as your dog gets the exercise she needs. Don’t think you’re being unfair to your dog by moving into a smaller place than she’s used to. Dogs are very adaptable and can often adjust even faster than people. Where she lives isn’t as important to her as whom she lives with. She wants to be with you and doesn’t care where that is.

4. You don’t have enough time for your pet?

Your pet would rather stay with you, no matter what. Animals ask for so little in return for their unconditional love. Try to find a neighbor, a family member, or friend who can help out – even once a week – while you go through this difficult time. Even one or two extra walks a week can help a dog. Try to find 5 extra minutes in your schedule to play some ball, or snuggle with your pet when you sit down to watch your favorite TV program.

5. Your dog is out of control, jumps on you and your kids, destroys your house, etc.

Every dog around 8 months old to 2 years old goes through a difficult period. Hey, guess what helps? Training! Trust us, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. We would love to help you with this – we offer free training consultations. Please email us at or call us for an appointment.

6. You are pregnant and not supposed to be around cats.

This is a common misconception. You can be around cats… you just don’t want to touch any cat poop while pregnant. With all that you are going to go through for the next 9 months, you don’t want to lose your loving companion.

7. You can no longer afford to take care of my pet.

The Volunteers of America offer a Companion Pet Program that helps low-income seniors keep their beloved companion pets. The program is available in the greater Long Beach area, parts of Orange County, the South Bay, and Los Angeles. Telephone (213) 389-1500 ext.18.