Assessing the welfare of a pet in the home may not always be simple because animals hide or owners may fear their pets could be removed. While there may be some signs that suggest an animal is in jeopardy, there may also be extenuating circumstances to address. Multiple factors can include whether the situation is brief or chronic, as well as the physical condition of the pet. Some clients may benefit from education, support, and services to keep the pet with the owner, while other solutions can include pet relinquishment. The following chart offers initial guidance if there is a pet in the home and lists potential situations that can result based on whether or not the owner or caretaker has the strength, ability, and desire to care for their animal.