Finding Your Pet a New Home

Surrendering your pet to a shelter should be a last resort.

Before bringing your pet to a shelter, please pursue the following tips.

Finding a new home for your dog or cat

  1. Give yourself plenty of time to re-home your pet. Last-minute efforts to rehome pets often lead to unsafe situations.
  2. Ask family, friends and coworkers if they, or someone they know, might be interested in giving your pet a new home. People can share your situation by word of mouth and social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Nextdoor, etc.
  3. Your veterinarian, a local pet supply store,or pet groomer might also be a resource for networking.
  4. Increase your pet’s adoptability by making sure it’s spayed/neutered, groomed, and up to date on vaccinations.
  5. Consider placing an ad for your pet: online or in local newspapers. However, screening is important. Do not let your desire to re-home your pet override your pet’s need for the new owner to confirm that they can provide a life-long home to your pet.
  6. Online resources:
    • Rehome provides
      • A free platform for owners to use to rehome pets.
      • Owners create a profile for their pet and receive inquiries from interested adopters.
    • Get Your Pet provides
      • Rehoming for private, home-to-home, placement.
      • Free for current owners to post their animals.
  7. Is your pet a purebred? Contact your breeder or a breed-specific rescue group.


If you have exhausted all the resources above, find out more about our appointment-only surrender process here.

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