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
- Give yourself plenty of time to re-home your pet. Last-minute efforts to rehome pets often lead to unsafe situations.
- 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.
- Your veterinarian, a local pet supply store,or pet groomer might also be a resource for networking.
- Increase your pet’s adoptability by making sure it’s spayed/neutered, groomed, and up to date on vaccinations.
- 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.
- Online resources:
- A free platform for owners to use to rehome pets.
- Owners create a profile for their pet and receive inquiries from interested adopters.
- Support to owners who need to give up their pets.
- Introductions to prospective adoptive families.
- A free listing service for owners who need to re-home their pet.
- Experienced advisors available as a free resource to owners.
- Is your pet a from a rescue or shelter? Many groups have lifetime return policies. Contact them directly to find out.
- 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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