Our goal is to help keep you and your pet united; if you wish to keep your pet but are having a hard time and are considering rehoming your pet, please let us know what kind of help you need. Our Pet Assistance Program can provide direct support or referrals for help whether you need veterinary care assistance, pet food and supplies, or other resources; you can submit a pet assistance request here.
Rehoming Your Dog
Please note that it is our priority to take in dogs that are already at risk in shelters, and we are often unable to take in dogs directly from caregivers due to various factors. However, if you are willing and able to keep your pet until they are in their new home, we can give you coaching and support in safely rehoming your dog. Check out some of our most successful tips for rehoming your dog below:
- Try posting the dog on sites like NextDoor and Facebook. Community-based social media sites like these can be a good way to find a trustworthy neighbor or acquaintance who may be looking for exactly the type of pet you are rehoming.
- In many cases, people are most likely to successfully re-home their dogs to someone in their personal networks. So, while you may be tempted to be discreet about rehoming your pet for fear of judgment, we actually recommend sharing with everyone you know and trust– friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and pet care providers like your veterinarian, trainer, and dog sitter. By rehoming within your personal network, this also allows a potential adopter the chance to develop a relationship with the dog and the current caregiver prior to adoption, and you get the opportunity to really learn about the dog’s new setting before rehoming them.
- Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet allows caregivers to list dogs they would like to rehome. These pet listings may appear in searches alongside other shelter and rescue dogs seeking homes. You can write a bio and state the kind of environment where you think the pet will thrive. Applicants will contact you directly through the website. Rehome will set an adoption fee based on different characteristics about the dog; those adoption fees range from $30-$199. Rehome keeps the adoption fee as a charge for using their site. If you include an adoption fee of your own in the listing, Rehome may not approve your post.