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Rehoming a Pet

Find a new home for your pet

Sometimes, families find themselves in situations where caring for an animal is no longer a possibility. Choosing to re-home a pet can be an incredibly difficult decision. HSVB is here to provide caring advice and resources for people who are searching for a new home for their companion animal. 

Increase your pets adoptability and spread the word

The following are some tips to try to re-home your pet before bringing it to a shelter:

  • Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks to months to find it the best home.
  • Increase your pet’s adoptability by having it spayed or neutered and groomed. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on vaccinations.
  • Spread the word to increase your chances of finding the right home for your pet. Ask your friends, family and co-workers to help. Social media can be a great place to share this information, in addition to neighborhood apps.
  • You can also use the Home to Home tool which gives pet owners the ability to be more involved, and it’s simple to use! Set up a pet profile, and interested people apply. HSVB staff review posts — making it a safer alternative to other online marketplaces, such as Craigslist. 
  • Use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential adopters. (Are there other pets in the house? Have you established a relationship with a veterinarian? Do you have a fenced in yard? How many hours a day will the animal be left alone?)
  • Share your expectations for your pet’s new home. If you wish to stay in touch with your pet’s new family, make that clear up front. 
  • Never abandon your animal. HSVB is an open-admission organization and we will accept any animal for any reason.
  • For additional tips, please call our Pawsitive Impact Team at 772-388-3331.

We're here to help!

For caring, compassionate advice and resources to address all your animal concerns, please call our Pawsitive Impact Team at 772-388-3331.

To start the process on rehoming your pet use the Home to Home tool.