Give Up a Pet (Rehome)
We understand that pets are family. Unfortunately, situations change and keeping a pet may become impossible.
What ever the circumstance, finding a new happy home for your pet can be the most compassionate responsible way to say farewell.
If you find yourself in this difficult position, animal shelters should be your last resort. Shelters should be reserved for stray and abused animals. There are several options available to help your pet avoid the stress of shelter life:
- Home To Home™ is an online interactive pet placement platform that helps pet owners find new homes (permanent or temporary) for their pets. Home To Home does not charge adoption or rehoming fees.
- Rehome by Adopt a Pet helps you safely find a loving forever home for your pet using the Adopt-a-Pet.com platform that is seen by millions of visitors each month. *Use coupon code RCXHAQTL2U8AD8Z to waive the listing fee for Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.
- Get Your Pet from one good home to another is an online pet adoption community where people who want to adopt a pet connect with people who need to rehome a dog or cat.
Increase your pet's adoptability by having them spayed/neutered, groomed and vaccinated.
Tell your friends, family, coworkers and social networks that your pet is looking for a new home. The more people who know you need help, the better your chances of finding your pet a new family. Consider creating a resume for your pet to post or hand out.
No one knows your pet better than you do! While interviewing potential adopters, be sure to share your expectations for your pet's new home and be sure to ask questions to identify a home that will be a good fit for your pet.
Alternatives & Resources
If you would like to keep your pet, but are struggling to address medical, behavioral, and other concerns, take a look at some of the resources below.
- Housing and Pets
Rental housing advertised as "pet friendly" allows pets who have not been designated as emotional support or service animals. The vast majority of pet policies for these properties have restrictions in place regarding the number of pets permitted in each unit as well as the type, breed or size of pet. Most properties also charge an extra deposit and/or monthly pet rent. With that said, some properties that are not advertised as being pet-friendly will accept pets on a case-by-case basis.
- While securing pet-friendly housing can be difficult, there are many actions you can take to boost your chances of finding a rental that will welcome your pets.
- We also recommend utilizing rental sites such as Apartment List or My Pit Bull is Family.org, which is a National searchable database for rental properties without breed or size restrictions.
- If your primary concern is a no pets policy, you may want to explore requesting a reasonable accommodation for your pet. According to the CDC, one in four Americans lives with a disability. See the assistance animals section above to determine if your pet meets the criteria for an emotional support or service animal.
Helpful Tips for Finding Dog Friendly Housing:
- Start your search as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of finding a rental that suits your needs.
- Be calm and understanding if the landlord says no to your dog initially. Your positive but persistent attitude will increase your chances of the landlord hearing your case.
- Create a pet resume that includes the points below (try canva.com for free resume templates you can modify for your pet):
- Your dog’s name and a warm photo of your dog. (Bonus points if you are together in the photo!)
- Any skills, professional training or funny personality quirks your dog has.
- Letters or quotes of recommendation from your current landlord, veterinarian, neighbors or trainers you’ve worked with.
- Your dog’s spay/neuter and vaccination status. You can obtain your pet's records at your vet's office.
- What you will do with your dog when you are not home, how your dog gets exercise and any other activities you enjoy together.
- Describe how you will care for the property: laying down rugs inside, picking up after your dog, crating him when you are away to prevent damage and ensuring he does not disturb other tenants by barking excessively.
- Offer the landlord a chance to meet your well-behaved dog, either in person or virtually via video. During the meeting, ask your dog to show off his best tricks.
- Purchase renters insurance (around $20/month) and let your landlord know in your application. (State Farm does not ask about breed for renters insurance.)
- If your pet acts as an assistance animal (either emotional support or service animal), the landlord may request documentation of your disability-related need for the animal.
- Financial Assistance for Veterinary Care
**Bow Wow Buddies Foundation
Grants up to $2500 for serious conditions, excluding preventative care, spay/neuter surgeries, dental work, ongoing treatments or end-of-life care. Online application required.
Brown Dog Foundation
Small organization with limited funding for life-saving emergency veterinary care only. Priority is given to pet families who have a veterinarian that they see regularly. Online application required.
Discount card for prescription pet medication.
Grants up to $1500 for emergency and specialty medical conditions that already have a diagnosis and treatment plan in place. Online application required.
Friends and Vets Helping Pets
Grants for pets with curable medical issues including broken bones and tumors. Online application required.
**The Mosby Foundation
Provides grants for dogs on a one-time basis for critical, non-emergency treatment that has not yet been performed. Online pre-application required.
Onyx & Breezy Foundation
Grants for veterinary care for families experiencing hardship. Must apply to Care Credit first.
PAWS 4 A Cure
Up to $500 grants for non-routine veterinary care for families experiencing hardship. Must apply to Care Credit first.
Pet Assistance, Inc.
Grants for longtime pet owners whose companion animals have been diagnosed with an urgent or life-threatening medical issue. Online application required.
Pets of the Homeless
Provides pet food, grants for urgent veterinary care and other support services for homeless pet families.
Grants around $250 provided for urgent veterinary care. Must have a diagnosis and treatment plan already in place. Online application required.
**Funding is available for dogs only
Credit card company for healthcare and veterinary care.
Instant decision on loans of up to $250 for 30 days, and proven borrowers up to $1,000.
Web-based veterinary financing service.
Wells Fargo Health Advantage
Credit card for vet care (apply online).
- Behavior Issues
Bark Buster Home Dog Training
(877) 500-BARK (2275)
K9 Learning Center
PetSmart Dog Training
1042 Fairplain Dr
Benton Harbor, MI 49022