Finding 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. PAWS is here to provide caring advice and resources for people who are searching for a new home for their companion animal. 

Increase its adoptability and spread the word

The following are some tips to try to re-home your pet before surrendering it to the 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 PAWS re-homing service, which gives pet owners the ability to be in control of the re-homing process and it's simple to use! Set up a pet profile, and interested people apply. PAWS will review every profile and re-homing request to prevent abuse to make our service a safer alternative to other online marketplaces. To post your pet on our site please complete the FORM

  • 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. PAWS is here for you if you need to surrender your pet. 

Pets looking for a new home

This is a service PAWS offers pet owners to help them re-home their pets. These pets are not under the care of PAWS and therefore we cannot offer any information regarding the pets nor do we assume any responsibility.


Prospective adopters must contact the pet owner listed on the pet’s profile page for further information.