Rehoming doesn’t mean caring ends

In a perfect world, companion animals would spend their entire lives in one home. We strive to provide pet owners with the help and resources needed to resolve any pet issues they may be experiencing. In reality, however, there may be unforeseen circumstances that make it impossible for pets to stay with their families.

Sometimes it’s due to a military deployment, a behavioral, medical or financial issue, or because an owner has passed away. In those cases, we’re also there to help—without judgment—every step of the way.

There are several new resources for pet owners who find themselves in the heartbreaking situation of having to give up their pet. and are apps that give owners another outlet for rehoming without using an intermediary like a shelter. It gives pet owners the tools to find the perfect new home for their pet themselves. This humane option minimizes stress on pets by keeping them in their current homes until new ones can be found.

How it works: Both apps walk you through creating your pet’s profile, safely meeting interested parties and finalizing the adoption. Potential adopters can see your pet’s profile online and contact you to arrange a meeting to get to know your pet. You can then complete the adoption and legally transfer ownership. Among the benefits to programs like these are:

  • It’s a safe, no-cost way to rehome a pet and a much safer alternative than posting to online classifieds (please don’t do that);
  • The adoption fee can go directly to San Diego Humane Society or any other shelter, if you choose, to benefit other homeless animals in the area;
  • It gives pet owners the ability to hand-select their pet’s new home.

Relinquishing an animal can be a tough and heartbreaking experience. It also can be a gift of unconditional love to a new family. Regardless of what route a pet owner takes, we’re here to help every step of the way.