Rehoming Pets

Life can take surprising and difficult turns for all of us. Loss of a job, having to move, allergies, divorce, and even death sometimes results in a wonderful pet needing a new home. For those families or individuals with no other options than to rehome a pet, we are here to help by offering guidance to you. We encourage you to devote at least a month to finding a new home for your pet before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter. 
Home To Home

Tips for finding a new home for your pet

1. Talk to friends and family about adopting the pet from you. This is the most common method of adoption

2. Use resources such as Rehome (linked above), Home To Home (linked above), Craigslist, Facebook, etc to get the word out. Additionally, some rescue groups may allow you to advertise your pet on their website.

3. Club newsletters: If you are a member of a church, club, or group, ask if you can advertise in their newsletter or on their notice board.

4. Post flyers on bulletin boards of local businesses, veterinarians, and your workplace. Email a flyer to your friends and ask that they put it up on their workplace notice boards.

5. Use the screening tools below to prepare your pet for a possible new home

Preparing your pet for finding a new home

1. Prepare a history of “resume” of your pet including veterinary history, diet, exercise routine, experience with other animals, personality traits, favorite games/activities and behavior quirks or difficulties with certain situations. This will help you and the potential new owner determine if the pet is a good fit and ensures your pet is more likely to stay in their new home because challenges are understood in advance. Check out these bio writing practices from our friends at Philadelphia Animal Welfare Service. 

2. Allow your pet indoors so that he/she can learn better social manners.

3. Have your pet groomed or give him a bath. People are drawn to clean, well cared for pets.

4. Take a good picture to add to flyers and advertisements. Check out these tips and tricks for taking good photos.

5. Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and any overdue vaccines. A spayed or neutered pet will make him more desirable. You can apply for a low income spay or neuter voucher from our rescue partner, AAHA, here.

6. If you adopted the pet from a shelter or rescue group, contact them and ask if they can take the pet back or have other options to help you rehome the pet. Some groups have contracts which require that the animal be returned to them if you can no longer keep the pet

Things to include in advertising or flyer

1. Describe the appearance, size, and age of your pet

2. Include your pet’s name and a good photograph

3. Mention whether your pet is spayed or neutered

4. Describe his nature

5. Describe any limitations your pet may have regarding health and behavior (i.e. has lived with small children, not good with cats, etc.)

Ask Good Questions

Make sure to ask potential adopter about anything important to you. For example, do you care that your pet lives indoors? Make sure to ask where the adopter plans to house the pet. Do you care if they are updated on vaccines annually? Ask which veterinarian they use. Do you want them to have a fur brother or sister? Ask about the adopter's current pets. 

Finding a Rescue Group

If your dog or cat is purebred or looks like they might be (some rescues will take breed mixes as well), try contacting a breed rescue organization. Many of these groups will allow you to post your pet’s picture on their website. Some may even offer to provide a foster home.

Surrendering a Pet to the Shelter

If you are unable to re-home your pet after considerable effort, you can arrange to surrender your pet to Cabot Animal Support Services.

1. Call the shelter at (501)628-5900 or email the shelter at to schedule an appointment.

2. Be prepared to take about 30 minutes while at the shelter to answer questions about your pet. This will assist us in placing them in the best home possible.

3. Bring your ID with address or other proof of residency in our jurisdiction and a $30 owner surrender fee.

4. Bring all veterinarian and/or vaccination records

Surrendering your pet to our shelter means you are giving up all rights to that animal. We are not required to notify you of any development regarding health or status Nor, will we give the animal you surrendered special treatment over another animal. You may use our website for updates.