Rehoming Services

Rehoming Services

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we are committed to helping pet parents keep pets with their families whenever possible. We understand that sometimes this is not an option. The decision to rehome your pet is not an easy one, and we are here to support you. Below, you’ll find resources and assistance for you during this time. 

Rehoming Your Pet
If you’re looking to rehome your pet, we’ve compiled a few resources to help you through this process. Be sure to give yourself time to rehome your pet as it can take some time to find the right family for your pet. 

Pet Rehoming Websites
These pet rehoming websites are specifically designed to help individual pet owners rehome their pets on their own. 

Post on Social Media 

Facebook, Instagram, email lists, and NextDoor are great outlets to use when posting about your pet. Make sure to change the post’s privacy settings to “public” so everyone can see and share it. Search for pet rehoming groups in your area, such as Rehoming Pets in North Carolina. 

Information to Share When Marketing Your Pet 

  • Pet’s name 
  • Age, spay/neuter status, and vaccinations/health status 
  • If your pet gets along with other dogs, cats, or children 
  • Whether or not they are house trained 
  • Whether or not they are crate trained 
  • Any health or behavior issues 
  • Think about what makes your pet special, delightful, quirky, or fun 
  • Describe the ideal family or environment for your pet 
  • The neighborhood where your pet is located 

Market Your Pet by Showing Their Personality 

  • Pictures can say a thousand words. One of the best ways to capture the attention of a potential adopter is with a bright, in-focus photo that shows a bit of your pet’s personality. Think a cute head-tilt, playing fetch, snuggle time, or any other adorable moments that can highlight your pet’s adoptability. 
  • Talk it up! Writing a fun, engaging bio about your pet is the perfect opportunity to show potential adopters what makes your pet special and why they should consider adding your pet to their family. 

Adoption Screening
Here are a few things to consider as you rehome your pet: 

  • Asking for a veterinarian reference 
  • Collecting a rehoming fee 

Consider the following tips to increase your chances of successfully rehoming your pet: 

  • Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks to months to find the best home. 
  • Increase your pet’s adoptability by having it spayed or neutered, up to date on vaccines, behaviorally sound, and groomed. 
  • Utilize your social media and neighborhood apps to spread the word. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers to help. 
  • Use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask open-ended questions to screen potential adopters. 
  • Tell me about the other pets in your home? 
  • When the animal is home without you, where will it be? 
  • How will you manage any medical concerns that may arise? 
  • 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 upfront. 

Never Abandon Your Animal
Abandoning your animal puts their life at risk and is illegal. If you have run out of options, please click here to move on to the process of surrendering your animal by appointment