Rehoming and Adoption Return Services

Rehoming and Adoption Return Services

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we are committed to helping keep people and pets together 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 to guide you through this process. 

Resources to keep your pet
Our organization has a variety of resources available to community members to keep people and their pets together. We offer Pet Crisis Support, Pet Food Bank, and Pet Friendly Housing.

Adoption Returns
The Humane Society of Charlotte believes in a no-fault return. If you adopted your pet from our organization within the last 30 days and you need to return them, the first step is to submit a completed Adoption Return Form. A representative of HSC will follow up as soon as possible to schedule a time for them to be returned. For more information on our adoption return process, please see our Adoption Return FAQ.

Rehoming Your Pet
If you’re looking to rehome your pet,
private rehoming is a great option. Private rehoming is typically less stressful for the animal and prevents them from entering a shelter environment.

Below are some well-known resources to help individual pet owners rehome their pets:

Social media is also a great resource to use when privately rehoming your pet. Make sure to change your post’s privacy settings to “public” so everyone can see and share it.

Information to Include in Your Rehoming Post 

  • Pictures and videos to show their personality
  • 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 
  • Any special information you feel a potential adopter would need to know

The Humane Society of Charlotte is Here to Help

If privately rehoming your pet is not an option, and you would like to move forward with the process of surrendering your pet to HSC, please fill out the appropriate form below:

If you have any other questions, please see our Rehoming FAQ.

Please be aware that abandoning animals puts them at risk and is illegal. Any pet(s) abandoned on HSC property will be taken to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care & Control.