Responsibly Re-home a Pet

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We recognize that there are many reasons why you may no longer be able to keep your pet, and know it is a heart-wrenching decision for a family. If you are a Clermont County resident facing hardship, please contact us to see if we can help. While we want to help residents and their pets who find themselves in this situation, please know that shelters can be a stressful environment for an animal, especially one that is used to living with a family. The best place for an animal is always in a home and we encourage you to try to re-home on your own before relinquishing your pet to the shelter.  

Listed below are some pro-active strategies you can use to increase your chances of success in rehoming a pet, (source:, and several sites that will help you in this endeavor.

First, prepare the animal for adoption. To increase the chances of finding a home and the success of the new placement, it is important that the pet is:

  • Spayed or neutered
  • In good health and up-to-date on vaccinations
  • Clean and groomed
  • House-trained and reasonably well-behaved

If your pet isn't spayed or neutered, have it done. We don't recommend placing an animal who has not been spayed/neutered into a new home. Doing so can result in unwanted litters, and neutered animals are less likely to show undesirable mating behaviors, such as mounting or howling. Puppies and kittens as young as eight weeks old can be spayed/neutered. For more information, please check the spay/neuter resource section of our website. 

Next, show your pet in the best light. If you want to catch a potential adopter's attention, this is where your pet needs to shine! Photos and descriptions really help people make a connection to an animal. Take several good-quality digital photos of your pet. Make sure your pet is well-groomed, is looking at the camera, and can be seen clearly in the photos. Then tell their story. Explain the circumstances leading to your need to surrender, and help the reader get to know your pet. Click here for some great tips from the pros at HeARTs Speak for writing your pet's bio.  

And finally, advertise widely. Get the word out, in as many places as possible, to increase your chances of success in finding a new home. Ask your friends and family to help get the word out but please screen applicants well, asking for a vet reference if they already have pets. Please educate yourself about the dangers of giving your pet awayto a stranger and never advertise an animal "Free to a Good Home".  

Here are some sites that will help you connect with prospective adopters and responsibly re-home your pet. 

  • Adopt-A-Pet North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website helps hundreds of thousands of pets be seen and adopted.

  • Get Your Pet An online community that connects people who want to adopt a pet with people who need to find their pet a new home.

  • How I Met My Dog Offers custom matching based on 30 levels of human and dog compatibility.