Why take your pet to a shelter when you can re-home them instead? Shelters can be stressful for your pet and can take a toll on their health, behavior and overall well-being. So if you have to surrender your pet try avoiding the shelter altogether by using our new re-homing website, where you can try to find a new home for your pet all on your own.
Is there anything we can do to help you keep your pet? If so, please reach out to our Pet Resource Center here.





Instructions for our Rehoming Page

Make sure you pet is healthy. Make sure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and spayed or neutered. In order to place your pet on our re-homing website we will ask for proof of spay/neuter and vaccination records.

We offer a special $50 spay/neuter and vaccination package for our rehoming clients. Be sure to ask about it when the re-homing coordinator contacts you.

Give yourself time. Finding the right new home for your pet will take some time.


Posting Your Pet Online!

Head to the re-homing website to get started. Fill in all of the questions on the application. Once you post your pet through our re-homing website we will screen the request.

The SPCA of Texas will try to review your application within 72 hours. A representative from the SPCA of Texas will then contact you for a brief consultation on the re-homing process.

Once your request is approved and you consultation is complete, you will receive a notification email and your pet will be posted online for the public to see.


Posts should include:

A photo! Uploading a digital photo of your pet is required. Please make sure the photo is low resolution.
Make your pet stand out with an interesting and flattering description. Be truthful and recognize your pet’s strengths and weaknesses. Try writing from your pet’s point of view.

EXAMPLE: “Hi, I’m Jack. I’m a free spirit that loves to exercise and play.”

Be sure to include your pet’s type personality and be clear about your pet’s preferences. Remember the more information you provide, the more likely you are to find a better match for your pet.

Include all relevant contact information. Please be prepared to receive emails or phone calls from people interested in adopting your pet.


ReHoming Tips:

Be sure to screen potential adopters. Ask questions to ensure you find your pet a good, permanent and safe home. Have a conversation with potential adopters and ask some key questions like:

  • Is this pet for you or someone else?
  • Is it okay to have pets in your home/apartment/condo?
  • Do you have any current pets?
  • Do you have any children?

Keep the information up-to-date. In order to keep the site fresh, each animal you post for re-homing will be removed from display after 30 days. In order to keep your pet’s profile active or remove a post, you must contact the administrator at ReHome@spca.org.


Meet and Greet!

Give your pet a chance to meet the potential adopter and observe them with your pet. Be sure to meet in a safe place, such as your local PetSmart. Here are some things to pay attention to:

  • How the person interacts with your pet.
  • Did they bring additional people (kids)? Is everyone there who needs to be?
  • Ask additional questions- be sure they aren’t going to sell your pet.

If you aren’t okay with the interaction and have doubts then don’t proceed with the adoption and keep looking for a new owner.


Completing the Re-Homing Process!

Once you have selected a new home for your pet, then prepare the pet and gather materials for the new owner. Meet at an agreed-upon time and place, such as your local PetSmart, and be sure to:

  • Document that you transferred ownership and materials with the transfer of ownership form (This will be emailed to you once your request is approved on our website).
  • Provide the new owner with all veterinary records.
  • Take toys, beds, food, medications, etc. so the pet is comfortable
  • Get the new owner’s contact information so you can obtain an update, if you’d like.
  • Provide the person with any behavioral information she or will need.


*If you decide to surrender your pet to the SPCA of Texas, you need to submit the request online here so you are added to our wait-list.



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SPCA of Texas Voices

"I'm absolutely in LOVE with Kitty (formerly Kaleigh). I know her name isn't original at all but I just started calling her that until I could think of a name and it just stuck - it's so her! I've attached two photos - she's seriously the most beautiful kitty in the world! She loves to steal tennis balls and bones from her dog sister - she thinks she's a dog! She enjoys going for walks and car rides, snuggling with mom, bird watching, drinking from the sink, playing with her pipe cleaners and getting into mom's makeup in the mornings. I couldn't 'imagine life without her. She's the absolute best!"

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