Why take your pet to a shelter when you can re-home them instead! Shelters can be very stressful for our pets and even the best shelters can take a toll on your pet’s health, behavior and overall well-being. So instead of taking your pet to a shelter, try to find the best new home for your pet using our re-homing website. Below you will find instructions for our re-homing website. Before you submit a request to surrender your pet to us, if time permits, please attempt to re-home your pet on your own.
Instructions for our Rehoming Page
Give yourself time! Finding the right new home for your pet may take some time.
Make sure your pet is healthy! Most people don’t want to take care of a sick or unhealthy animal so make sure your pet is in good health, up to date on immunizations and spayed or neutered. In order to place your animal on our re-homing website we will ask for proof of these. You may schedule both at our clinics here.
We offer a special $50 spay/neuter and vaccinationn package for our rehoming clients.
Posting Your Pet Online!
You can post your pet through our re-homing website and, once we screen the request, your pet will be available on our website through our Rehome Portal. Remember the more information you provide during this process, the better the match is likely to be between your pet and a new owner. Uploading a digital photo of your pet is required. The photo must be a low resolution.
Posts should include:
Make your pet stand out from the others using an interesting and a flattering description of your pet. Be truthful in the information you provide and recognize your pet’s strengths and weaknesses. These are some helpful tips and ideas:
Write 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 personality and be clear about your pet’s preferences. Also, be sure to include all relevant contact information.
The SPCA of Texas will try to review your application to post your pet within 72 hours; however, if there are questions regarding your request, a representative from the SPCA of Texas will contact you to ask questions or obtain clarification on your request before it is posted. Once your request is reviewed and approved, you will receive a notification email and your pet will be posted online for the public to see. Once the request is posted, please be prepared to receive emails or phone calls from people interested in adopting your pet.
In order to keep the site up-to-date and 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 email@example.com
Screen potential adopters! Ask questions and screen the potential adopters to ensure your pet makes it to 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?
Meet and Greet!
Give your pet a chance to meet the potential adopter and observe them with your pet. If you aren’t okay with the interaction, feel pressured or have doubts, don’t proceed! Continue looking for someone else. What you want is to see:
- 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!
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 and be sure to:
- Document that you transferred ownership and materials.
- Provide the new owner with all veterinary records.
- Take toys, beds, food, medications, etc. so the pet has these for comfort.
- 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 he 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.