Are you looking to rehome your pet? 

There are many reasons people find themselves needing to rehome their pet. Sometimes things happen in life that are beyond our control.  If you are considering rehoming your pet, please give us a call so we can help you through your decision making process. Sometimes guidance, assistance, and intervention can help keep your pet in your home. If it's a behavioral issue, we may be able to offer professional advice. If it's a temporary loss of wages, we may be able to assist with food. 

But, sometimes you may find yourself with no other choice and are ultimately unable to keep your pet. If so, we recommend you look into rehoming him or her yourself because let's face it, you know your pet better than anyone else. The shelter is a very stressful environment for even the most well-adjusted dog and should be used as a last resort. 

Where to start? 

We strongly recommend This is a great website to assist you with rehoming your pet yourself. The website has great support, it’s easy to use, there is no fee to you.


You can also click the link to Rehome Adopt a Pet and start posting your pet. It's a safe alternative to "Free to Good Home" postings and has tools to assist you in the process. There is no fee to you and the adoption fee will help animals in our shelter and community.





We also recommend using as a search engine to identify rescue groups. Just scroll to the bottom of the page and click on “search adoption organizations” under Pet Adoption. You can use this by searching using your zip code or town. Every organization closest to you will be provided along with contact information and every page you click through will get further and further away. This website is used by most animal welfare organizations, shelters and foster-based groups.

We recommend that you come up with a bio to provide to each organization that you contact. This should include:

  • a photo,
  • his/her name,
  • age,
  • sex, spay/neuter status,
  • reason for rehoming,
  • where you got him/her from,
  • how long you have had your pet,
  • any health issues or lack of, and
  • her personality traits.

This may save you from repeating the same information over and over again.

Hamilton Residents

If you have exhausted all alternatives, Hamilton Residents may surrender their pets to the Hamilton Township Animal Shelter by appointment only. There is a $100 surrender fee (which may be waived at the discretion of our Director in the event of financial hardship or extenuating circumstances). Please call the shelter to discuss your pet, your situation, and to schedule an appointment. 609-890-3555