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Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet is a nonprofit home to home adoption program. We connect your pet to millions of interested adopters and help them find a new home. All while making the process smoother, safer, and less stressful for you, the pet owner.

  1. Create a profile for your pet.
  2. Screen interested adopter's applications.
  3. Meet and Greet with applicants.
  4. Choose an adopter and finalize the adoption!

Visit our page here to learn more:

https://rehome.adoptapet.com/how-it-works

Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet is a free program thanks to our sponsor at The Petco Foundation. Completing the adoption through our program is the only requirement for finding your pet a loving home. Why? Finalizing your pet's adoption with Rehome legally guarantees the safety of your pet and yourself.

Adoption fees range between $15-$129 depending on your pet. Rest assured that 100% of the fee will go to a local shelter or rescue that referred you to Rehome. As a nonprofit organization, Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet is committed to supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations in their important work. This is why we feel strongly about donating 100% of your pet’s adoption fee.

Adoption fees serve several purposes:

  • They help ensure that the adopter understands and is able to meet, the financial responsibilities of owning a pet.
  • They also prevent “bunchers” (people who acquire pets from “Free to Good Home” ads and sell them to medical research laboratories) from getting their hands on your pet.
  • Charging an adoption fee also aims to weed out people who might be looking for a free animal to use as a fighting dog, or as bait for fighting dogs.

As a nonprofit Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet is insistent on donating 100% of the fee. This helps us keep disreputable breeders from abusing our program, as well as, supporting animal shelters and rescue organizations in their important work. Please, rest assured that the fees collected from your pet’s adopter will be extremely appreciated by the animal welfare organizations they go to support, and the funds will be used to help other animals in need. Your cooperation with this policy is crucial in helping this program survive.

There is no precise answer. Pets have been adopted within days, weeks or months of being posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com. Some pets have been adopted within days, inquired about but never adopted, and some that have never had an inquiry.

Trends we’ve found:

  • Dogs tend to have a higher chance of being adopted over cats.
  • Younger pets tend to get more inquiries than older pets.
  • The more detailed the profile, the better! (i.e. Post good photos, videos, and stories to showcase a pet's personality!)

Tip: The sooner you can get your pet’s profile posted to our website, the more opportunity there is for us to spread the word about your pet by posting his/her profile on partner websites and in our daily pet alert emails.

We are unable to upload pets other than cats and dog right now. We are working to automatically upload them in the future. Please search for a rescue nearby who may have room to foster. https://www.adoptapet.com/animal-shelters

Please review this article for steps to take when finding a pet.

After reporting and waiting for the ordered amount of time required by your city you can then post to Rehome.

Sadly, we most likely cannot help. The rehoming process through Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet program is one that takes, at the minimum, several days.

If you absolutely cannot keep your pet while we help you find a new home for him or her, here are some options to consider:

  1. Ask your friends and family if any of them are able to provide a temporary home for your pet while we work together to find a permanent home.
  2. If you can afford it, keep your pet at a boarding facility during this time.
  3. Call your veterinarian’s office and let them know about your situation. See if they have anything to suggest. Sometimes a vet can provide boarding; other times they may know of a family looking to adopt another pet.
  4. Contact rescue organizations in your area to see if any have room for your pet. You can find a list here. A few things to keep in mind: Many rescue organizations don’t take pets from owners, only from public animal shelters. Also, most rescues do not have a facility; they rely on a network of foster homes, most of which are usually full. Most rescuers also have “day jobs” and may not be able to respond to a call or an email immediately. It’s very expensive for rescuers to care for pets, so it may help if you can offer a donation to a rescue, or offer to pay for your pet’s care until a home is found. Tip: if your pet is a specific breed, look for rescues that specialize in that breed. Google can also be helpful with this.
  5. As a last resort, relinquish your pet to an open-admission shelter. Your first choice should be a private shelter, like an SPCA or humane society, where they may be able to keep your pet for a longer period of time. Your absolute last choice should be a public municipal shelter, where an overabundance of people relinquishing pets means overcrowded conditions and pets only having a short time to find a home before being euthanized to make room for others coming in.

Please search our database here to find local shelters and/or rescues who may be able to help.

Your pet's profile will be live until your pet is adopted. Which is why it is very important to complete your adoption paperwork. Other applicants might miss out on adoptable pets waiting to hear a response from you.

Unfortunately, Rehome is for finding pets permanents homes. Boarding your pets, see if a friend, family member or vet can watch your pet are great ideas. There is also support for owners who might have certain dilemmas i.e. housing issues, military deployment, or those who encounter natural disasters. Google is usually best when searching for these organizations.

Please visit our get started page here (rehome.adoptapet.com) to learn more about the program and what you should expect. When you are ready, click the get started button to create an account.

Please log in at https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login and select the pet profile box on your overview page.

Once you have created an account please make sure you are logged in at https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login and then go here (https://rehome.adoptapet.com/mypets/add-another-pet) to create another profile. If you would like your pets to be adopted together please choose the bonded pair option upon onboarding.

On desktop: If you log in to your dashboard in the top right corner will be the pic of your pet with their name. Please select this photo to view your other pet's profile.

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On mobile/tablet: Please select the hamburger menu and press switch.

Mobile/Tablet: https://www.useloom.com/share/087231a12a1b44aebc36490a6e2d1d06

Once logged in to your dashboard select pet profile > photos. You will be taken to an area with four boxes. From here click the box to upload a new photo.

Tip: Use a photo editor to crop photos in a square this will make your main pic stand out! You can also brighten photos too!

Your photo may have encountered an error try deleting (click the X) one photo and re-adding it to the box on your dashboard. https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login > pet profile > photo

Videos are hosted on YouTube. When uploading a video file you will see the box say Video Uploaded! Please be patient as it may take some time to appear in the box and on the profile.

Make sure you are not over the character limit & clicking the save button near the bottom of the page.

Being honest and providing as much information about your pet is recommended. You should explain what type of adopter you want for your pet, what your pet’s personality is and what your pet really needs. Always be honest about any medical needs and behavioral issues. Not disclosing these issue can be problematic. Remember that you want to find potential adopters that are qualified and ready to provide your pet with a home where they can be happy, safe and loved. Giving potential adopters all the detail they need will help them determine if they are a good fit before taking the steps to apply.

Do’s:

  • Our research shows pet listing photos that are a close-up of the pet’s face are clicked on more often than shots taken farther away. HOWEVER especially if you and all your other nearby shelters and rescues are all using face closeup shots, all pets start to look the same. Try mixing it up and see what works for you and your pets! Dogs with long noses try profile shots, dogs showing their bellies or running happily, cats jumping up for a toy or curled up next to a person.
  • Put a colorful bandana or collar on the pet.
  • Place a toy in the photo with the pet.
  • Take the photo with grass or light solid-color fabric as the entire background.
  • Have a smiling person petting, sitting next to, or holding the pet. Even just a person's hands in the photo will show the pet is friendly with people, and also show a pet's size.
  • Take the photo outside in indirect sunlight (cloudy day or in solid shade) or in the brightest indoor spot.
  • Use treats or a toy to get the pet to look right into the camera.
  • Run dogs around until they are panting – it makes them look like they are “smiling”.

Don'ts:

  • Have the pet pictured behind bars (this makes the pet look scary & makes shelters seem like a sad place to visit).
  • Be dark or gloomy.
  • Be blurry, out of focus, or not have the pet shown clearly.
  • Tip: You should take the photos using the LOWEST resolution on your digital camera. They will still look great on the internet (which only shows low resolution images) and will load much faster to any site you post them on because they are smaller files!
  1. Answer all questions & review all applications in a timely manner.
  2. Interested in an applicant? Select the meet & greet button to set up a call/video to chat to see if they would be a good fit for your pet. (Check out our screening advice below for what questions to ask.)
    Not Interested? Select politely decline to notify those you are not interested in meeting.
  3. Setup a public meet and greet with the applicants entire household (pets and children included).
  4. Complete the adoption paperwork before saying goodbye to your pet. Ensuring that the adopter pays their fee and signs their contract through the link provided by Rehome before giving your pet to the adopter.

Tip: After the meet & greet go home and sleep on the decision and complete the paperwork before the handoff of your pet. Saying goodbye to your pet can be emotional. You'll want to make sure everything is taken care of beforehand.

Those interested will need to fill out an adoption application to show their interest. We hide all personal information on the pet's profile for the safety of yourself and the pet.

Questions will be in your inbox on your dashboard. Select inbox > questions. Log in at https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login.

Answers will be in your inbox on your dashboard. Select inbox > applications.. Log in at https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login.

Not yet. We ask that you use the application and questions below in "What questions should I ask when screening the applicant?" to better research the applicant. Don't forget that using an internet search engine for their phone number and email address are always a good idea. Especially looking into their social media accounts. This will really tell of their personality and paint a better picture.

First, some general info: we asked several rescuers what they look for in an adoption application. The number one answer: the feeling that the applicant thinks of their pets as part of the family, and cares for them responsibly. Some important clues are: previous pets have lived long lives, if other pets at home are spayed or neutered and up-to-date on shots, and that pets live in the house, even when alone, not in the yard or the garage.

Great answers are anything that has to do with love or companionship. If someone wants a companion for his or her other animal, that can be fine, but ask follow-up questions to make sure that if your pet doesn’t become best playmates with the existing pet, your pet won’t be given away or relinquished to an animal shelter.

If the answer is “I want my children to learn responsibility”, or “I’m adopting a pet for my child”, please ask questions about the parents’ intention to take responsibility for your pet’s care when their child loses interest or becomes too busy to handle daily walks/feeding/litter box cleaning, etc. Many pets are relinquished to shelters for just this reason.

“As a gift” is another answer that requires further questioning. Is the gift for someone in the same household, like a spouse or a child? In that case, make sure that the recipient is aware of the gift, and that the person who filled out the application is willing to take responsibility for the pet’s care. If they’re not, the gift recipient should be the one to fill out the application. If the gift is for someone outside of the household, the recipient should absolutely be the person to fill out the application. After all, your pet will potentially be living in their home, so you’ll want to know all you can about them!

If the answer is “to mate with my other dog”, “as a guard dog”, or anything else that makes you uncomfortable, go no further.

For dog owners, if you know your dog needs a big backyard for playtime between walks, or your dog barks when left alone, an apartment-dweller may not be the best adopter. That said, committed dog owners who live in an apartment or condo often bring their dogs to dog daycare while they’re at work. Others are allowed to bring their dogs to work. These are some great things to ask about.

If the adopter lives in a home, ask about the backyard. Will your dog ever be left alone in the yard and, if so, for how long? Ask about the security of the backyard fence, and ask for photos or a video tour so you can make sure it looks safe and secure.

The most important thing here is to make sure that, if the applicant rents their home, that they have permission to have a pet like yours in their home. Please call the landlord to verify. This is so important; many pets end up in shelters because their well-meaning adopter erroneously thought they could hide their new dog or cat from their landlord, or they just didn’t realize they weren’t allowed to have pets in their rental home. Many rentals that do allow pets require a monetary pet deposit; make sure the adopter is prepared to pay that fee. Some have restrictions on the type or size of pets allowed. Bottom line: ask questions.

This one is pretty obvious. If your pet is good with kids, and you decide to move forward with an in-person meeting, ask the adopters to bring their kids with them. Then, observe the way the kids interact with your pet. Just as importantly, observe the way the parents guide them. Do they let their kids treat your pet roughly? If they intervene, are they kind to their children, or do they yell at them? You can tell a lot about how someone will treat a pet by the way they treat their children.

Also, watch how your pet reacts to the children. Pets often give off subtle signs of nervousness or discomfort, such as lip licking or yawning, or not-so-subtle signs, like actually trying to avoid the children.

If your pet isn’t good with kids, and the adopter has them, go no further.

If your pet isn’t good with other animals, obviously you’re looking for a pet-free home (or a home belonging to an expert professional behaviorist who simply won’t give up).

If your pet is good with other animals, and the adopter’s pets are good with the type of animal you’re rehoming, you’re probably in good shape. All that’s left is the introduction to make sure that they do, indeed get along.

If there’s any uncertainty, you’ll want to do a careful introduction (for dogs), or make sure that the adopter is comfortable doing an introduction at home for cats (which might not happen until after the adoption, and must be done very slowly). Please see the FAQ titled “Should the adopter bring their children and other pets to the in-person meeting?” for more advice, and for links to articles detailing proper introduction techniques.

These questions are meant to help determine if the applicant is a responsible pet owner. There’s no better indicator of future behavior than current or past behavior.

If your pet is spayed or neutered, but the adopter’s current pets are not, be aware that unaltered pets can be more prone to territorialism and aggression.

Please note that heartworm preventive is really important in some regions of North America. Heartworm is caused by a certain type of mosquito, which is more prevalent in some areas than others. Still heartworm preventive is a good idea, no matter where you live.

If the applicant’s current pets aren’t up-to-date on shots, on heartworm preventive, or spayed/neutered, we’ve given them a space to explain why. Indeed, there are medical conditions that prevent some animals from being safely altered or vaccinated. Also, relating to vaccines, some people choose to do titer testing, rather than annual booster shots. Titer tests determine whether your pet still has immunity to a disease. Note that in most areas, rabies vaccines are mandatory, whereas other vaccines are not.

Most likely, your pet is spayed or neutered, but it bears saying anyway: never adopt an unaltered pet to a home with other unaltered pets!

According to the animal rescuers we spoke with, this is perhaps the most important question on the application. Read this one carefully, and don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions.

Good signs: The applicant’s pets lived a long life. If not, they died of an unavoidable illness, like cancer. The owner provided veterinary care. The applicant speaks lovingly of their former pets and expresses that they were part of the family. A nice, detailed answer in this field, rather than just a word or two. Previous adoption of shelter pets.

Red flags: Pets died of something preventable, like heartworm. Pets were killed by cars. More than one pet was lost (as in literally got lost and weren’t recovered), ran away, or was stolen. Pets were given away, whether to friends, family members, or strangers.

This question just gives you a basic idea of the applicant. Please do not use this to discriminate against someone due to age! Retirees can make amazing pet parents, as they have time and love to give, and many retirees are extremely fit and active. We’ve also known many wonderful pet guardians who adopted during college. The key is to make sure they understand the commitment they’re making and to require proof that they’re allowed to have pets where they live.

Acceptable answers to this question vary by the pet. You know your pet best. So many different factors play into what will make your pet happy in their new home, including but not limited to the type of pet, pet's age, energy level, environment, training, daily exercise, other pets in the home.

Where people keep their pets is as diverse as the people on this planet! Some people believe pets should never come inside their home, others think it would be cruel to have pets not sleep on the bed with them at night. When looking at responses to this question, consider what your pet is used to and happy with, and what would make him happy in his new home. If the response is simply "inside, be sure to ask where "inside" is -- is that anywhere inside their home, inside a garage, or inside a crate in the kitchen? For cats, while we advocate for keeping cats safely indoors-only, if your cat was an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat, be sure the family is willing to keep the cat completely enclosed for 30 days, the time most rescuers tell us it takes for a cat's internal compass to reset to a new location. Other pets, too, can be more likely to roam from a new home, so keep that in mind as you consider the answers to this question.

The only answer you need to be really concerned about here is “no”. Even if your pet has always been super well-behaved with you, or is totally housetrained, there’s always a chance that new behaviors will surface as part of the transition to the new home. If the answer is “Yes, but I need guidance” as a follow-up question, ask how they plan to get the guidance they need. It’s a good idea to encourage them to seek out positive–reinforcement methods like clicker training (as opposed to punishment-based methods, which can cause trust issues between owner and pet).

Let’s face it: as you know, sometimes there really are extenuating circumstances that cause someone to give up a beloved companion animal. Use your best judgment on this one. If the applicant states that they would have to give up this pet if he or she bit their young child, that may be an acceptable answer for you. But answers like “having accidents in the house” or “chewing belongings” can indicate a lack of commitment to making it work when minor problems arise. Especially since your pet is going through a change of home right now, it’s important to be as sure as you can be that the next situation will be a permanent one.

Make sure this answer matches the degree of activity your particular dog needs. If you’re adopting out a senior citizen, he or she may not need or want much exercise beyond just a spin around the block. But if you’re adopting out a really high-energy dog like a Jack Russell terrier mix or an intelligent highly-driven dog like an Australian Shepherd, your dog will require a lot of activity in order to avoid frustration behaviors like barking or destroying household items.

The answer to this should ALWAYS be a no. If they’re considering it, it could be because they’re not aware of the implications of declawing. Please read (and direct your adopter to) this article and this one to learn just how awful it is to be a declawed kitty.

If the applicant doesn’t provide an answer to this question because he or she insists that this would never happen, push for one anyway. Things happen. You want to be assured that there’s a humane plan for rehoming your pet in the event of an emergency. Above all, the applicant should not plan to relinquish the pet to an animal shelter. Specific friends or family members are good; using the Adopt-a-Pet rehoming program is also good.

First, some general info: we asked several rescuers what they look for in an adoption application. The number one answer: the feeling that the applicant thinks of their pets as part of the family, and cares for them responsibly. Some important clues are: previous pets have lived long lives, if other pets at home are spayed or neutered and up-to-date on shots, and that pets live in the house, even when alone, not in the yard or the garage.

This question just gives you a basic idea of the applicant. Please do not use this to discriminate against someone due to age! Retirees can make amazing pet parents, as they have time and love to give, and many retirees are extremely fit and active. We’ve also known many wonderful pet guardians who adopted during college. The key is to make sure they understand the commitment they’re making, and to require proof that they’re allowed to have pets where they live.

If your pet needs a certain amount of exercise it is good to try and match that trait with the person or family that may be adopting your pet. There is no hard and fast rule with matching here. We recommend taking notes if there is a concern and asking more questions when you have a conversation with the potential adopter.

Acceptable answers to this question vary by pet. You know your pet best. So many different factors play into what will make your pet happy in their new home, including but not limited to the type of pet, pet's age, energy level, environment, training, daily exercise, other pets in the home.

When looking at responses to this question, consider what your pet is used to and happy with, and what would make him happy in his new home. If the response is simply "inside', be sure to ask where "inside" is -- is that anywhere inside their home, inside a garage, or inside a crate in the kitchen?

For cats, while we advocate for keeping cats safely indoors-only, if your cat was an outdoor or indoor/outdoor cat, be sure the family is willing to keep the cat completely enclosed for 30 days, the time most rescuers tell us it takes for a cat's internal compass to reset to a new location. Other pets, too, can be more likely to roam from a new home, so keep that in mind as you consider the answers to this question.

Great answers are anything that has to do with love or companionship. If someone wants a companion for his or her other animal, that can be fine, but ask follow-up questions to make sure that if your pet doesn’t become best playmates with the existing pet, your pet won’t be given away or relinquished to an animal shelter.

If the answer is “I want my children to learn responsibility”, or “I’m adopting a pet for my child”, please ask questions about the parents’ intention to take responsibility for your pet’s care when their child loses interest or becomes too busy to handle daily walks/feeding/litter box cleaning, etc. Many pets are relinquished to shelters for just this reason.

“As a gift” is another answer that requires further questioning. Is the gift for someone in the same household, like a spouse or a child? In that case, make sure that the recipient is aware of the gift, and that the person who filled out the application is willing to take responsibility for the pet’s care. If they’re not, the gift recipient should be the one to fill out the application. If the gift is for someone outside of the household, the recipient should absolutely be the person to fill out the application. After all, your pet will potentially be living in their home, so you’ll want to know all you can about them!

If the answer is “to mate with my other dog”, “as a guard dog”, or anything else that makes you uncomfortable, go no further.

For dog owners, if you know your dog needs a big backyard for playtime between walks, or your dog barks when left alone, an apartment-dweller may not be the best adopter. That said, committed dog owners who live in an apartment or condo often bring their dogs to dog daycare while they’re at work. Others are allowed to bring their dogs to work. These are some great things to ask about.

If the adopter lives in a home, ask about the backyard. Confirm the security of the backyard fence, and ask for photos or a video tour so you can make sure it looks safe and secure.

We ask potential adopters to make sure they are allowed to have pets in their homes. If the applicant rents their home or owns a condo with an HOA, they may need permission to have a specific breed like yours in their home. Feel free to clarify this with the potential adopter.

If your pet is good with kids, and you decide to move forward with an in-person meeting, ask the adopters to bring their kids with them. Observe the way the kids interact with your pet, and the way the parents guide them. Do they let their kids mistreat your pet? If they intervene, are they kind to their children, or do they yell at them? You can tell a lot about how someone will treat a pet by the way they treat their children.

Also, watch how your pet reacts to the children. Pets often give off subtle signs of nervousness or discomfort, such as lip licking or yawning, or not-so-subtle signs, like actually trying to avoid the children.

If your pet isn’t good with kids, and the adopter has them, go no further and politely decline their application.

If your pet isn’t good with other animals, you’re looking for a pet-free home.

If your pet is good with other animals, and the adopter’s pets are good with the type of animal you’re rehoming, you’re probably in good shape. All that’s left is the introduction to make sure that they do, indeed get along.

If there’s any uncertainty, you’ll want to do a careful introduction (for dogs), or make sure that the adopter is comfortable doing an introduction at home for cats (which might not happen until after the adoption, and must be done very slowly). Please see the FAQ titled, “Should the adopter bring their children and other pets to the in-person meeting?” (LINK Anchored) for more info.

A public place is a must. We have heard horror stories and want to make sure you, your household and pets are always safe! A pet-friendly store is a perfect, safe place to meet. A veterinarian’s office can also be a good option, but make sure you make an appointment first.

If your pet is a dog, you may be tempted to hold your meeting at a dog park, but this isn’t recommended. Your dog will be distracted by the sights, smells, and sounds of other dogs that he might not be able to concentrate on the potential adopter. It’s important to observe your dog’s body language around the adopter so you can tell if this is a good match, so keeping distractions to a minimum is a good idea.

If your pet is a cat, a pet-friendly store can also be a great place to meet. No matter what, ALWAYS bring your cat in a carrier, and always conduct the meeting indoors. A nervous cat can bolt. If you can find a safe, enclosed room to meet in, open your cat’s carrier and see if he or she wants to come out. As you know, cats are not always comfortable in strange surroundings and may want to hide, so cat meetings are by nature more challenging than dog meetings. Do your best to balance the need of the person to meet the cat with the cat’s need for safety.

After you screened, met and chose an adopter, it's time to make everything official!

Steps to complete adoption:

  1. Log in here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login.
  2. Go here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/mypets/messages.
  3. Click applications and look for the adopter's name.
  4. Click the blue 'complete adoption' button.
  5. HelloSign will pop up in a new window.
  6. Scroll up and click the blue 'get started' button.
  7. Choose one of the options in case the adoption doesn't work out.
  8. Select 'click to sign'.
  9. Type or sign your name.
  10. Click the blue insert everywhere.
  11. Click the blue continue button.
  12. Select the blue 'I agree' button at the top to complete.

After completed we'll send a copy to the adopter's inbox for them to pay the adoption fee and transfer of ownership. Once completed by the adopter you both will receive a congrats email in your inboxes. Do NOT hand off your pet until you receive the congrats email.

After you've gone home from the meet and greet and decided on an adopter, let them know your decision ASAP! You'll want to arrange to drop-off between yourself and the adopter. Make sure the location is safe. If your pet has a favorite toy or bedding make sure it goes along too.

We recommend having adopters who found your pet outside of Rehome still fill out an application and complete the adoption through Rehome. You never know what will happen to your pet after an adoption. With a legally binding contract, you can be at ease knowing the adopter is a good fit and will provide a loving home.

The best thing you can do to help your pet get settled into the new home is to give the new owner as much information about him or her as you can. Prepare a document with as much of the following as you can provide, and anything else you can think of:

  • Known likes and dislikes: Does your pet like to be touched a certain way? Does he growl when his feet are brushed? Does your cat refuse to be picked up and held?
  • Current diet and feeding schedule: The new owner is free to change your pet’s diet, of course, but they should try to keep everything the same for at least a few weeks. Changing environment and being without you will be stressful enough, and may cause digestive issues. Adding a change of diet to the mix can multiply that.
  • Activity preferences and schedule: Do you walk your dog one mile, twice a day? Is he or she used to just having a bit of playtime in the backyard? Does your cat get cranky unless you play with her and tire her out? Make sure you let the new owner know, so your pet can continue to get what he or she needs (and won’t be expected to do too much, if they’re not used to much activity).
  • Commands: What tricks or commands does your pet know, and what are the exact words or hand motions needed to evoke the behavior?
  • Litter box preferences (cats): Have you discovered any quirkiness in your kitty’s litter box-using habits? Does she need complete privacy? Does she prefer a certain brand or type of litter?
  • It’s also nice to send along any remaining food you have, as well as your pet’s favorite bed, toys, litterbox, leash, carrier, etc. Those items are familiar and may help to ease the transition. Help adopters to safely introduce your pet to their existing pets.

If you do not upload vet records to your pet's profile please hand-off all the records you have to the adopter. An easier method would be to gather the adopter's vet's info and have your vet transfer the records to them.

When completing the adoption contract you selected one of two options: you want the pet returned to you (or you at least want to be notified and given the option of taking the pet back), or you want the new owner to find the pet a good home. The adoption contract we supply to you will reflect your preference. In the case of the latter, the adoption contract requires the new owner to exhaust all available options (including using the Adopt-a-Pet.com rehoming service) before relinquishing the pet to an animal shelter.

This step will remove your entire account. If you are looking to hide your profile please ask the Rehome team to do for you.

Steps to permanently delete a pet's profile:

  1. Click and log in to https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login.
  2. Go here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/mypets/delete-pet.
  3. Please confirm that you would like to delete your pet profile by clicking the box that says, "Yes, please delete my pet profile from Adopt-a-Pet.com.".
  4. Select why you want to delete your pet profile. (If you found an adopter through our program please select the first option, "My pet was adopted using Adopt-a-Pet.com". We will ask you to sign a legal transfer of ownership to ensure the safety of yourself and your pet. As well as, collect a small donation from the adopter to make sure they can financially care for your pet. 100% is donated will help save other pet's lives!).
  5. Click the green submit button.

Thank you for using Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com!

Please log in to your account here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login and select the "Activate Previous Pet Profile" button.

Please reset your password here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/password/email. You will receive an email. Please select the button inside the email and log in below the access denied message.

If creating an account, this would mean your email address is already in use. Please log in and pick up where you left off.

Most likely the Rehome team is still reviewing your pet's profile & it will be published shortly. Please allow 1-2 business days for review.

Most likely the Rehome team is still reviewing your pet's profile & it will be published shortly.

Currently, Rehome is only in the United States. If you are in the US and your zip code comes up invalid try entering a neighboring zip code.

Usually, your pet will go live on Adopt-a-Pet.com within 1-2 business day or sooner. You will receive an email alert when your pet is published. We get an increase of pets during weekends and thus it can take a bit longer to publish. We thank you for your patience!

To view your application please log in here: https://rehome.adoptapet.com/auth/login.

You'll want to then click the inbox box on your overview page or you can click inbox at the top and click applications. You'll want to select 'view application' next to the applicant's name. Then read over this applicant and decide whether you're interested in the applicant or not.

Not Interested?

Please click 'politely decline'. This will send a nice message to the applicant to let them know you've decided to not go forward with their application. We ask that you alert the applicant ASAP to help them move on and save other homeless pets that need forever homes! *Please keep in mind this will remove the app from your dashboard.

Interested?

Please select the 'meet and greet’ button. Doing so will display their email and phone # (click view). You'll then want to do a quick search on google, facebook and other sites to see if their name, email address, or number brings up any red flags. If not, great! Contact them ASAP. Don't wait too long, the applicant may lose interest in your pet and move on to adopt elsewhere if they don't hear a response. After you chat, it'll be time to set up a meet and greet in public. What's next? check out the section here under 'Handling Prospective Adopters' for a step by step guide on how to choose the perfect applicant and complete the adoption flow.

It will arrive soon. Thank you for your patience!

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