Supported Self Rehoming

"Supported Self-rehoming" is the term for finding a new home for your pet without bringing them to the shelter.

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Important Message: Our hope and ultimate goal is to keep you and your pet together.  A Strawberry Fields volunteer will be happy to assist you in order to do this.  We have provided these re-homing resources as a last resort.  If all else fails you can use these resources to re-home your pet or a Strawberry Fields volunteer will assist you in the re-homing process.

 

Deciding that your pet needs a new home is not an easy decision. Finding a home for your pet on your own and keeping them out of the shelter is beneficial to both your pet and others in need. This page is meant to be a resource to help you rehome your pet on your own or with help from a Strawberry Fields volunteer.  Strawberry Fields is here to support you and your pet.  We provide a judgement free zone.  Please don't hesitate to reach out for help.

Self Rehoming Websites
Please contact us at info@sfanimalrescueil.org if you need assistance using these platforms

GetYourPet.com

  • Pet owner listing fee: none but can boost for a small fee

  • Adoption Fee: $199 for a dog and $49 for a cat

  • Audience: nationwide

  • Who manages pet profile: you create it and getyourpet.com manages it 

  • Where are pets listed and promoted? getyourpet.com, petadoption.com and partner websites

  • Species Served: dogs and cats only

  • Spay/neuter required to list? No, but resources are sent to any pet owner with an intact pet

  • Other pet owner listing requirements: pet owner cannot charge additional fees, pet owner must be the legal guardian

  • Pet owner follow up: Automated email sent day following adoption, request for feedback sent one-week post-adoption

  • Adopter follow up: Automated email sent three days post-adoption and 30 days post-adoption

  • Included in adoption: Legal Transfer of Ownership Documentation

  • Package: Vet Voucher, 30 Days Pet Insurance, $40 Off at Rover.com, Pet Retail Coupons

  • Who is responsible for medical and behavioral: Adopter assumes responsibility of pet as-is per the adoption agreement

  • Additional services: none

 

Please visit getyourpet.com for clarification on any of the information listed or contact Strawberry Fields for assistance.

Home to Home

  • Pet owner listing fee: none

  • Adoption Fee: no adoption fees

  • Audience: North American

  • Who manages pet profile: you create it and Strawberry Fields manages it 

  • Where are pets listed and promoted? Strawberry Fields has a custom Home to Home page

  • Species Served: All species that can legally be kept as pets

  • Spay/neuter required to list: No but Strawberry Fields will help you get your pet spayed or neutered

  • Other pet owner listing requirements: Pet owner cannot charge fees, Pet owner must be the legal guardian of the pet

  • Pet owner follow up: Follow-up emails are sent after 30 days.

  • Adopter follow up: none

  • Included in adoption: Example of transfer of ownership doc.

  • Package: none

  • Who is responsible for medical and behavioral: Adopter assumes responsibility of pet as-is per the adoption agreement

  • Additional services: special posts for people in need of emergency fostering for their pets

Please visit HometoHome for clarification on any of the information listed or contact Strawberry Fields for assistance.

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Re-home from Adopt A Pet-   rehome.adoptapet.com

  • Pet owner listing fee: No listing fee

  • Adoption Fee: $30-$50 cats, $75-$150 dogs

  • Audience: Nationwide

  • Who manages pet profile: Adopt-a-Pet Staff

  • Where are pets listed and promoted? rehome.adoptapet.com, partner websites

  • Species Served: Dogs and cats only

  • Spay/neuter required to list: No - required of the adopter in the agreement

  • Other pet owner listing requirements: Pet owner cannot charge additional fees, Pet owner must be the legal guardian of the pet

  • Pet owner follow up: Survey sent to pet owners 14 days post outcome

  • Adopter follow up: Survey sent to adopters 14 days post-adoption

  • Included in adoption: Legal Transfer of Ownership Certificate

  • Package: Legal Binding Adoption Agreement

  • Who is responsible for medical and behavioral: Adopter assumes responsibility of pet as-is per the adoption agreement.  Adopter has no awareness of what shelter referred the pet to rehome.adoptapet.com.

  • Additional services: none

Please visit rehome.adoptapet.com for clarification on any of the information listed or contact Strawberry Fields for assistance.

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Courtesy Post

Strawberry Fields would be happy to do a courtesy post for people trying to re-home a pet, after all resources have been exhausted.  Pet owners trying to re-home a pet will be responsible for sending photos of the pet and writing a biography for the pet.  

After the pet owner sends the needed information about the pet Strawberry Fields would be happy to post the pet to our social media page as well as our website. A courtesy post is for self re-homing NOT for a pet that we will be taking into our organization.

Please get in touch with us by email at info@sfanimalrescueil.org.

Additional Self re-homing Resources

Things to think about before giving up a pet/crisis management

Home to Home adoptions

Rehoming A Pet On Your Own

Rehoming a pet on your own

Everything you need to know about rehoming a pet

Adopting a  pet out on your own

Responsibly and humanely adopt out a pet on your own

Online pet community for people wanting to re-home and people wanting to adopt

How to re-home a pet on your own

How to re-home a pet

Surrender prevention tips

Talking to your child about surrendering a pet

Helpful Tips  for Re-homing
Senior pets make great companions, but you have to get the word out there!

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1.) It is better for your pet if you are able to rehome them yourself

The shelter can be a very stressful environment for any pet. Ask people in person, but also leave a flyer so they can contact you if they know of someone or decide to adopt your pet themselves. Ask family, friends and co-workers if they know anyone who is looking for a new pet. 

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2.) A Healthy Pet Is Easier to Re-home

Make certain your pet is up-to-date on all vaccinations. Provide copies of the vet paperwork. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, we highly recommend getting this done. Some of the self rehoming sites require animals to be up to date with vaccines as well as spayed/neutered.  If you have any basic questions about vaccines or spay/neuter please reach out to us or if you need resources for low cost vet care click here.  We can also walk you through the adoption process and provide helpful handouts.

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3.) Network

Network your older dog or cat through friends, family, coworkers and within your community through social networking and good old-fashioned word of mouth.

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4.) Make A Flier and post to online platforms

Create flyers, post to Facebook and Nextdoor,com and other local groups. Make colorful and creative flyers highlighting special information about your pet.  Let prospective adopters know all about him or her.  The more you share, the more a prospective adopter can figure out if your pet is a good match for them. Make sure the photo of your pet is clear. Hang this flyer in places older adopters may hang out - retirement or community recreation centers, libraries, coffee shops, churches etc.  

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5.) Evaluating   Potential Adopters and the Adoption Process

Most forms for self rehoming adoption will be available to you through the rehoming websites listed on this page but Strawberry Fields can provide you with any needed forms as well. Including:

  • adoption application

  • what to look for on an adoption application

  • important questions to ask applicants

  • transfer of ownership

  • follow up forms for post adoption

We will also provide you with a step by step process to complete the adoption.

SFAR  Focuses Our priorities on Helping Senior Pets In Open Admission Shelters

  • ​In an effort to divert senior pets from entering the traditional shelter system, other senior pets are accepted as space allows and on a case-by-case basis with the following criteria: We prioritize admitting senior pets from senior people who can no longer care for their dogs or cats due to assisted living admission, health or physical limitations, or guardian death. We will consider other criteria as well.

  •  If you have a senior pet that you need to re-home and would like your pet to be considered for admission into SFAR, please fill out the inquiry form below. Please note that filling out the inquiry form does not guarantee that your pet will be admitted into SFAR.

Intakes Have Been Temporarily Suspended but an SFAR volunteer would be happy to assist you with self-rehoming your pet