We wish we could help! Unfortunately, at this time, Rehome is unable to assist with pets other than cats and dogs. We're working towards being able to add other pets in the future! Here are some suggestions to help you find a new loving home for your guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, bird, fish, snake, or other pet.
First things first, and you may already know this, however we'd be remiss not to mention: Do not release your pet outside. Most domestic small pets will not survive and may suffer.
Tips to Rehome your guinea pig, hamster, rabbit, bird, fish, snake or other pet:
- Reach out to friends and family to see if any of they can provide a home for your pet.
- Contact your veterinarian’s office to see if they have any suggestions. Sometimes they may know of a family looking to adopt your type of pet.
- Connect with rescue organizations in your area and ask for their help. Check out our rescue and shelter network and search for organizations near you. In these circumstances a species-specific organization is best. If they're unable to take in your pet, ask if they would mind doing a “courtesy post” of your pet on their listings to help you find a suitable adopter.
- For rabbits, check out this expert rehoming advice!
Pro Tip: If you would like to keep your pet, but feel you need to rehome due to financial reasons, behavioral issues, or even due to a lack of pet-friendly housing, your local shelter(s) may be able to help! Most shelters want to reduce the number of animals they take in, and to do just that, many have initiatives, programs, and resources specifically designed to help keep pets with their families (and out of shelters). If you're looking to rehome for other reasons, you could see if they have a foster network, and if so, if they would be willing to connect you with a potential foster to house and care for your pet while you find them a new home.
The bottom line, it never hurts to ask! Most shelters would rather work with you to find another alternative when possible!
As a last resort, relinquish your pet to an animal shelter. Be sure to contact the shelter prior to arriving, as some are unable to assist with all types of pets. Prior to surrendering your pet, please know and understand, some overburdened and underfunded shelters are still forced to euthanize due to the number of pets that come into their facility each day, so please use this as a last resort.