Sadly, no. Finding your pet another loving home through Rehome by Adopt a Pet can take several days and sometimes a few weeks. During this time, if it's not possible for you to keep your pet while we help you find them a new home, here are some ideas to consider:
- Reach out to your friends and family, perhaps they could provide a temporary home for your pet while we work together on a permanent home.
- Let your veterinary clinic know about your situation. They may have some suggestions, and at times, they may even know of a family looking to adopt another pet, or even provide boarding for your pet in the interim.
- If financially feasible, keep your pet in a boarding facility during this time.
- Connect with rescue organizations in your area to see if they can provide temporary housing. Prior to reaching out, please keep in mind:
- Many rescues do not take pets from owners, instead, they pull animals from public animal shelters.
- Many rescues do not have a brick-and-mortar facility, they rely on a network of foster homes that have a tendency to stay full.
- Many rescue organizations are run by volunteers who have full-time jobs; they may not be able to respond immediately to your call or email.
- Rescue work is not cheap, and is typically only funded through private donations (of which there are never enough), and/or the rescue volunteers themselves are paying for the pets’ care. If you are in a position to give a donation to the rescue and/or pay for your pet’s care until a permanent home is found, this could help!
Pro Tip: If your pet is a purebred, start by focusing on breed-specific rescues. You may search our network for rescues in your area but always do an online search, as Google can be very helpful too; simply type in, for example, “Basset Hound Rescues near me”. Oftentimes you may have more luck with a breed-specific rescue, and even if they are unable to help, they should be able to refer you to other rescues that may have space.
- As a last resort, relinquish your pet to a shelter. Please know and understand prior to relinquishing your pet, every shelter does not have the resources and/or space to house each pet in their care until they’re adopted—some pets may be euthanized.
Pro Tip: Connect with shelters in your area to see if they can help you keep your pet! Most shelters want to reduce the number of animals they take in and to do just that, many shelters have initiatives, programs, and resources specifically designed to help keep pets with their families (and out of shelters)! 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, they may be able to help!
If you are 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 if possible!