Rehoming Animals

We do not have a shelter and cannot intake your dog or a found dog, BUT...

We are always happy to post these on Petfinder.com, AdoptAPet.com, etc. in hope that someone will see their picture/bio and want to foster or adopt them. We would just need you to fill out our Dog Information Form which includes an upload space for four great pictures of this pooch. We've had good success with finding homes this way and also have rescues in less pet-populated states review our postings weekly to see if they can intake any.

Please know that the Georgia county-run shelters are not 'no kill'

Animals surrendered to them can be put down on the day that they arrive to make space for other incoming animals.
If you can hang onto the dog until a new home can be found or talk a friend into fostering it, you would truly be saving its life.

Consider these facts before you take a dog to a county animal control/shelter:
  • Only about 50 percent of animals surrendered to Georgia county animal shelters will make it out alive.

  • Owner-surrendered animals are first to be put down because no one is expected to re-claim them as a lost pet. Even if you only temporarily took in an animal, you may be considered an 'owner' and the animal considered an owner-surrender.

  • While some shelters do provide animals with a relatively painless injection to put them to sleep – others still use gas chambers, or a painful method known as 'heartsticking.' 
We ask you to think long and hard about leaving a pet at a shelter. If nothing else, take time to learn about your county's timeline and process for euthanizing – with a little effort, you can be part of a more humane solution.

YOU too can help find a home for your dog or a found dog
  • Review Complete Steps for Rehoming Animals (courtesy of SpotSociety.org) and Rehoming Your Dog (courtesy of Pitbull Rescue Central)

  • Ask rescue groups to courtesy-post animals for you.
  • Take every opportunity to physically showcase dogs – have them accompany you to pet stores, parks, community events, parties and other pet-friendly venues wearing an Adopt Me scarf (available for purchase at www.bandanamania.com).

  • Post flyers in community, email family/friends/coworkers and post on Facebook. Make flyers for this pet with pertinent info and pictures.
    • Print/carry several to post in places you frequent – gyms, coffee shops, restaurants, libraries, grocery stores, pet stores, vet offices, pet boarding and grooming businesses, college campuses, etc. 
    • Email the flyer to friends and ask them to do the same.

  • Advertise via free websites, but do so responsiblyREQUIRE an application, a home visit and a fee.
    [WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!] People acquire animals via free sites for dog fighting, use them as bait to train fighters, sell them to medical testing facilities, breed them, resell them to just anyone,  have hoarding disorders, etc. If callers are not willing to allow you to visit their home with the pet, or they seem mostly concerned with the animal being 'free' or 'inexpensive' – these are BIG red flags. Don't allow your pet to go there!

    You need only read a few of these stories as incentive to screen applications, check references and do your part to make sure the new home is a safe home:
  • Please download and use our application if you need one and thoroughly screen individuals looking to adopt your dog (or ask us to screen for you); also have adopters sign a contract indicating they will provide humane care and alert you, should they ever not be able to keep the dog (again, we have a contract you may borrow).
  • Check with rescue groups, but NOT AS AN ONLY or LAST-MINUTE OPTION.
    Please understand that most rescues do NOT have vacancy due to the unfortunate number of unwanted pets in Georgia. Here are some tips if you do:

    • A donation might help set yours apart from the hundreds of others they get.

    • Likewise, ensuring your pet is up-to-date on shots, spay/neutered, and heartworm negative will set yours apart from others (see “Is it an issue of money?” below for low cost options).

    • Send each rescue group GREAT pictures, videos and as much information as possible, including your e-mail and phone number. If you’re willing to keep your pet while they find a home, this is ideal – again, finding a rescue group with housing is difficult

Resources That May Enable You to KEEP YOUR DOG

Remember, as many as half of the animals taken to Georgia county animal controls do not make it out; they die or are euthanized -- some within just weeks of arrival. Review the below resources to see if they may help you keep your pet, or at least house them until a new home can be found.