Resources & Programs
Finding a New Home for Your Pet
We want to help you and your pet have a good life!
Choosing to rehome your pet is an intensely personal and incredibly difficult decision, but sometimes we know you’re faced with no other option. If you’ve examined all your possibilities and decide the rehoming your pet is best for you and for your pet, here are some tips to consider before you reach out to a local shelter or rescue group. Many people successfully find homes through friends, neighbors or the use of social media!
Give yourself plenty of time, if possible.
It might take weeks or even months to find your pet a new home. There are a lot of pets out there looking for homes, so be prepared and patient!
Increase your pet’s adoptability.
Make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on all age-appropriate vaccinations. There are low and no-cost clinics in Houston that can help with that. You’ll find them online or you can contact:
Spay-Neuter Assistance Program, Inc.
1801 Durham Drive, Suite 1
Houston, Texas 77007
Create a pet profile for your social media or flyers.
Have a great photo or two and include breed, sex, age, medical history and tell us one or two things that make your pet perfect for his or her next family! Do they like to sleep in the bed? Do they know how to sit? Or are they just giant cuddle bugs that never leave your side? Tell us! We want to know.
Tell your network of trusted friends, family, and co-workers.
Ask them to spread the word! You never know who may be looking for a new companion. Use your social media.
Use the Internet.
Post your pet profile on as many rehoming sites as possible. Please use caution when considering an unknown individual as your pet’s new owner. Schedule the initial meeting in a public place (with social distancing, of course) and ask questions to help screen potential adopters. When you find someone who meets your expectations and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and references. Here are some possible rehoming sites:
Check with local animal-related organizations.
There are many reputable breed-specific or species-specific organizations dedicated to rehoming animals. You can find most of these groups online through a web search or on Facebook. One of them might have space available for your pet.
If you adopted your pet from an animal organization or purchased him/her from a breeder, contact them.
They may be able to accept your pet for rehoming.
Never abandon your animal.
It is against the law. You could find yourself facing criminal charges if you abandon your pet. We know you love your pet, and you want the best for them, so keep making calls and looking for resources.
Seeking Help from the Rehoming Center
The Rehoming Center is open by appointment only from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. There is a $10 non-refundable appointment fee, and appointments are subject to availability. Appointments cannot be made online. Please call (713) 869-7722 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. for scheduling. All Rehoming appointments, including adoption returns, owner surrenders, as well as injured, unowned animal drop-offs, are now curbside in light of the recent surge of COVID-19 cases. Please remain in your car when you park and call 713-201-9069 for assistance. The Houston SPCA accepts healthy and behaviorally sound owned animals into its rehoming program by appointment only. Each animal is evaluated based on its medical condition and behavior to determine eligibility for our adoption program. Animals with highly contagious diseases or exhibiting aggressive behaviors are not eligible for placement in our adoption program *Please note: if you do not get an immediate response, call back in a few minutes. Our veterinary team may be handling an emergency. We appreciate your patience!