Re-Homing Assistance Program

Sometimes situations arise beyond our control and we aren’t able to keep the dog or cat to whom we’d promised a forever home.  If you find yourself in this situation, CCHS would like to help you re-home your animal rather than leaving you no other option but to surrender it.  For community members throughout the Bay Area, CCHS offers a Re-Homing Assistance Program. If you’re unable to keep your dog or cat long-term but can keep him or her during the time it takes to find a new home, CCHS may be able to help.

To begin the rehoming process, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page. 

What does the Re-Homing Assistance Program do?

  • CCHS will post a picture and biography of your animal on our website, as well as other large animal advertising sites (for example,,, etc.) to network your animal’s adoptability.
  • Adoption applications are accepted for your animal and forwarded to you to make contact with the applicant.
  • You have the ability to screen potential adopters with criteria provided to you, set up adoption meetings, and determine who adopts your animal.
  • You keep the adoption fee for the animal.

To qualify for the Re-Homing Assistance Program, your animal must meet the following requirements:

  • As required by California State Law, your animal must be spayed or neutered in order for us to assist in the adoption referral.
  • Your animal must be current on vaccines.  This includes Rabies and DHLPP (or DHPP) for dogs and Rabies and FVRCP for cats.  A current FeLV/FIV test is recommended for all cats allowed outdoors, though not required.
  • If your animal has engaged in any physically threatening behavior (defined in Section 416-12.402 or 416-12.404 of the County Animal Control Ordinance), s/he will not be eligible for our program.
  • You must be able to continue to house your animal while being advertised – preferably a minimum of one month.

Re-Homing Assistance Program specifics:

  • The fee for this advertising service is $25.00.
    • The fee to enroll your animal in the Re-Homing Assistance Program covers the period until the animal is adopted or placed in another home.  Should the adoption not work out and you choose to re-list your animal through the Re-Homing Assistance Program, an additional listing fee will apply.
  • This is a referral service only and CCHS acts only as a third-party resource for those looking to re-home their animals.
  • Descriptions of the animals available through CCHS’s Re-Homing Assistance Program are provided by the animals’ guardian.  Re-Homing Assistance Program animals have not been personally evaluated by a CCHS staff member.

Changing human companions can be very stressful for animals. Therefore, our first inclination is to ask you to look at the situation differently: is there any adjustment you may be able to make to allow you to keep the animal? If the concern is behavioral, have you spoken to or worked with a behaviorist or trainer?  If you have to move, have you looked into housing that allows animals?  Have you contacted any breed-specific rescue groups?  Have you asked friends, family, neighbors or trusted co-workers to adopt your animal?

To begin the rehoming process, please email Chriss at 

To find out more information or to list your animal through CCHS’s Re-Homing Assistance Program, please email us at