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Sometimes we find our selves in the position of needing to re-home our pet.  It is a sad task, but it might be the best thing for your pet if you no longer have the time or place to care for him or her.  Here are some options for you.

OPTION 1:  Ask if HPHS can Help You!

HPHS is a no-kill shelter, so if your pet comes to us, you can be assured it will not be put down to make room for other animals.  We only euthanize pets for serious behavior issues or illnesses. 

If we have room in our program, we would be happy to take your people friendly pet in and find it a good home.  We do charge a fee for this service, as noted on our Adoption and Surrender Fee page.  These fees are based on the average amount of medical care surrendered pets require, the average length of time we generally need to care for pets before they can be placed, and the average adoption fee we might receive for them.  Please note that in most cases we do not receive an adoption fee for surrendered pets as we transfer most of our pets to no-kill shelters in larger metropolitan areas if they don't find a home here quickly.  

To see if we can take your pet(s) please email a photo of them, along with your contact information, to HPHS@Ymail.com for dogs, and HPHScats@Gmail.com for cats.

OPTION 2: Rehome your Pet Yourself!

You can rehome your pet yourself through Facebook (try a group called "Furbabies" for example), or by using Adopt-a-Pet.com.  Here is the link to this free service!

Everything you need is there.  However, remember that there are people out there who collect animals for bad purposes.  Do not let your pet fall into their hands.  You can prevent this by:

1. Charging a fee for adoption (this is automatic if you use AdoptAPet).  The "bad guys" want free pets.  They don't want to put up any money,  and they will tell you all kinds of tales about how nicely they are going to treat your pet and what a great life it will have.  Don't believe them!  People value what they pay for! 

Don't want to feel like you are selling your pet?  No problem!  Donate the money to a local rescue (like the High Plateau Humane Society!! :)  That way, the money goes to a good cause and your pet goes to a good home!  Let the adopter know you will do that, and they will feel better about paying the adoption fee as well.  You can even have them make a check out to us directly.  We recommend you have the adopter pay at least $80.  If they can't afford that, they can't afford to take care of your pet! 

2.  Meeting the adopters.  Have adopters come to your house to see your pet, or, better yet, take the pet to them.  Make sure they will let your dog or cat in the house to be part of the family and ask them about their experience with your type of pet. Meet the whole family if you can!  Make sure  your pet will have a loving home, and it will make your parting easier.  If you get a bad feeling about the potential adopter, TRUST THAT!  Don't leave your pet with someone you don't like.

3.  Visiting the adopter's home.   You would be surprised how many people lie about their home situation.  Their idea of a "fenced yard" can be your idea of a chicken coop.  Be sure.  Take your pet to its new home yourself, and be prepared to give them back the adoption fee and take your pet home.  People that know you are going to want to drop the pet off to them will be more likely to tell you the truth to begin with.  


Rather than give your pet to just anyone, s/he would be better off being surrendered to a shelter or breed specific rescue.  
If your pet is a friendly adoptable dog that has not bitten anyone or killed other pets or livestock (not counting chickens or rodents), or if they are a friendly adoptable cat, I recommend you surrender him or her to one of the following groups.  Call them to be sure they can take your pet before driving there:
  • Humane Society of Central Oregon in Bend, OR, (541-382-3537) 
  • BrightSide Animal Center in Redmond, OR  (541-923-0882)
  • Tahoe/Truckie Humane Society (530-587-5948) located at 10961 Stevens Lane, Truckee 
BREED SPECIFIC DOG RESCUES:  You can also Google the breed of your dog and see if you can find a breed specific rescue that will take him or her. These rescues are usually fairly small and may not be able to take your dog right away, but they are dedicated to their breeds and may be the best choice for purebred dogs. Here are  a few we have worked with...
  • NORCAL Golden Retriever Rescue, Amber Moore, Outreach, 530-356-2654, norcalgoldenlovers@yahoo.com
  • NORCAL Sled Dog Rescue, Gail de Rita, 510-676-2215 
  • Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Rescue, Granite Bay, CA,  916-791-7580
You may not have to pay a fee to surrender them to these organizations if you can't afford to, but I am sure they would appreciate a donation when you take them there.  Shelters will give your pet the shots they need (be sure to take their medical record with them so they don't get vaccinated unnecessarily), neuter or spay them, and find them homes.  You can also asked to be called to come pick the pet back up if there is any problem placing him or her for any reason. 


If you have a dog that is truly aggressive to people or other dogs, then please do not pass them on to another organization where someone may get hurt before they discover this.  A dog that has attacked a human and drawn blood, or attacked and caused serious damage to another dog without good reason, should be put down rather than re-homed.  This is also true if they are dedicated to killing cats, not just chasing them.  There are a lot of pet cats out there and it would be tragic for your dog to pull out of its leash and kill someone's beloved cat while its new owner watched in horror.  This procedure is less frightening for your dog if it is done by a vet they are familiar with.  Don't leave this task to a stranger. Do what is right for your dog, not easiest for you.  The High Plateau Humane Society sells low cost euthanasia certificates to ensure that all dogs have access to humane euthanasia.