We know that sometimes life makes you make hard choices, and sometimes those choices mean you have to find a new home for your furry family member.  We have put this section together to help you find a home for your dog(s) that you may not longer be abel to keep for whatever reason.

Unfortunately; we only can take on a certain amount of our dogs at our rescue, and our focus is pulling from the high kill shelters throughout Kern County so taking in dogs from the public is something that we can’t alway do.  We hope the resources below that were put together by the Austin Pets Alive team put together will help you in the process of finding your dog a new and loving home.

List your Pet for Adoption

How to Post Your Pet

You’ll want to make flyers for your pet and post your pet to websites that feature pets for adoption. Best Friends Animal Society has great resources for helping you to rehome your pet.
Best Friends’ Resource Library - a list of great articles and other resources
Best Friends’ Find Homes for Homeless Pets - a guide for advertising your pet and screening potential adopters.
Best Friends’ Make a Flyer - fill out a few fields, upload your pet’s photo, and this web application will create a flyer for you.

A great photo and a well-written description can make a big difference in how many responses you get. Think like an ad agency when you write the listing for your pet. You want to be accurate, but you want to write something that will capture someone’s attention and make them want to meet your pet. The most important thing is to include the cutest photo you can find of your pet. If you have a deadline, include that in the subject line on sites like craigslist. Include key details like age, sex, breed, size, activity level, how your pet gets along with kids, dogs, cats, other people, whether your dog is housebroken or has other training, etc. 

Screening Potential Adopters

It is up to you to decide how carefully you want to screen any potential new homes for your pet. Depending on the time you have available, you may wish to be very careful to ensure your pet is going to the best home possible. Just remember that not everyone is honest about their intentions when they inquire about your pet. And even honest and well-intentioned people may not be a good match for your pet. To eliminate the largest risks associated with rehoming a pet, we suggest you do the following at a minimum:

  1. Do not give your pet away for free. Charge at least a small rehoming fee, somewhere around $35-$50. Free pets are sometimes sold for medical experiments or other unsavory uses.
  2. Spay or Neuter your pet before adoption. This will help prevent pet overpopulation and keep your pet from being used for breeding.  There is a great program with an affiliate of ours in Bakersfield that may be able to help with reduced costs for spay and neutering called Critters without Litters check them out for assistance.  You can do a web search for other low cost Spay and Neutering programs in your area.  
  3. Ask questions. Here’s what you want to know:

    • What kind of life will your pet have with its new owners?

      • Will they view it as a member of the family, or just a dog/cat?
      • What will they do if it gets sick, or tears up their house, or doesn’t get along with their other pets?
      • Will it have daily exercise, quality food, regular vet care?
      • Do they have experience with your pet’s breed or specific issues your per has?
      • How do they plan to discipline your pet or train it?
      • How much time will it spend in a crate or in the yard alone?
    • Ask open-ended questions and really listen to the answers. Be non-judgmental and you will get more honest answers.
    • If they have cats or kids or dogs, does your pet get along with those?
    • How does their activity level fit with your pet’s?
  4. Consider your personal safety when arranging to meet strangers who express interest in your pet. Use common sense.
Best Friends Animal Society has adoption packages for dogs that go into great detail about how to screen an adopter and include sample applications and contracts. Don’t give your pet to just anyone. Ask questions and don’t relinquish your pet if you don’t feel comfortable with the answers.

When to Post Your Pet

Start looking for a new home as soon as possible. The more time you have, the better the chance that you will find a home before any deadline you might have.

Where to Post Your Pet


Using your personal Facebook account is a great and free way to publicize your dog for adoption.   You can always promote the post on your page so it reaches others on Facebook and you can set the promotion to only be within your area if you choose.

Breed Specific Message boards or Website

There are multiple sites that do breed specific rescues do a Google search and see what you can find in and around your area.  Most of these site have message boards that you can post to.  As well, some breed specific rescues will help you with your postings.  A great source to start with is the AKC - Breed Rescue Page you can look for your breed of dog and then narrow the search to the area you are in.