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Rehoming Pets

Traci's Paws encourages families to keep pets in safe and loving homes

Traci Wilkerson Steckel and her dog Cheerleader

Are you considering rehoming your pet?


Traci's Paws encourages all families to prioritize their pets and consider all options before rehoming them, but we know that sometimes there's a rare case where there is no other option.


Please see some important tips and resources below, which have been provided by San Diego Humane Society and FACE Foundation, which may help you keep your pet in your home or find a new one.

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Relinquishing your pet without taking them to a shelter

  • Review San Diego Humane Society Tips for Rehoming Your Pet.

  • Don't rush! Take time to find your furry friend the best new home.

  • Increase your pet's adoptability by having them spayed/neutered, groomed, and vaccinated.

  • Tell your friends, family, coworkers, and social networks that your pet is looking for a new home. The more people who know you need help, the better your chances of finding your pet a new family.

  • No one knows your pet better than you do! While interviewing potential adopters, be sure to share your expectations for your pet's new home and be sure to ask questions to identify a home that will be a good fit for your pet.

  • Create a listing for your pet on the following websites, which specialize in connecting pets who need a good home with families looking to adopt!

  • For dogs, complete a Transfer of Ownership form with their new adopter. Once completed, please send a copy of this form to so we can update the dog’s records.

  • For all other animals, complete a Transfer of Ownership form with their new adopter.

  •  It is the responsibility of current owners to disclose any bite history to potential adopters. Rehoming platforms connect people looking to rehome their pets with interested adopters. The pets featured are not animals at San Diego Humane Society and require direct communication with their caregivers through the platform itself. It is the responsibility of the individuals who express interest in a particular pet listed on these pages to obtain and verify information about the pet’s medical, behavior and bite history. All information contained in the pets’ description page has been provided by their caregiver. San Diego Humane Society does not verify the accuracy of the information provided.

  • Please, never abandon your pet! San Diego Humane Society is here if you need to bring your pet to a shelter.

Alternatives & Resources

Many pet-related problems are solvable — and we’re here to help you find solutions that allow you to keep your pet! Whether it's a behavior problem, a housing issue or another kind of crisis, we're here to offer guidance. See below for helpful links or call 619-299-7012 so we can find a solution together.

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