We do our best to ensure pets have the best possible stay here with us at the shelter. Despite our efforts, shelters are undoubtedly a stressful place for most animals. That’s why we’ve partnered with Home To Home™. Home To Home™ allows pets to find new homes without having to enter the shelter. We understand that needing to find a new home for a pet is sometimes a difficult reality. Home To Home™ allows pet guardians to find the best fit for their pet and provides the opportunity for adopters to know all about their personality and preferences first-hand from the original guardian.
Home To Home™ is free for both guardians and adopters, and helps keep pets out of shelters through direct home placement. To learn more, visit our Home To Home™ website and review our Home to Home Frequently Asked Questions below.
Q: What is Home To Home™ ?
A: Home To Home™ is a tool to rehome animals through direct home placement. Pet guardians needing to rehome a pet can post the animal on the website and be contacted by interested adopters. They can share all of the information about the animal with the person directly – their likes, dislikes, personality, and quirks. This is a win-win for all involved, as the pet does not have to go through the stress of the shelter system, the current guardian can find a best fit for the pet, and the new adopter can learn about their new pet in-detail first-hand.
Q: How does it work?
A: To break it down, Home To Home™ is a rehoming website for owners who need to surrender their pets, which can include dogs, cats and other animals. Those needing to rehome pets easily register and fill out a brief profile, upload a picture and information on their pet, and hit submit. For those seeking a pet, there is a search feature. Home To Home™ is free to use; however, there are some rules to the site, such as no money is allowed to exchange hands. Rehoming fees don’t lead to better outcomes for pets, but quality communications will.
Q: Why not surrender my pet to the shelter to find a good home?
A: Even the best shelters are stressful places for pets. There are lots of unfamiliar people and animals, loud noises, and strange smells. Your pet is comfortable at your home, so finding a new one through direct placement helps them put their best foot (paw) forward. Home To Home™ also helps adopters learn everything they can about their new pet from the current guardian. Best case scenario for all! Home To Home™ provides peace of mind for pets and pet owners by making transitions from one home into another smooth where the love connection is never lost or broken.
Q: Why adopt from Home To Home™ ?
A: Home To Home™ allows you to speak directly to the owner. Don’t want to pay adoption fees? All pets on Home To Home™ are free, and no money is allowed to exchange hands. When you adopt a pet from Home To Home™ you are helping SafeHaven and all pets great and small. When it’s possible for a pet to avoid a shelter surrender it helps reduce overcrowding in our shelter and allows more resources to be available to help those animals that have no other option. You can speak directly to the owner of the pet and get full details of the animal you are interested in adopting.
Q: Can I only list dogs and cats?
A: Home To Home™ is open to all domestic and legal pet species. Have a lizard to rehome? We aren’t equipped to care for their needs at the shelter, but Home To Home™ provides an opportunity for them to be advertised in the community. Home To Home™ helps pets stay out of shelters.
Q: Has SafeHaven met the pets on Home To Home™?
A: SafeHaven Humane Society has not met or evaluated the pets on Home To Home™ and does not make any claims about their health or behavior.
Here is a story about an adult dog that was adopted from foster care, Dumbo. He was stressed in his kennel, so he was placed in foster care for decompression and socialization. The foster mom reported that he did great at home and in the car, and tolerated a bath well. They took him to the beach over one weekend and on hikes which he loved. She even bought a harness for him. She taught him impulse control with sit, wait for leash on and off, wait for food, and wait to play with tennis balls. She said he was a bit mouthy so she kept a toy close by and would redirect him onto the toy if he tried to play with her arms. She was happy to help facilitate meet and greets with potential adopters at the shelter and said she couldn’t imagine it would take long for him to be adopted as he had a sweet, loyal disposition. She was right! She took him home on February 25th and he was adopted March 7th.