Need to find a new home for your animal? Here are some suggestions.

If you think you can’t keep your pet any longer, Much Love would like to help you think again. We’ve got some tools and tips to help you make the most informed decision. You’ll be surprised at the good alternatives that abound.

First, however, remember that your pet, like a young child, is helpless without you. He or she is solely your responsibility. Remember, too, that if you must give up your pet, it may take much longer than you anticipate to find a good home that will keep the animal for the rest of its life. Yes, you can call a shelter, but 1,000 animals are destroyed at Los Angeles shelters every week. And animals brought to these facilities by their owners have only two days before becoming available for adoption or euthanasia. With so many animals competing for love in these overcrowded venues, two days is hardly any time at all, and depending on your pet’s age, health, breed or temperament, it could be even less.

Private no-kill groups like Much Love and breed rescue groups may try to help you find a home, but are usually overwhelmed with their own animals to accept any more. The foster parents with whom Much Love temporarily houses animals are all too few and commonly overburdened themselves. Sometimes they take in more than one animal at a time.

how to begin

Start by reviewing your reason for giving up your pet. Remember, a life is at stake.

you’re moving and the new abode doesn’t accept pets

It’s a dilemma Much Love hears often. However, many apartments, rental homes and condos allow pets and there are an abundance of excellent resources to help you find a pet-friendly rental. For more information on finding a pet friendly apartment – please see our article under Pet Education about searching for apartments.

you don’t have time for a pet anymore

Here’s a true story: Before one of our foster parents got involved with Much Love, she had a deep desire to have a dog, but didn’t want to take on the long-term responsibility. Luckily, a beautiful Golden Retriever named Rusty lived right next door and his extremely busy parents—a doctor and emergency room nurse—needed help. They didn’t even have the time for Rusty’s daily walks. So, when our volunteer-to-be asked if she could walk and play with Rusty, the answer was a resounding ‘’yes, thank you!’’ It was a win-win. The moral is, look around. You, too, might be living near someone who’s aching to deliver the very service you need.

If you’re concerned that your pet is lonely because of your busy schedule, consider getting another pet. And if you live in an apartment and think Fido must have a yard, don’t worry a minute more. Happily, daily walks (which, like daily play and affection, are a must) suffice for most breeds and most pups whose owners have yards spend the bulk of their day sleeping in the space, not gallivanting around it.

Many people assume that their pet will be happier elsewhere. Sadly, they’re often wrong. Adjusting to a new home can cause stress, which in turn can cause separation anxiety, fearfulness, destructiveness and other behavioral issues. These problems, which Much Love encounters in rescued dogs and cats all the time, may lead the pet’s new owner–the person you thought would solve your problem — to likewise abandon the animal.

baby on board

A baby on the way is another reason people site for giving up pets. However, in most cases, unless you’ve got problems with extreme animal aggression or existing allergy problems, child and animal can co-exist. In fact, recent studies in several respected medical journals show that early childhood exposure to animals decreases a child’s risk of developing allergies and asthma. Also, there are many excellent how-tos on acclimating a pet to a new child. Specialized trainers can help, too.

If you think your dog is too aggressive to live with, most people will agree, which can make for a very unhappy ending. Much Love urges you to have your pet evaluated by a professional trainer or vet (please refer to the Much Love recommendation sheet).

Less severe behavioral problems such as jumping on people, escaping the yard and pooping inside the house can be exasperating. However, studies show that people often abandon pets for behavioral problems that could have been solved with help from a trainer and a commitment of time and effort by the owner. Toxo plasmosis is not a real threat, but if you are concerned you can always have you’re animal tested for it.


If you dog or cat develops a medical problem and you can’t afford the bills, many humane groups offer some financial assistance. Some organizations that can help are Pet Assistance and Actors and Others. For more resources please see the list of resources at the bottom of the page.

Placing a sick animal in a shelter is cruel. He or she will be confused and scared at best, euthanized at worst—and may well infect other animals.

recommended tips for rehoming a pet

If, after rethinking your decision, you must give up your pet, we have some suggestions in helping you find your pet a new home.

We cannot take into our care the many animals that people are giving up. However, we can help by listing them on our courtesy listings on, the largest searchable database of adoptable dogs on the web. Please go to our courtesy listings page to learn more.

Advertise, advertise, advertise. You will want your animal to be seen by as many people as possible who might have the opportunity to fall in love and make it their own.

Make up flyers with a cute photo and description of your pet with his statistics and place in vets offices, pet stores, yoga studios, markets or anywhere the type of people whom you would like to see your animal go to might frequent.

Place ads in local newspapers.

Ask rescue groups to show your pet at mobile adoptions or list as courtesy showings on their website.

Because many rescue groups have limited space for new animals that aren’t in danger of being euthanized, the longer you can foster the animal until it finds a home, the better chance you will have for rescue organizations to lend a helping hand.

We recommend asking for a small adoption fee of $50 or so. This will help discourage collectors or undesirable parents.

Screen any potential candidates by asking questions about their history with pets and beliefs. Please feel free to use the Much Love Adoption Application as a guide for recommended questions to ask.

Be sure to do a homecheck to evaluate the living conditions of your pet’s potential new home. You will want to ensure it is a safe environment for him or her and because you know your pets behavior best, you will be evaluate its quality of life in this new space.

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    11 comments on “Need to find a new home for your animal? Here are some suggestions.

    • Lindsey says:

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    • Cary says:

      Hi there –

      I am fostering a cat for my previous roommate who went on a permanent vacation.

      I however, am allergic and can no longer keep the cat.

      If you have any ideas or assistance in regards to what I can do with her, I’d greatly appreciate it.

      Ideally, I would like to find a loving home for her and heard you were a great resource.


    • Robert Aiello says:

      Hello. We have two dogs, Pockets (9 year old male beagle) and Stella (2 year old female pitbull). We need to move out but the properties we have been looking at will not accept either of them. We are looking for some help, anyone that can help and take them in until we can find another home that will accept them. Pockets is friendly and lovable, he loves going for walks. He loves being outside, indoors is not for him. Stella is very friendly and lovable, she does like fresh air but is an indoor pet. Neither of them have ever bitten anyone, but they are not very friendly with other dogs. If there is anyone that can help us, it will be greatly appreciated. Please contact me at 310.999.4008. Thank you.

    • Roxannie says:

      I am moving and can’t take care of my baby enymore she is a lab

    • Marilyn Keaton says:

      Me and my family are moving to North Carolina from California and we have been looking everywhere for an airport to ship our pit bull but they’re many restrictions against them. We’ve found an airport to fly her to us but they want us to use a reinforced IATA 82 approved crate. We just need a temporary home for Belle ( a female 1 year old pit bull) until we can purchase this crate. My phone number is 919-576-3160 please feel free to call or text me any time.

    • Nava says:

      Hello. I have to unfortunately re-home my beautiful pekingese/pug mix dog. Her name is Olivia. She is a wonderful Dog and 6 years old.

      I just had a baby and have discovered that our son is severe allergic to her. We’ve tried EVERYTHING and it breaks my heart to give her up but our Pediatrician has recommended we rehome her.

      Livy (her nick name) is a GREAT dog who needs a loving home and should no longer feel the stress of being isolated due to our 6 month old being extremely allergic to her and other dogs. She is playful, kind, loves the outdoors and long belly rubs. She has had a schedule of 2 walks a day/fed twice a day and once a month grooming. She loves Dog Parks and other small dogs. Outside of certain food allergies (pork, beef and oats) she is healthy and gets groomed once a month and is low maintenance.

    • Andrea Lampkin says:

      My dear loving doggy-brother whom is only 3-years old needs a loving home with yard that he can play in. I just don’t know what to do. I’m afraid to take him to a shelter because I won’t know his fate and he’s a pit bull mixed with lab. He’s the sweetest dog ever, reserved with a wild side that he only displays when he’s most comfortable. Please help!

    • Marilyn warren says:

      I am looking for a temporary home for my pit mix. She is a sweet dog she is a member of Banfield vet.

    • Nasim Noroozi says:

      I am looking for a new home and a loving family for my terrier mix, he is 5 and gets along well with children and other dogs. He is a great friend and very much loved. I had him since he was only few weeks old, but I can no longer keep him due to a family member being allergic.

    • Alicia says:

      Hello. My name is alicia and I need the most helpful information. I can’t no longer keep my dog and it sad me knowing I have to make this decision for him . He’s a all white deaf pit bull that is scared of the world . Please help …

    • Your dog is your child says:

      ^^^^^ none of these people bothered to read this. Find another apartment. This animal relies on you. You would not give up your child so cut the shit.

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