Rehoming your Pet

You are most familiar with your pet’s temperament and would be most successful at finding a well-suited home. Any effort you can make to rehome your pet yourself gives your pet a greater chance at finding the perfect home…and leaves one more opening at a shelter for the next animal.

  • List your pet with DCHS’s rehoming service.
  • List your pet with WHS’s rehoming service
  • Promote and advertise heavily on Facebook
  • Ask local veterinarians if you can post signs in their clinic
  • Ask local businesses if you can post signs in their store
  • Talk to friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers


Screening adopters: 

Some things to use to screen adopters are:

1. Using an adoption application (see ours as a reference)
2. Look at their history on Wisconsin’s Circuit Court Access 
3. Ask for a home visit or look up their residence on google earth
4. Check their vet reference on other pets they own

It can be difficult to know the right questions to ask potential adopters. Oftentimes, the way they answer questions can be more informative than what they actually say. Some people may be resistant to answer your detailed questions, but the best candidate is someone that wants to convince you that they can provide love and care for your pet. Here are some questions that we suggest:

  • Why do you want this animal?
  • Have you had an animal of this breed/type before?
  • What general experience do you have with this type of animal?
  • Have you ever trained this type of animal? What type of training methods would you use?
  • Do you own or rent your home? If renting, does the landlord permit pets?
  • (In reference to a dog) Do you have a yard? Is it fenced? How securely?
  • What other pets do you have?
  • What other pets have you had in the past and what became of them?
  • Do you have children? Grandchildren? How many and what ages?
  • How much time will you spend per day with this animal? What is your daily routine like?
  • Who will be the primary caretaker of this animal?
  • What activities and exercise do you plan for this animal?
  • Can you afford the care this animal will need or will it cause financial hardship?
  • Who is your veterinarian? May I call your vet for a reference?