What to do if you need to rehome your pet

Has something happened in your life and you can no longer take care of your beloved pet? Did you move to a residence that does not allow animals? Maybe a friend or relative has died, leaving one or more pets to be placed in a new home. Whatever the circumstances, you want to do something to help find a pet a new and loving permanent home, rather than turning her over to the local shelter where the animal may be euthanized .

You are this animal’s advocate and offer its best chance at a new life. Please know that there are options and help available to you.

We get lots of phone calls and emails from worried owners like you who need to re-home their beloved pet. As a foster-based non-profit rescue, we spend our limited resources on saving animals facing euthanasia in the San Jose shelter - the cats and dogs that don't already have families who love and care for them.

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Are you considering surrendering a cat or dog because of housing related issues? We know that affordable housing that allows animals can be challenging  to find but we encourage anyone who does not wish to part with their pets to try to find housing that will let you remain a family:

Cat-Friendly Apartments for Rent in San Jose

Dog-friendly apartments for rent in San Jose

Zillow: Pet-friendly apartments for rent in San Jose 

Trulia: Pet-friendly apartments for rent in San Jose

Are you considering surrendering a pet due to financial constraints?

There are programs that can help you keep your pet fed, healthy and most importantly with you in your home:

Silicon Valley Pet Pantry

Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV)'s Pet Pantry provides food to owners who cannot afford to feed their pets

Red Rover Relief
The RedRover Relief program provides financial and emotional support to good Samaritans, animal rescuers and pet owners to help them care for animals in life-threatening situations and resources to help victims of domestic violence escape abusive environments with their pets.

Rose’s Fund
Rose's Fund recognizes it takes more than love to save a life, and all animals deserve a chance. To the best of their ability they work to financially assist pet owners and good Samaritans who have an animal with a good prognosis for a healthy life, but are at a financial loss. Their goal is to help make that difficult decision come from your heart, not from your pocket. No one should ever have to choose between medical care and euthanizing their pet.


The mission of STARelief and Pet Assistance is to provide life-saving pet food and veterinary care, emergency boarding and foster care to pets whose caretakers are struggling with financial hardship.

Are you considering surrendering a pet for any of the following reasons?




Please click below for resources to help you work with you and your pet to  prevent the need for surrendering: