If you've arrived at the decision to re-home your pet, there are certain steps you can take without surrendering your pet to an animal shelter. 

When needing to re-home your pet, it is in their best interest for you to find their new home without them ever leaving your side. Doing this allows you to play a role in placing your pet with a new family, reduces stress of transition for your pet, and frees up resources for other pets in Buncombe County Animal Shelter's care.

With some additional resources, you may be able to keep your pet:

Find help for behavior problems such as chewing, housebreaking challenges, excessive energy, etc. Visit our Behavior and Training page for resources that may help you address these issues. 

Moving is stressful, even under the best circumstances. However, this does not mean you have to give up your pet. For tips on pet friendly housing and renting with a pet, visit our Pet Friendly Housing page

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A requirement of the program is that your pet be spayed or neutered and up-to-date on his/her rabies vaccine. This will make it easier for you to find a new home for your pet and addresses the overpopulation and pet health concerns in Buncombe County.

  • Take several color photos of your pet enjoying your home and showcasing their looks, size, etc.
  • Write a short bio about your pet. This should include the reason why your pet needs a new home, the kind of home he or she would do well in, and some funny or interesting information – for example, your pet’s funniest behaviors, his/her favorite thing to do, or the thing you love most about your pet. Many people write the story from the animal’s perspective, for example, “Hi, my name is Bella…” Remember to be honest. You want this transition to be successful for your animal.
  • Re-home your pet on our website. Submit proof of rabies vaccination and spay/neuter to safetynet[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org. Upload your pet's profile using the "add a re-home" button at the bottom of this page. People who are interested will contact you directly to learn more and visit your pet. Animals will remain on the Web site for at least 30 days. Please contact our Safety Net Team at safetynet[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org or (828)-761-2008 once your pet has been adopted. To view this site, go to http://www.ashevillehumane.org/adopt/pets-rehoming.
  • E-mail friends, family co-workers. Post on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Share your photos and story to everyone and place the poster at your workplace or community bulletin board.
  • Make a re-homing poster. Make several photocopies of the poster. Bring one of your re-homing posters to the Asheville Humane Society, along with proof of a current rabies vaccine and spay/neuter surgery. The poster will be placed in the lobby for all visitors of our adoption center to see. Place the posters in veterinary offices and pet supply stores where pet owners visit often.
  • Talk to breed specific rescue groups. These groups can provide a variety of opportunities for your pet, including the possibility of your pet staying in foster care until a new home is found. 
  • Advertise. Place an ad in your local newspaper, listing the most important characteristics about your pet. Advertise with photos to get more attention.
  • Some questions to consider when talking with potential adopters for your animal include:
    • What are they looking for in a companion animal? This often leads into some conversation about what they want and what the dog/cat is like also.
    • What is your lifestyle like? Activity level of the household?
    • How do you plan to exercise the dog (walks, yard, fenced yard, dog run during the day, tethering, etc)? This usually brings up some further discussion: If it isn’t a fenced yard, they can’t let the dog run loose. If it’s a dog run, they need to make sure it is secure so the dog can’t escape, with plenty of water and shade/shelter to get away from the elements. Tethering is not ideal, but they’d have to follow Asheville City or Buncombe County ordinances (depending on where they live).
    • Are you looking for an indoor animal, indoor/outdoor, outdoor only?
    • Are there kids or other animals at home, or who visit often? Who would the dog be interacting with on a regular basis?

If you have any questions or need more information, please call our Safety Net Helpline and leave a message at 761-2008. You may also email our Safety Net department at safetynet[at]ashevillehumane[dot]org

Good luck and remember, we are here to help should you need us!

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