Pet Rehoming

Seattle Humane is a pet resource center. Our goal is to keep pets with the people who love them by offering support for pet owners to prevent shelter surrender, whenever possible. Seattle Humane may be able to assist with access to low-cost veterinary care, a pet food bank, pet training and more. Contact pethelp@seattlehumane.org or 425-649-7566 for additional information. 

Rehome Your Pet 

Self-rehoming is often the best and most humane way for your pet to find a new home. Self-rehoming allows the pet to remain in a home—which helps them stay healthy and well. Being able to learn about the pet’s personality, behavior, medical history, preferences and more from the person who knows them best also helps ensure the pet is adopted into a home where they will thrive. 

Bonus: Self-rehoming also offers reassurance to the pet’s original family by allowing them to select, and possibly even stay in touch with, the new owner. 

Rehoming Tips and Resources
  • Create a pet profile for your pet on Seattle Humane’s Home-to-Home adoption page. Home-to-Home is a direct-to-adopter tool for people looking to rehome their pets. Fill out the free Home-to-Home application to post your pet. 
  • Create a pet profile on Rehome, a free tool designed to help pets find new homes without having to spend time in a shelter. 
  • Post a photo and bio of your pet on your social media channels. Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter and Nextdoor are great platforms for showcasing your pet for adoption.  
  • Prepare your pet for adoption by getting them spayed/neutered, microchipped and vaccinated. If you need assistance, contact our team at pethelp@seattlehumane.org or call (425) 649-7566. 
Rehome Your Pet Due to Medical Concerns

If your pet needs veterinary care and you are low-income, facing housing insecurity or other urgent hardship, Seattle Humane may be able to assist. Contact our team at pethelp@seattlehumane.org or (425) 649-7566. 

Seattle Humane’s Wellness Clinic provides wellness care, vaccinations and microchipping services to support low-income families and their pets. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit our Wellness Clinic page

Seattle Humane’s Spay & Neuter Clinic offers reduced-cost spay and neuter surgeries for dogs and cats of low-income families in our community.  

Rehome Your Pet Due to Financial Hardship 

Request pet food and supplies from our Pet Food Bank. For more information, contact pethelp@seattlehumane.org or call (425) 649-7566.  

If you are struggling with high or unexpected veterinary costs that are challenging your ability to keep your pet healthy and safe at home, contact our team at pethelp@seattlehumane.org or (425) 649-7566. 

Rehome Your Pet Due to Behavior Concerns 

A common reason people need to rehome their pet is if the pet is displaying undesirable behavior. Many unwanted animal behaviors can be corrected, enabling pets to successfully remain in the family. Before surrendering your animal, please consider other options or training solutions, such as the alternatives listed on our Pet Advice page. For more help, contact our team at pethelp@seattlehumane.org or (425) 649-7566. 

Seattle Humane offers dog training classes and workshops. To sign up for classes, visit our Dog Training & Workshops page. For more information contact our team at  dogtraining@seattlehumane.org or (425) 373-5385. 

Rehome Your Pet Due to Moving 

If you are facing barriers in accessing housing due to extraneous pet fees such as pet deposits, contact our team at pethelp@seattlehumane.org or (425) 649-7566. 

If you need assistance identifying pet-friendly housing, check out My Pitbull is Family‘s dog-inclusive rental database. My Pitbull is Family hosts the nation’s largest database for dog-inclusive rental options that includes properties without breed or weight restrictions. 

If you need temporary care for your pet due to housing insecurity, hospitalization or other personal crisis, contact our intake team at intake@seattlehumane.org or (425) 649-7566. 

Rehome Your Pet Due to Military Deployment 

For temporary foster or boarding care for your pet due to military deployment, contact Dog on Deployment. This nonprofit provides an online network for service members to search for volunteers to board their pets (and not just dogs!) during their owner’s service commitments.   

The following nonprofits may also be able to help: 

Guardian Angels for Soldier’s Pet 

Pets for Patriots 

PACT for Animals  


Surrender Your Pet to Seattle Humane

Schedule an Appointment to Surrender Your Pet  

If you need to surrender your pet to Seattle Humane, the first step is to fill out a surrender application for each pet. We do not accept walk-in surrenders. All surrenders are by appointment only. Appointments are required to ensure we have space and the appropriate accommodations to care for your pet until they find a new home. 

Surrender appointments are scheduled once the medical and behavioral history of a pet is reviewed. After we receive your surrender questionnaire, a staff member will contact you to review the pet’s information and determine the next steps in the surrender process.  

Please complete a form for each pet.

Completion of an owner surrender form does not guarantee Seattle Humane will accept the pet into our care. 

Costs of Surrendering a Pet

We kindly request a continuing care donation when an animal is admitted to us. The average cost of care for an animal that is brought to Seattle Humane is $560. While you are not required to donate, all monetary and in-kind donations are greatly appreciated and help to offset a portion of the cost of caring for the thousands of animals we support each year. 

Pet Surrender FAQs  

Why do I need to schedule an appointment to surrender my pet?

Appointments are required to ensure we have space and resources available to care for the pet. 

I need to immediately surrender my pet due to safety concerns or due to an emergency. What should I do?

Please contact your local animal control agency.  

Can I surrender a pet that I found?

Seattle Humane is not able to accept stray pets. If you have found a pet within the last 30 days, please contact your local animal control agency or municipal animal shelter.

Will Seattle Humane euthanize (“put down”) a surrendered pet?

Seattle Humane is a managed-intake shelter that cares for pets with treatable medical or behavioral issues. There are no limits placed on the pets in our care for space or time. Pets receive the medical care and behavior support they need to thrive in new homes. When a pet demonstrates behavioral concerns that pose a threat to people or other animals, or when they face significant quality-of-life concerns, euthanasia may be considered.