Will my local Home To Home partner shelter help with spay and neuter services?
Yes! The majority of organizations that are part of the Home To Home™ Network offer spay/neuter services for the exact cost they would charge for pets currently housed in their facility. Contact your local affiliated shelter (or other animal welfare organization) to find out more details.
How do you ensure that the animal is healthy?
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to guarantee the health of any animal on Home To Home™ or in a shelter or other facility. We recommend all pet parents take their new pet to a veterinarian for a wellness exam, especially if you have a concern.
We recommend asking the current owner about the pet’s medical history and/or for vet records. The benefit of using Home To Home™ is that you can communicate directly with the owner to learn, in detail, about your new pet’s health and behavior.
Meeting in person
Use sound judgment when doing a meet and greet. We recommend taking a trusted friend. This strategy provides safety and gives you a second opinion when making this important decision.
We also encourage you to take precautions like meeting in a public place and telling trusted loved ones who you are with, when you are meeting, and where.
Sample Rehoming Agreement (PDF)
We have created this sample rehoming agreement as a reference document. This form is also available on the resources section of the pet profile page.
We recommend using our transfer of ownership agreement outlining the transfer of ownership to prevent ownership questions/issues.
Home To Home provides you with a rehoming agreement when you select someone to transfer ownership to. If you find a new family that was not through Home To Home you can still transfer ownership to them in order to have a written agreement.
Tips on Writing Your Pet’s Profile
Imagine making a dating profile for your pet; this is your pet’s time to shine!
We encourage you to provide as much detail as possible. The more detail provided, the more likely they will find their perfect match.
- Start Positive – What do you love about your animal, and why would others be drawn to him/her? Be as specific as possible.
- Picture Perfect – Take and post several pictures of your pet to provide a sense of size, look, and personality.
- Authenticity – Are there areas where your pet could improve? Be honest in your assessment of your pet’s weaknesses and what areas may need additional time and energy from the new owners.
Need more help? Check out our complete list of tips and suggestions here.
What to Ask When Adopting a Pet-Sample Questions
We recommend preparing a list of questions to ensure your new pet is the right fit for your family. Think about your lifestyle and what is most important to you (size, temperament, training, etc.) Make sure all your questions are answered before finalizing the adoption.
Here are a few guidelines to help you get started. Add more based on what is most important to you and your family.
Interviewing Potential Adopters – Sample Questions
What type of home would be best for your pet? Make a list of the type of person, family, and/or living situation where your pet would thrive. This may include absolute “must-haves” as well as “nice-to-haves.”
Take time to get to know the potential adopter(s). Asking questions and having conversations with them before you meet will help you decide whether the applicant will be a good fit for your pet. Here are a few guidelines of questions to ask a potential adopter.
How should you handle the final transfer?
We recommend completing a formal adoption agreement to transfer ownership. Some users like to ask for a copy of a driver’s license or photo ID for proof of identity, personal references, their veterinarian’s information, or a home check. These options are all up to your discretion.