We understand that sometimes an owner can no longer care for an animal, and we're here to help. Please be advised of the following policies if you are interested in relinquishing your pet to the Callaway County Humane Society:
We only accept animals from Callaway County and only when a foster placement is available. If you are not in a hurry to relinquish your pet, we may be able to help you re-home them. We handle these situations on a case by case basis with the owner acting as a foster family until a new home can be found for their pet.
Due to limited resources, we are not able to take animals with certain health or behavioral issues. Examples include those animals with aggression towards people, dog-aggressive dogs, cats that are inappropriately urinating or certain medical problems (at the discretion of our volunteers).
If you would like CCHS to help you locate the perfect family with whom to place your pet, please follow the link below to complete the Pet Re-Homing Request Form. Please be sure to provide as much information about your pet as possible to help us create a meaningful profile to show potential adoptive families.
Please note: If you are needing to rehome more than 1 pet, you will need to submit a form for each pet.
Please remember that rehoming a pet can take a significant amount of time. By listing your pet with us, we cannot guarantee placement, this is a courtesy posting we are offering to the community.
In addition to listing with CCHS you can post your pet to Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet to help you safely find a loving home. All you need to do is set up your pet's profile in less than 10 minutes. Once completed, your pet's profile will be posted on Adopt-a-Pet.com and be seen by millions of visitors each month. You can also make flyers to post on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door and Craig's List. Don't forget bulletin boards at church, work, veterinary clinics, pet stores, grooming salons restaurants, coffee shops, grocery stores and gas stations.
If you opt to advertise your pet on your own, please don’t advertise the animal as “free to a good home” (and never adopt out an animal who hasn’t been spayed or neutered). A reasonable fee, an application, a contract, and a home visit are essential to ensuring that animals end up in homes that are truly “good.”
Rehoming Your Pet
Always Charge a Rehoming Fee
Criminals easily prey on people who just want their animals to go to a good home. They know that sometimes you're pressed for time and have no choice but to surrender an animal in your hour of need. They rely on that raw emotion and will do their best to convince you they'll be good guardians. Of course, you very much want to believe them and that works in their favor.
First and foremost, when giving a pet away, always charge a rehoming fee. People looking for animals to abuse usually won't pay a fee. You're likely to hear a sob story from someone who wants your animal but says they simply can't afford to pay an adoption fee. That should be a red flag. Having a pet costs money. Food, vet checkups, and vaccines aren't free. If they can't afford to pay a $50 adoption fee, what are they going to do when a bigger expense comes up?
Charging an adoption fee also prevents some people from adopting your animals on a whim, and then, when they lose interest, turning them in at a shelter or abandoning them on a dark, lonely street far from home.
Sick and amoral people cannot always be spotted on looks alone. Some individuals want your dogs and cats just to abuse, torture, and kill them. By charging an adoption fee, you make it much more difficult for animal abusers to acquire animals—specifically, your animals.