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Animal CarePrograms/ServicesFinding a New Home for Your Pet on Your Own
Rehome Your Pet

​​Available Resources So You Can Keep Your Pet

​Surrendering your pet is never an easy decision to make. Sometimes you just need a little advice and assistance.

At Broward County Animal Care we want to help you keep your pet!

  • We can recommend professional trainers, resources for common behavioral issues and more!
  • Our SNIP Program provides free-to-low-cost spay/neuter services for Broward County residents.
  • Low-cost options for rabies vaccinations and the County license tag are also available.
  • If you have fallen on hard economic times, we can put you in touch with a local Pet Food Pantry.

For information regarding these resources, please e-mail us at

If keeping your pet isn't an option, then finding a home for your dog or cat on your own is beneficial to both you and your pet.  For your dog or cat, It keeps him out of the shelter.  For many pets, a shelter can be a very stressful environment since they are used to the comfort of your home.  Additionally, by finding a new family for your pet, you will be able to select the new owner and have the comfort of knowing that your pet has found a new and loving home.

How Do I Find My Pet a New Home?

Take the time to market your pet. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE!

Ask family, friends or co-workers if they would like to adopt your pet or if they know anyone who may want a pet. 

Create a good quality flyer that you can give them so they can help spread the word.  The flyer can also be posted on your social media pages such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Next Door and Craig's List.  It can also be posted in your neighborhood in places like your veterinary office, church, pet stores and coffee shops. 

The flyer should feature a good quality photo of your dog or cat, as well as his name, weight, breed, gender, health and a little about his personality. Helpful information about developing an effective flyer, and the opportunity to post your flyer, can be found on the websites listed below:

Other important things to remember:

  • Keep an open mind about potential adopters.  Don't automatically rule out people who may contact you because you think their home or living arrangements may not be ideal (ex: they have no yard or they work all day).
  • Make sure you use an e-mail address and phone number that you check regularly.
  • Ensure that your pet is up-to-date on his vaccinations, and have the veterinary paperwork to prove it.  

I am Unable to Rehome My Pet

If all else fails, and you must surrender your pet, please refer to our Surrender policies.