Rehoming a Pet

An appointment is necessary to surrender a pet.

Making the decision to rehome a pet can be a difficult one and there are many reasons a family feels they can no longer care for a beloved pet. We strive, first and foremost, to be a resource for our community and to provide solutions for these reasons. Please see review our 'Services' and 'Training & Behavior' pages for helpful tips and possible solutions to common issues many pet families may face.

If these pages do not provide the solution you are looking for, please contact us to schedule an intake appointment.

In order to reduce stress on animals coming into the shelter and better manage our resources, including space, staff time and funding, the Humane Society of Westermn Montana schedules appointments for animal surrenders. Please contact a Pet Adoption & Welfare Specialist at 406-549-3934 for more information about our intake process.

Tips for Rehoming Your Pet

If you choose to rehome your pet yourself, be sure to think about your pet’s personality and what environment he or she would do best in.

Tips for finding a good, life-long home for your pet:

Spay/neuter: Have your pet spayed or neutered before going to a new home. Not only will this help to make him or her more adoptable, but it will also prevent some behavior problems, as well as inappropriate breeding.

Wellness Exam + Vaccinations: If your pet is already spayed or neutered take him/her to the veterinarian for a wellness exam and vaccinations. This is also a good time to talk with your veterinarian about the reason you have chosen to rehome your pet; they may have some suggestions.

Be Wary: Be wary of the “free-to-good-home” tagline. Dogfighters and animal dealers have been known to answer these ads.

Check References: Check references of potential new homes and advertise through friends, neighbors, and local veterinarians.

Visit New Home: Visit a prospective new home to see the environment that will be provided. Are there other pets in the home that your animal will or will not get along with? Children? Is the fencing/confinement suitable for your dog?

Be Honest: Be honest about your pet’s personality and any behavioral or medical problems he/she may have.

Get Contact Info: Be sure to get your pet’s new home’s contact information, including name and phone number. And make sure they have yours, too.

Ask us about a Courtesy Listing - we are often able to post  pets looking for loving new homes. Give us a call to learn about the Courtesy Listing process.