In Savannah Morning News Column

Re-homing Your Pet Assistance

Savannah Morning News – August 25, 2017 Karen Harper, Pets for Life Coordinator

We love our pets and consider them to be part of the family, so when we face a heart-wrenching decision like finding a new home for our pet, it’s not one that’s made lightly. Before you consider surrendering or re-homing your pet, it’s helpful to assess the major reason why. Does your pet have behavior issues? Are there housing problems? Are you having trouble affording pet care? Don’t give up! The Humane Society for Greater Savannah’s Pets for Life program provides a stress-free means of keeping pets with families, where they are already safe, healthy and loved. To speak with our Pets for Life Coordinator about a list of services and resources, please contact our helpline: (912) 228-8010.

Once you’ve exhausted all resources and determined that rehoming your pet is the best option, here are some proactive strategies you can use to increase your chances of finding a home for your pet without them ever leaving your side.

  • Take a good color photo of your pet. If you already have a good photo, make it readily available for use. If not, take one which shows your pet’s best side!
  • Prepare a brief description/biography. List any training your dog or cat has had: house-, crate-, and/or obedience training. Include the type of home your pet would do well in, as well as his/her funniest behaviors and any likes or dislikes. Give some background on your pet and talk about your pet’s favorite toy. The most important thing is to be honest. Full disclosure will help you find a new home.
  • Prepare your pet for a new home. Make your pet more attractive to potential adopters by having your pet spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and groomed. Pet Fix Savannah has affordable, low-cost options for your pet. Please contact (912) 354-6265 for more information!
  • Leverage your social network. Email friends, family and co-workers. Post on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram, and ask your friends to share. Facebook has sites made just for re-homing pets in the area you live.
  • List your pet on our website. Submit a photograph and bio of your pet to our re-homing page on the Humane Society for Greater Savannah’s website. People who are interested will contact you directly to learn more and visit your pet. Animals will remain on the website for at least 30 days. To view the site, please go to


As a last resort, the Humane Society for Greater Savannah is a managed, open admission shelter. We will accept owner surrendered pets by appointment which can be made by calling (912) 354-9515 or by visiting

Don’t miss the “Big Blow Out Sale” at the HSGS Pick of the Litter Thrift Shop this Saturday August 26 9-12noon.  All shoes and purses will be $2; necklaces for a quarter and bracelets for a dime; belts and scarves for $0.50!  All proceeds benefit the Humane Society for Greater Savannah.