Cincinnati Animal CARE Humane Society, the exclusive provider of animal control and sheltering services for Hamilton County, has added a new service to make rehoming a pet easier. If you can no longer keep your pet you now have the opportunity to find a loving, new home for your pet before you take them to the shelter. The new Home to Home™ website allows pets to go from one home to another, which means less stress for everyone and the new family can communicate with the old family in order to get firsthand information about the pet. This service will also benefit Cincinnati Animal CARE by avoiding additional animals coming into the shelter, which continues to remain over capacity with a recent influx of 209 animals in just 10 days!
Home to Home™ is a rehoming website for owners needing to surrender their pets—not only dogs and cats, but other animals as well—by filling out a form and uploading a picture. The site is free to use both to the person surrendering the animal and to the person adopting the animal. No rehoming fees are allowed and any requests for money will get the post removed from the site.
According to Meaghan Colville, Director of Lifesaving Operations at Cincinnati Animal CARE, “There has been a steady increase in owner surrenders over the past year. We see the immense stress people are under when they need to surrender their dogs or cats to us. And as much as we like to think our shelter is a happy place, it isn’t a home and can be stressful for the animals. The number one reason for surrendering pets is an unavoidable change in living situations. A perfect opportunity to use the Home To Home™ tool would be within the time frame of finding out relocation is necessary and the actual moving date. If the pet isn’t rehomed before the moving deadline, he or she can be brought to us.”
Shelter personnel will monitor the site to ensure that the rules are followed. Home To Home™ pet postings will be promoted on Cincinnati Animal CARE’s Facebook page to help generate interest. Also, staff will intervene as necessary to help or to offer advice. Not only will this tool make transitions into new homes easier for pets, but it will also leave more shelter resources available to animals with no other options, such as strays and those suffering from neglect or abuse. While rehoming pets through Home To Home™ will alleviate the need for some pets to be surrendered to the shelter, it won’t be suitable for all rehoming needs. As always, if an animal must be surrendered to the shelter, please contact Cincinnati Animal CARE’s Community Support staff at 513-541-7387.
“Our participation in Home To Home™ is due to the generous support from a Maddie’s Fund Grant, #ThankstoMaddie,” said Colville. “Our share of the Maddie’s Fund Grant covers the cost of our own Home To Home™ branded website, cachs.home-home.org, and a year of web hosting.” Maddie’s Fund is a family foundation providing grants towards increased community lifesaving, pioneering shelter medicine education, and establishing foster care as a standard across the U.S. Since 1994 the Foundation has awarded more than $255 million in grants.
Home To Home™ is a national program that is used among shelters and rescues across the United States. To visit the Home To Home™ network’s master page go to home-home.org or visit cincinnatianimalcare.org.