We Care Animal Rescue

Rehoming Guide

We know that the decision to rehome your pet is not an easy one, which is why we are here to help you succeed in finding them a new home. In this Rehoming Guide you can find the following resources and more:


Rehoming Advice & Feral Cat Care


Medical Assistance & Low-Cost Options


Moving & Relocating Tips

Rehoming Advice

Rehoming A Pet?

If you are considering relinquishing your companion, our team is here to help you navigate through that difficult decision. We want to help you make the decision that’s best for you and your pet.

While we understand that it is sometimes impossible to keep your pet, we do urge you to exhaust all listed rehoming options before bringing them to us.

We also understand there are many reasons why someone may need to surrender. We’ve provided additional resources below to assist with the most common reasons for rehoming. 

Thank you for helping us find your pet the best home!

Reach out to family & Friends

Consider finding your pet another home instead of surrendering. Ask around to see if you know anyone (friends, family, co-workers, etc.) who is looking for a new pet. Take advantage of free resources available to you, such as Adopt-A-Pet, Nextdoor, and Facebook groups.

Take to Social Media

Try networking and using your own social media. Post clear, colored, high-quality photos/videos and include a sweet story about your pet. It is better and less stressful on your pet if you are able to rehome them yourself.

Contact Local Shelters

Did you know many shelters offer courtesy posts to help you reach more potential adopters? Reach out but keep in mind that it’s easier to rehome pets who are vaccinated and spayed or neutered.

Behavioral Issues

Struggling with your cat’s behavior and unsure what to do? Whether you need help with basic manners, litter box training or more challenging behaviors, there are educational resources available.

We recommend looking online for behavior articles written by qualified experts, calling SSPCA’s cat help line and checking out keepyourpet.com.

Medical Expenses

Struggling to afford your pet’s medical care? If you’re surrendering a pet due to medical expenses, we may be able to help. We Care can provide up to $500 for community members in need of financial assistance.

Please contact us before making an appointment so we can assist you prior to your visit. Funds are limited and we may not be able to assist everyone.


Need access to low-cost Spay/Neuter? While we don’t have a clinic at our sanctuary, we do work closely with local organizations who provide low-cost options to those in and near the Napa Valley.

These organizations include but aren’t limited to: Napa Humane, Jameson Humane and Sonoma County Animal Services. View our rescue partner contact information here:

Feral cat care

Caring for a Feral Cat?

If you have feral (unsocial) cats in your neighborhood, visit the “Resources” tab on Forgotten Felines’ website for more information on feral cat care and trap-neuter-return (TNR) best practices.

Forgotten Felines can answer all of your questions about TNR, spay/neuter and can provide you with additional literature regarding trapping, caretaking and protocols for using their services. On a limited basis, We Care can loan traps. Contact us for more information.

Forgotten Felines



(707) 576-7999

Search Animal-Friendly listings

As you’re researching for your next residence, set your filters to “animal-friendly” or “pets allowed”. Don’t forget to also research animal-friendly realtors using online classified ads.

talk with landlords

Give yourself extra time to find a residence where pets are permitted. When talking to landlords, be honest and offer to introduce your pets to them. Many property owners will allow well-behaved pets, particularly if the owner is responsible.

Provide Veterinary records

Providing your pets’ up-to-date veterinary records and references from past landlords can help show a prospective landlord that you are a responsible pet owner.

Moving & Relocating Tips

Planning a Move?

We understand moving is stressful, especially when a pet is added into the mix. While moving as a pet owner can be difficult, it’s not impossible.

Just because you are relocating, doesn’t mean you need to give up your pet. We hope the following relocation tips help you through any potential conflicts that arise throughout your move. 

For more information, visit the Humane Society of the United States’ guide for renters with pets below:

Helpful Hints

Evaluating a Potential Adoptor?

Have you found someone who is willing and able to rehome your pet? Before rehoming, interview potential adopters carefully to make your pet fits into their family’s lifestyle and visa versa.

You may consider the following checklist in order to ascertain whether or not they are the best fit for your pet:


Verify name and address with a driver's license.


Call their landlord to determine if they have permission to house a pet.


Ask for their vet records of all current and past pets.


Take your time and don't let pressure influence your decision.


Follow up by calling to see how your pet is doing in their new home.

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