Rehoming Your Animal

Thank you for reaching out to BrightSide Animal Center regarding surrendering your animal. The priority focus of BrightSide is handling stray animals. Keeping these animals safe and getting them off the streets protects public safety in our communities. As a result, our shelter is currently at capacity, and we are not able to take owned animals. This is a temporary challenge, and we anticipate being able to take owner surrendered animals by appointment in the future.
We understand that making the decision to re-home a family animal is a difficult one. Please read through the following information for resources that may help you find a solution.

Solutions Checklist

  •  Have you tried finding your pet a new home on your own?
  •  Have you checked with family/friends/neighbors/co-workers to see if they can take your pet?
  • Are you struggling with training issues? Have you contacted local dog trainers or looked online for virtual classes or free training videos?
  • Have you tried re-homing your dog or cat using the Adopt-A-Pet portal or the Home-to-Home portal?
  • Have you tried re-homing your rabbit or guinea pig using, Rescue Me! or Guinea Pig Finder ?
  • Have you listed your pet on, Craigslist, or Facebook?
  • Have you tried short-term boarding as a temporary solution?
  • Have you talked with your doctor about obtaining a prescription for Emotional Support Animal; that will allow you to keep a pet even if a landlord/property manager directs you otherwise?
  •  Have you tried setting up a GoFundMe to raise funds for a vet procedure or pet deposit?
  •  Have you contacted Dogs on Deployment regarding the safe keeping of your pet while you are on active duty?
  •  If you are looking at surrendering your pet due to medical concerns, please consult with a veterinarian. We understand the cost of medical care can be frightening but there are programs aimed at keeping pets and their families together while ensuring the pet stays healthy. Ask your veterinarian about Care Credit options.
  •  If you are looking at surrendering your pet due to landlord concerns or moving please remember that your pet is a part of your family and would be happiest with you. Often obtaining renters insurance will help property owners feel more at ease with allowing an animal. We suggest you contact an insurance company prior to giving up hope.