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AVHS’ New Home To Home Program Gives Pets a Smoother Transition into a New Home

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Auburn Valley Humane Society has added a new interactive tool to help families with pets in the Auburn and King and Pierce Counties area by visiting The site will give pet owners who can no longer keep their pets the opportunity to find new, loving homes without having to surrender them to the shelter. Pets can go from one home right into another, which means less stress for animals and humans alike. In addition, this offers potential new owners the opportunity to communicate directly with the current owners, providing firsthand information about the animals.

To break it down, Home To Home™ is a re-homing website for owners who need to surrender their pets, which can include dogs, cats, and other animals. Those needing to re-home pets fill out a brief form, upload a picture and hit submit.  For those seeking a pet, there is a search feature. Home To Home™ is free to use; however, there are some rules to the site, such as no money is allowed to exchange hands. Re-homing fees don’t lead to better outcomes for pets, but quality communications will.

According to Jackie Beatty, AVHS Animal Welfare Coordinator says, “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 HomeTM tool would be within the time frame of finding out relocation is necessary and the actual moving date. If the pet isn’t re-homed before the moving deadline, he or she can be brought to us or another area shelter.”

Shelter personnel will monitor the site to ensure that the rules are followed. Home To Home™ pet postings will be promoted on AVHS’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 re-homing 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 re-homing needs. As always, animals may be surrendered directly to the AVHS shelter as an owner surrender for a service fee. avhs, auburn valley humane society, avhs auburn wa, auburn wa humane society, home to home, pet adoption auburn wa, home to home program auburn wa, avhs home to home

“Our participation in Home To Home™ is due to the generous support from a Maddie’s Fund Grant, #ThankstoMaddie. Our share of the Maddie’s Fund Grant covers the cost of our own Home To Home™  branded website,, and a year of web hosting.”

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 or to learn more about Auburn Valley Humane Society Animal Shelter go to or AVHS Animal Shelter’s Home To Home™ site is

You may be wondering how you can help right here in our community. Your continued kindness now will provide ongoing care to the animals that need it most. Together, we can maintain the animals in our community that need to be rehomed as COVID-19 impacts. Visit our website to give so that we can continue to ensure they have ongoing food, shelter, and care. With your help, animals will not be forgotten.

For more information about adopting animals, visit the AVHS website To learn more, visit our Home To Home™ website at

The above is a press release from the Auburn Valley Humane Society.  The Auburn Examiner has not independently verified its contents and encourages our readers to personally verify any information they find may be overly biased or questionable. The publication of this press release does not indicate an endorsement of its contents. 

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