Can't Keep Your Pet?

We understand that personal circumstances change or that some pets might not be the right fit for your family. We’re here to help but the shelter environment is stressful for even the most social pet, so we ask that you explore all other rehoming and pet support options 

 The GFTAO team strongly urges all pet owners to first consider alternate options for pets before surrendering to a shelter. Surrendering your pet is a very serious and difficult decision, and we encourage pet owners to utilize this option as a last resort.

Please explore alternative rehoming options such as friends and family. Social Media sites like Nextdoor and Facebook can be a good resource for getting the word out about your pet. 



Guardians for the Animals of Ohio (GFTAO) recognizes that all shelter environments cause stress in animals, and the best outcome for a pet looking for a new home is one that avoids this step completely. As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continues to put a financial strain on many families across the nation, it is immensely important to GFTAO that resources be made available to keep pets in their homes. If that is not enough, then swift action is necessary to ensure these pets spend very little time in a shelter environment, if at all.





That is why GFTAO has launched a Home To Home™ program, which is a direct-to-adopter tool for people looking to rehome their animals. In just a few simple steps, pets can find a loving new home without ever seeing the inside of a shelter. It’s free to use for both guardians and adopters, and gives animals needing a new home the best of both worlds: their current guardian can find the best fit, and their adopter can learn all about their personality and preferences first-hand.

To learn more, please visit our Home To Home™ website,

If all resources have been exhausted, you may opt to fill out GFTAO Owner Surrender form


There is a common misconception that GFTAO is ready and able to accept any animal at any time. GFTAO is a foster based rescue.  We are unable to accept animals on the spot in the majority of cases unless we have open foster homes suitable for the surrendered pet. We also maintain a list of animals already awaiting entry into our rescue. While we make every effort to honor the waiting list, several factors may prevent us from accepting animals strictly on a first come, first serve basis.