By the time Samantha met her new dog, Peach, she already knew quite a bit about her. Peach's original owner told her all about the Corgi's quirks, including the time Peach stole dinner and hid the evidence.
"We have a rascal on our hands, for sure!" Samantha said.
Samantha found Peach on Rehome, a website that allows original pet owners to find new homes for their pet.
In Peach's case, the original owner was moving back to China after finishing school, and wasn't able to move with the dog.
The original owner listed Peach on the website, and waited for someone like Samantha to show interest.
"We saw a picture of her face and just really wanted to meet her," Samantha said.
Rehome, a joint venture between Adopt-a-pet.com and the Petco Foundation, was created to help keep pets out of shelters, according to Susanne Kogut, Executive Director for the Petco Foundation.
"There's probably about 6.5 million animals entering shelters every year," Kogut said. "About a million of them are coming from owners making the tough decision to have to re-home their pets."
Kogut's aim is that Rehome will keep more pets out of shelters, and prevent them from being listed on websites like Craigslist, where she says transactions aren't always safe.
One thing Rehome doesn't want to do is make make pets more of a simple transaction instead of a lifetime commitment.
"The last thing we want to do is make it easier for people to re-home their pets," Abbie Moore, Executive Director of Adopt-A-Pet.com said. Moore says they're building out a retention program to help pets and owners stay together.
"From our standpoint, most of the time when we see people surrendering their animals, it's people who really don't want to be there," Kogut said.
They're also hoping re-homed pets will get better care because new owners can get medical and behavioral information that could otherwise be lost.
The Rehome website launched in March, and currently has about 6,000 pets looking for new homes.
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