We have collated some advice & guidance to help you re-home your dog or cat.

Sadly, there are many animals looking for homes here in France, so please do take all the advice offered.

Firstly, it is illegal to re-home a dog without having it identified. All cats being re-homed must also be identified. Kittens can change ownership under the registration number of their mother, but not before the kittens are eight weeks old.

It is also illegal to sell an animal without obtaining a SIREN number and declaring the income.

Official information regarding “animaux de compagnie” is available at http://agriculture.gouv.fr/

  • Your pet must be more than 8 weeks old
  • Identified
  • Possess the relevant documentation (see Step 5)

  • Advertise animal as free/gratuit.

Please follow Steps 1 to 5 below:

CREATE HONEST APPEALING TEXT about your pet, and ensure to include the following details:

a) Name, breed, sex, age, size, weight.
b) The ICAD chip or tattoo number.
c) Information regarding sterilisation/neutering, vaccinations, hygiene, health check, pet passport etc.
d) Mention any issues that your pet’s potential adopters should know about.
e) Describe his/her behaviour around people, children, other cats or other dogs etc.
f) For dogs, provide obedience details i.e. sit, stay, wait commands. walking on/off a lead, recall, general behaviour, characteristics, car travel etc.
g) Include the reason for re-homing. Potential adopters may be suspicious if no reason is given.
h) Don’t forget to include your contact details – name, telephone number, email, postal code, viewing and transport arrangements.

TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS…. good photos are essential.

Produce at least three good photos. Including a close up of his/her head looking directly into the camera lens; a full body standing and one of the animal sitting. As animals are often difficult to photograph, do ask someone to help. It is a good idea to have an object or person in the photograph to help viewers to get an idea of size of a dog.

PLACE ADVERTS…. you should now be ready to contact some of the following links:

Hope Association may be able to help you, by posting your advert.
Angloinfo register/sign in, post your ad in the Classified section.
The Dronne Valley Network circulates information and advertises locally.
French Entrée register/sign in, post your advert in Free Classified ads.
Complete France register/sign in, click community forum.
Group47 register/sign in, post your advert in the Animals Seeking Good Homes.
Survive France Network register/sign in, create a new Forum topic.
Doglinks (for dogs) maybe able to help you, by posting your advert.

Facebook Groups:
 animal re-homing.
Pets Etc local to Poitou-Charentes.
Aquitaine Animals local to Aquitaine.
Paws France covers all of France.
Hobos in France Animal Re-homing.
Survive France discussion group.
French Focus Friends discussion group.

Please note, swebsite and Facebook groups come and go – please take the initiative and search for other sites and groups.


Using your text and photos create colourful posters and display them in your local areas. Remember to include your contact details.


Once you have found a new owner for your pet, you are required by French law to provide the following documentation.
1. ICAD document
2. Carnet de Vaccination/Vaccination Records
3. Carnet de santé/Health Records
4. Attestation de Cession/Transfer Document
5. Copie La Carte d’identité/copy of your Passport

Finally, we wish you success in the re-homing of your pet.

Please do remember to update or remove your advert once your animal is re-homed.