Companions in Waiting is a 501(c)3 non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization based in San Mateo County, California

New arrivals and featured pets


Janie was born on a ranch in Half Moon Bay. Her Mom and siblings disappeared before they could be rescued. So Janie is the only lucky one. Janie's best buddy is Elsie. Both girls are sweet, gentle kitties who have tested negative for fiv / felv. Both have been spayed and micro-chipped and are current with their vaccinations.  Wouldn't it be fun to invite Janie and Elsie to become part of your family?


Ziggy is a happy 7 year old long-haired Dachshund mix. He loves to play fetch, sit up for treats and he smiles whenever a friendly lap appears. He really enjoys riding in the car! Ziggy is neutered, micro-chipped, current with his vaccinations, crate trained, and does well on leash. He loves to play fetch. He has lived with another small dog and a cat. He would be most comfortable in a quieter home without small children and where he can be the focus of your love and attention. Are you the family for Ziggy?

CIW Founder Honored with Jefferson Award

Companions in Waiting founder Jo Hamilton was honored in February to receive a local Jefferson Award for her work with CIW. CBS San Francisco has this story and video about the award.

The Jefferson Awards website has this to say about local award winners:

The local winners are grassroots "Unsung Heroes" — ordinary individuals who are performing extraordinary deeds.
Jo is grateful for this award and hopes the recognition will help bring even more forever families to the homeless animals of the bay area.

Juliette and the litter of eight

White mini poodle Juliette

Juliette and her babies have been adopted!

Juliette came to us as a stray; she was very matted, dirty and scared. No one came looking for her. When she first arrived know we didn't know that Juliette was going to be a mommy soon — to eight puppies! You can see pictures of some of her babies at our puppy photo blog.

Juliette's puppies are on Cute Overload!

Your donations allow us to help animals like Juliette and her babies, to find loving homes for them, and to make sure they are all spayed and neutered so they won't contribute to pet overpopulation.

All the puppies

Clockwise from top left: Zeus, Shadow, Cami, Tippy, Poppet, Finley, Pippen, Nova.

Our Senior Citizen-Senior Pet Program

So many seniors want and need a companion animal, but worry about managing the costs and care. What if veterinary bills are too high? What if the animal has too much energy? What if circumstances change and it becomes too difficult to care for the adopted pet?

CIW understands these concerns and wants to help! Our Senior Citizen – Senior Pet Companionship Program matches qualifying seniors with loving senior pets so both can enjoy the warmth, companionship, and many emotional and health benefits associated with this special kind of friendship. The program assists with veterinary expenses (up to $500 per year) and matches seniors with wonderful pets who share their energy level, possess wisdom and grace, and bring lots of warmth and love into a home. All CIW animals have a loving place to return to if circumstances should change after an adoption, so seniors can be assured of the lifelong welfare of their adopted pet. If you are a qualifying senior (60 years or older, can document a financial hardship, and do not currently own more than one other pet) and would like to apply for this program, please contact Jo Hamilton at 650-328-0474 or

Companions in Waiting is on Facebook

Join us on Facebook! You'll be able to find adoption fair information there (of course, you can still find it here as well!), more photos of our adoptable animals, and updates about CIW. Plus, you can leave us notes on our wall. Past adopters, we'd love to see some posts about your CIW best friends! You can find our new Facebook page at:

Upcoming adoption fairs

These are the fairs coming up in the next 30 days:

Nov 1Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Nov 2Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Nov 7The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Nov 8The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Nov 15The Pampered Pup in Half Moon Baymap
Nov 16The Pampered Pup in Half Moon Baymap

see complete schedule

Special Fair Event: Nov. 14

On Friday, November 14, the Senior Coastsiders is hosting a Senior Living Fair sponsored by Health Plan of San Mateo County. The fair will be at the new senior center in downtown Half Moon Bay, 925 Main Street. CIW will have adoptable dogs, cats and kittens! There will be door prizes, entertainment, speakers, food and dozens of vendor tables showcasing goods and services useful for seniors. The event will be held from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
Map to the center

Make a donation

We are now accepting online donations through PayPal! Click the Donate button to begin.
This will take you to PayPal's secure website, where you can enter the amount of your donation.
You can also mail your tax-deductible donation to:
Companions In Waiting
PO Box 213
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Companions in Waiting relies on donations to feed, house, and care for homeless animals. Thank you for helping homeless animals.

Get your 2015 CIW calendars now

Each $19 donation, plus $2.50 to defray shipping costs, gets you a stunning CIW calendar! Donations help pay for the food and medical expenses of our furry friends. Call us at 650.328.0474 or send us an email at for details.
  2015 calendar sample pictures

Companions in Waiting would like to thank Shutterfly Photo Printing for their generous assistance with our annual calendar.

Can you help?

An anonymous donor is offering to match donations up to $2000 to help with the purchase of a new vehicle for Companions In Waiting.

The van will be used to transport animals and supplies to and from Adoption Events. If you wish to participate in this matching donation opportunity, please call us at
650-328-0474. Thank you!

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