Companions in Waiting is a non-profit rescue and adoption service for cats and dogs. We've been matching pets with people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 2003. More about us
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Of Note

A special note from Companions in Waiting about Palo Alto Animal Services

Palo Alto Animal Services is a very important part of Companions in Waiting being able to do the things we do. We believe they are a fabulous group of people performing an invaluable service to the animal community, not only in Palo Alto but also in neighboring communities. We urge you to support the petition at to keep the Palo Alto Animal Shelter open.
Sign the petition here.

The 2017 Calendar is here!

This beautiful calendar full of adopted CIW cats and dogs is yours when you donate $19 (or $21.50 to have it shipped to your door). Stop by one of our adoption fairs or call us at 650-328-0474 to get your 2017 calendar.

Pictures from the 2017 Companions in Waiting calendar
As always, we would like to thank Shutterfly for their assistance in producing our calendar. Shutterfly logo

Success Stories

These are just a tiny sample of the cats and dogs — more than 350 in all — that have found new homes with the help of Companions in Waiting.

Four kittens born in a Central Valley barn were brought to CIW. The two girls were a little shy, the two boys very outgoing. Sister Misty (formerly Tina) and brother Rusty (was Eric the Red) found a home together where they are the perfect pair.

Lulu and Trixie came to CIW separately but quickly became inseparable. These two best friends waited patiently for the right family that could adopt them both. Now they're in their forever home together, with a big brother dog and two laps to lie on!

More success stories