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


Five year old Brownie was found wandering in a Half Moon Bay residential neighborhood. He had no tags or microchip and although his picture and description were circulated, no one came looking for this cute little guy. He is a little dynamo who really wants to find a family where he can be chief. He does well when he is the only dog. He is now neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated. He has also done well with children. He is also not an early morning little boy. If you are not an early morning person, Brownie is looking for you! 


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. She is a sweet, shy, gentle kitten who has tested negative for fiv / felv. She has been spayed and micro-chipped and is current with her vaccinations. She has been playing with Ollie and they make a cute couple. Wouldn't it be fun to invite these two to become part of your family? 

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.

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

We're happy to announce our new Facebook page. 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:

May 3The Pampered Pup in Half Moon Baymap
May 4The Pampered Pup in Half Moon Baymap
May 9The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
May 10The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
May 17Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
May 18Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap

see complete schedule

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!

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.

New: 2014 CIW calendars are here!

Get one calendar for each donation of $19 + $2.50 to defray our shipping costs. Please call 650-328-0474, or watch your mail for our calendar announcement!
  2014 calendar sample pictures

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

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