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


Mya is a happy puppy and is very willing to learn. She has sit, down and comes when called. She is working on wait when sitting. Her whiskers around her mouth give her so much personality along with her white collar of fur around her neck. She weighs about 10 pounds.  She is very light.  Mya gets along great with other dogs and people. She is spayed, micro-chipped and current with her vaccinations. She is so looking for a family who know that she was meant to be with them. Are you Mya's family?


Hi -- My name is Missy and I'm a loveable Tortoiseshell cat. I love being with my sister, Chrissy,. I'm shy at first, but be patient with me, because I will soon become very playful, affectionate, and talkative. I love having my tummy brushed while being groomed. Our world is upside down at the moment. CIW had found us a good home a few years ago but, alas, our humans could no longer keep us and so we have returned to CIW. We are affectionate, sweet but shy and it will take some love and patience from our new humans. Chrissy & Missy are siblings so we keep each other company very well. Do you have a place in your home and heart for my beautiful sister and me?

I'm spayed, micro chipped and current with all my vaccinations.

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:

Jun 6Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Jun 7Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Jun 12The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Jun 13The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Jun 20HMB Library in Half Moon Baymap
Jun 21HMB Library in Half Moon Baymap

see complete schedule

Make a donation

Our online donation form is temporarily unavailable. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your tax-deductible contribution 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.

The 2015 CIW calendars are sold out

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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