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


Two little dogs were found living in a trucking company yard. They had been living there for a long time. They were very dirty and matted. Snookie had given birth to 2 puppies and one of the workers had taken the puppies but no one rescued the two little dogs. CIW was able to help. Snookie's orginal shyness was very temporary. She loves attention, a bath and being brushed. She is vaccinated, spayed and micro-chipped. She's a happy little girl who is looking for the family who knows she was meant to be part of their family and to whom she can give all her love - forever.


Barney and Fred were found in a back yard on the coast side. They were too young to be out by themslves and no Mom was seen. The boys were very clean and healthy. They wanted to be with people and purred when you looked at them! We are sure they were with a family who abandoned them. The boys were lucky. The lady whose back yard the boys found, contacted CIW. Now they are safe inside. They have tested negative for feline leukemia and FIV. They have had their first kitten vaccinations and will soon be neutered and micro-chipped. Hopefully soon they will find the family that was meant for them. We are hoping that they find their special family for the holidays. That would be perfect!

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:

Mar 7Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Mar 8Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Mar 13The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Mar 14The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap

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.

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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