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

Hope D

Hope was rescued from the streets of a Central Valley city when she was about 8 weeks old. She was too young  and it was too dangerous for her to be out alone. Her angels couldn't keep her so they contacted CIW and in due course she became a CIW dog. She is now spayed, age-appropriately current with her vaccinations and micro-chipped. She plays well with dogs. Initially, Hope is a little shy with new people especially men, but give her a little time she is ready to play and get cuddles from everyone. Her happiest place is curled up in a lap. Is yours the lap for Hope?


Four beautiful kittens were born to a little feral tabby Mom cat in a barn in Half Moon Bay. They didn't look like their Mom at all! Mom took very good care of her babies after all 5 were rescued and were in a foster home. Mom was not happy being indoors and after she had finished raising her little family, she was spayed and moved back to the barn. Her babies will soon be spayed/neutered and microchipped. They are vaccinated and have tested negative for felv/fiv. They are fun a playful and have lots of love to give to their "forever" family. Will a pair of these beautiful kittens soon be a 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.

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:

Oct 4HMB Library in Half Moon Baymap
Oct 5HMB Library in Half Moon Baymap
Oct 10The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Oct 11The Pet Place in Menlo Parkmap
Oct 25Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap
Oct 26Kibbles & Gifts in Half Moon Baymap

see complete schedule

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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