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

So long, 2020!

This is the end of another year for CIW. In so many ways, we're not sorry to see 2020 end. There has been so much sadness and stress we've all had to endure. In other ways, 2020 has been a very exciting year with many wonderful dogs and cats finding their special forever families. We've been able to help some very special animals with major medical issues and have seen them blossom with love and care and become the light of their forever families. CIW has received so much support for what we do and we can't thank you all enough.

2021 has promise to be a happier year and a brighter future. So with all our hearts, woofs and meows, we wish everyone happy holidays and a new year of peace, health and happiness.

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cat saying thank you

We at Companions In Waiting want to thank all our supporters and adoptive families who sent notes, pictures and donations about the companion animals they had adopted through CIW and the positive comments about our yearly newsletter. We really appreciate your taking time and we love to hear about your companions and your newsletter feedback. We'll work to keep making the newsletter fun to read!

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.

Little Alfie was hit by a car and nobody came looking for him at the shelter. The staff there called CIW, where he could take the time to learn to trust people again. And now he has a loving family!

Winnipeg was one of four kittens found in a garage. Due to health issues it took her a little longer than her siblings to find her family, but now she has both a human family that adore her, and big brother and sister cats to play with.

More success stories