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

Fair Update

For the health and safety of our volunteers and adopters, and in compliance with California's shelter-in-place order, our upcoming fairs are cancelled until further notice. If you're interested in meeting a CIW animal, please email us, or call us at 650-328-0474.


There are no fairs scheduled at this time. If you're interested in meeting a CIW animal, please email us, or call us at 650-328-0474.

Happy Holidays! No adoption fairs are held between mid-December and the end of January. Fairs resume in February.


The 2021 Companions in Waiting Calendars are in. Get yours now!

samples of 2021 Companions in Waiting calendar pages

The 2021 calendar features 13 beautiful portraits of cats and dogs adopted from Companions in Waiting. For a donation of just $21.75 we'll ship one of these calendars directly to you; call us at 650-328-0474 to get yours. Your donation helps us care for and find forever homes for more animals. This is the perfect gift for the animal lover in your life who's looking forward to the start of a new year!



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You can help raise money for Companions in Waiting when you shop using Amazon Smile. A portion of what you spend goes to Companions at no extra cost to you! Just go to smile.amazon.com to get started.

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