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.

Please note: We are not doing cat adoptions at this time due to Covid-19. If there's a cat you are interested in, please download an application, fill it out, and mail by postal service to the address on the form. Please do not email the application. We will add your application to the cat's file and contact you when adoptions resume. Thank you!

We are currently doing dog meetings by appointment.

The 2020 Calendars are in. Get yours now!

samples of 2020 Companions in Waiting calendar pages

This 2020 calendar features twelve 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; or come see us and pick one up for a $19 donation. Stop by one of our adoption fairs or call us at 650-328-0474 to get your calendar before they're all gone.

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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