If you must surrender your pet, please note the following:
- You must call first to make an appointment.
- You must pay a surrender fee to help with the cost of care for your pet. If your pet is not spayed or neutered, the fee will be at a higher rate.
- All dogs must pass a temperament test.
- Veterinary records must be provided at the time of surrender.
- We cannot take in feral cats or dogs with aggressive behavior or bite histories.
Things to Consider
It's no secret that animal shelters are often overflowing with dogs and cats and that shelters and animal control agencies euthanize animals that no one wants. Although the number of dogs and cats euthanized for lack of a new home has decreased dramatically in most areas of the country, there are still far too many dogs and cats entering shelters and pounds and not being adopted.
Find a training club or school, read a training book, change your expectations, and try to build a bond with the animal that will keep it in your home.
Many breeders will take back a dog they produced or will have a list of people looking for an adult dog from their breeding program.
With careful consideration, time, and work, you may be able to find a great home for your pet. Put posters at the veterinarian's office and the pet supply store; ask the groomer and boarding kennel staffs to keep their ears open for a potential new home; and advertise in the newspaper.
Please surrender your pet as a last resort.