Surrendering Your Pet to the Shelter



Pet surrender to any animal shelter should be your last resort after you have exhausted all other options to find your pet a safe and healthy home. If you know you will be moving, please do not wait until the last minute to find a new home for your pet.

Below, you’ll find tips on how to find your pet a new home.

  • Lightning

    EXAMPLE: Lightning is an 8-year-old black and white spayed female Dachshund weighing about 20 pounds. She is mainly black, but has a cute white tip on the end of her tail and a white cross on her chest. She is housebroken and uses a doggy door. Lightning is used to being an inside dog and being part of the family. She will chase cats, but won’t harm them. She gets along with most dogs. Lightning is shy with strangers and will do best in a family with children 10 or older. She is current on all of her vaccinations and is on heartworm prevention. Email, call or text me at [insert your e-mail] or [insert your phone number]. Adoption fee is $25.

    Check with all of your family, neighbors, co-workers, friends, etc. Networking is critical for finding your pet a new home.
  • All pets should be spayed and neutered, current on vaccinations and in good health prior to being adopted into a new family. If your family pet is not current on vaccinations, has not been spayed or neutered or has health issues, we may be able to provide assistance to you and your pet.
  • Take a glamour shot (see example) of your pet and create a descriptive narrative. This paragraph should include as much information as you have about your pet.  Share your pet’s name, age, breed type, weight, if spayed or neutered, description of personality, health status including vaccinations and if a dog is up to date on heartworm prevention medicine. Share what you believe would be the ideal home for your pet (ex. good with kids or not good with kids, good with other male or female dogs, cats, etc.).  Post this information on your Facebook page and other social networks such as your neighborhood community site, etc.  We recommend making flyers for your work and neighborhood.
  • We recommend that you call all of the local animal rescue organizations to see if they have room to accept your pet. Rescue organizations and shelters often run out of space.   It may take a week or more for a rescue to return your email or call.