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Consider All Of Your Options

We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. But before making the decision to surrender a pet, please consider all of your options.  Few things are more traumatic for a pet than losing his/her family.

PLEASE VIEW OUR MENU ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THIS PAGE where we have provided you with tips and resources on how you may be able to address the most common reasons for pet surrenders before you make the final decision.

After you have considered all of these options, if you still must surrender your pet, the please read our Surrender Policies & Process.  It is critical for you and the wellbeing of your pet that you follow our Surrender Policies & Process very carefully.

Do’s and Don’ts

If you have to give up your pet, please do the right thing:

DON’T wait until the last minute.  When you took your pet into your home, you became the protector of a living creature.  By planning the transition of your pet to a new home or to the shelter, you can make the change less traumatic for your pet and fulfill your obligations as a responsible pet owner.

DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.

DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.

DON’T advertise your pet on Craigslist or give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold to research laboratories.

DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend, one who you are confident will love and care for your pet properly and will keep you informed of its welfare. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home. Shelters receive many pets from people who knew the previous owners and wanted to help them by taking in a pet, but who did so without realizing the efforts involved in keeping the animal.