Surrendering an Animal
So that we can help as many people and pets in our community as possible, we have established the following procedures for those requesting to surrender a cat or dog.
- Cut and paste the following into an email, supply the appropriate answers, and send to
- Owner’s name:
- Owner’s phone number:
- Animal’s name:
- Is the animal spayed/neutered:
- Reason for surrender:
- How long owned:
- How acquired:
- Describe the animal’s personality/temperament:
- What is the animal’s activity level:
- Any medical issues (past or present):
- Any behavioral issues (past or present):
- Is the animal current on vaccinations:
- If cat;
- is there any history of house soiling or inappropriate elimination:
- is the cat declawed:
- is the cat allowed outdoors:
- If dog;
- is the dog house trained:
- has the dog had any training:
- has the dog ever bitten (describe):
- Describe the animal’s behavior around dogs:
- Describe the animal’s behavior around cats:
- Describe the animal’s behavior around kids (and ages of kids):
- Does the animal have any history of aggression:
- How soon do you need assistance re-homing:
Note: Submission of this Questionnaire does not guarantee our acceptance of your cat or dog.
- Our Shelter Manager will review your completed form.
- If your animal appears to be a good candidate for Homeward Pet, you will be contacted to set up an appointment to bring the cat or dog in for a behavior assessment, and examination by our staff veterinarian. Please bring any previous vet records. Note: Every animal must pass the behavior assessment and vet exam to be accepted. We are unable to take in aggressive animals, animals with major health issues, or animals harboring any potentially contagious disease. We must also determine if our kennel environment is appropriate for the dog or cat.
- Following successful completion of the behavior assessment and vet exam, and if kennel space is available, you will be asked to complete and sign our Intake Questionnaire and transfer ownership of the animal to Homeward Pet.
- Although we do not require a donation, we are hopeful that owners will be able to make a donation to help defray some of the costs that we will incur in caring for and working to find a new home for this cat or dog.
Due to the limited capacity of our shelter and the volume of requests we receive, we are unable to accommodate requests for immediate surrender. Homeward Pet is not allowed by law to take in strays.
If you are in need of immediate assistance, please try contacting the following shelters: