Surrendering an animal

READ THIS FIRST: We do not have a building/shelter… just a limited number of foster homes. If you are unable to keep the pet(s) for a minimum of ONE MONTH, we are unable to provide placement assistance at this time. The only exception is small dogs weighing no more than 15 lbs., which we can usually find a foster home for fairly quickly. If you can house this animal for a minimum of one month, please read on.

Is an allergy the reason you’re giving up a pet??

If yes, please review this important article in detail before making your decision… you may learn a few things & decide you don’t have to give up your pet after all!


Are you being deployed?

If you really don’t want to give up your pet, one of these sites may be able to help you!

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Is this your pet?

Please review the options below, then email us for a Dog/Cat Information Sheet, which will need to be completed & emailed back to us along with several photos of your pet.

Option 1 – My pet is spayed/neutered, and I’d like to screen adopters myself. If your pet is already spayed/neutered, we can provide your pet with its own web page on www.Petfinder.com, a nationally recognized website that finds homes for hundreds of thousands of homeless pets each year. Your contact information (phone, email or both – your choice) will be provided on the web page, so potential adopters can contact you directly with questions or to arrange a visit or adoption.

Option 2 – My pet is spayed/neutered, but I’d like the Humane Society to screen potential adopters for me. (A $50 adoption donation will be charged to adopter’s when this service is provided). Your pet will be provided with its own web page on www.petfinder.com. All potential adopters will contact the Humane Society to complete an adoption application & succumb to veterinary & personal references as well as a home visit.

Option 3 – My pet is not already spayed/neutered. The Humane Society must handle all adoption screening for unaltered pets per state law. If you can pay to have your pet spayed/neutered so the new owner does not have to incur these costs, you will increase your pet’s chances for a quicker adoption. If you are unable to do so, we will collect a $50 spay/neuter bond and a signed contract from the adopter agreeing to spay/neuter the pet within 30 days. The full bond will be returned to them as soon as proof of spay/neuter is provided to us.

Is this a stray?

Please review the options below, then email us for a Dog/Cat Information Sheet, which will need to be completed & emailed back to us along with several photos of the pet.

Option 1I will pay for (or have already paid for) veterinary expenses for this pet, including spay, and I’d like to screen adopters myself. If the pet is already spayed/neutered, we can provide the pet with its own web page on www.Petfinder.com, a nationally recognized website that finds homes for hundreds of thousands of homeless pets each year. Your contact information (phone, email or both – your choice) will be provided on the web page, so potential adopters can contact you directly with questions or to arrange a visit or adoption.

Option 2I will pay for (or have already paid for) veterinary expenses for this pet, including spay, but I’d like the Humane Society to screen potential adopters for me. (A $50 adoption donation will be charged to adopters when this service is provided). The pet will be provided with its own web page on www.petfinder.com. All potential adopters will contact the Humane Society to complete an adoption application & succumb to veterinary & personal references as well as a home visit.

Option 3I would like the Humane Society to pay for all (or a portion of) veterinary expenses for this pet. We can only provide veterinary care for pets that are:

  • 1) not feral or extremely shy,
  • 2) deemed “highly adoptable” by passing a temperament test given by one of our volunteers, and
  • 3) contained indoors or in a secure outside enclosure at all times.

We can not put hundreds of dollars into pets that are given the opportunity to run off or injure themselves. You will have to sign a Foster Agreement committing to keep this pet indefinitely until another foster or adoptive home is found. Adopters will be charged a $100 adoption fee for dogs and $85 for cats. They will be required to complete an adoption application & succumb to veterinary & personal references as well as a home visit. AND, please read below!

Please consider the following before you “commit” to foster or re-home an animal:

Felines: Adult cats are a dime a dozen in this area, which provides for low adoption rates. Adults cats often remain in foster care for at least 3-6 months, if they have exceptional personalities. Kittens usually adopt quicker, 1-2 months, but if they are feral or extremely shy they could easily grow to be adults while in foster care.

Canines: Typically, the smaller the dog the quicker the adoption. Dogs that get along well with kids, other dogs & cats are deemed most adoptable. Sadly, no matter how exceptional the personality, dogs with the following characteristics are often overlooked or can take several months or more to find homes:

  • 1) larger dogs (over 55 lbs.),
  • 2) black or black/tan colored dogs,
  • 3) older dogs (5+ years), and
  • 4) media stereotyped breeds like pit bull terriers, rottweilers, & chows (or even mixes of these breeds).

We are not attempting to discourage you from fostering dogs with these characteristics… because THEY deserve a chance, too! We just want you to have the facts before you commit. 🙂

Photographing Tips:

We can post up to 3 photos of your pet on its web page. The better the photos, the more interest your pet will get from potential adopters. If you have no way to submit pictures, we can find a volunteer to help you. Try to get pictures from various angles (i.e. headshots, sitting, laying, standing from front, standing from side, etc.). Don’t force the pictures. Try to take advantage of photo opportunities when the pet is relaxed. Photos that show a pet’s personality are helpful too… playing with a toy, laying with front paws crossed, wearing a bandana, chewing a bone, cuddling with another pet or human, etc.

Tips for “screening” potential adopters for those of you who wish to do your own screening: (coming soon!)