Animal Surrenders

If you must surrender your pet, please note the following:

  • You must call first to get on the waiting list.
  • Being on the waiting list is not a guarantee your pet will be taken into the shelter.
  • We prioritize members of our community living in Sussex County.
  • You must pay a surrender fee to help with the cost of care for your pet.
  • All dogs and cats must pass a temperament evaluation.
  • Veterinary records must be provided prior to the time of surrender.
  • We cannot take in cats or dogs with aggressive behavior, antisocial behavior, or bite histories

Surrender Fees

Feline:

Cat (over 16 weeks of age) -  $50

Kitten (under 16 weeks of age) - $25

Nursing Feral Mom and Kittens Program - $200*

*The Nursing Feral Mom and Kittens is only applicable when a nursing mom is brought in with a litter of kittens that are under 8 weeks old and still nursing.

Canine:

Any Age - $100

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.

Additional Routes

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. You may also be able to list your pet on PetFinder and find them a great home that way!

Please surrender your pet as a last resort.