Giving Up Your Pet


Life Throws Us Curve Balls

Making the Decision to Surrender Your Pet

The decision to give up your pet may be difficult and emotional. Rescue Village offers the resources and education you need to help you make this decision. When you bring your animal to Rescue Village to surrender, he or she will receive a temperament and health evaluation. If your animal is taken into the shelter for adoption, he or she will remain with us until a new, loving home is found – no matter how long that takes.

Giving Up Your Pet

To surrender your pet at Rescue Village, we ask you to take the following steps.

Step 1: Make sure that giving up your pet is the right decision. If so, before contacting Rescue Village, network via social media, friends, family and local ads to find your cat or dog a new home.

Step 2: If you are unable to find a new home for your pet, fill out the appropriate Surrender Form online and submit them to us. You can also download these forms and scan, email, or mail them to us.

Step 3: You will be notified by an employee of Rescue Village when we receive your form. If we can accept your pet, we will then schedule an appointment for surrender. We will do our best to admit your animal into our care, but we cannot make any guarantees of being able to accept all animals. Additionally, the timing of your appointment will vary depending on the type of animal you are looking to surrender and other upcoming intakes we might have already scheduled.

Please note: an appointment to surrender your pet is requested so we’re better prepared for your animal’s arrival. We ask for these appointments so we can manage our shelter population, avoid overcrowding, and ensure we are appropriately resourced to meet the needs of the animals we are privileged to serve. We do not euthanize for time or space – asking for appointments for owned animals is one strategy we employ to uphold this commitment.

Do The Right Thing

If you have to give up your pet, please do the right thing for your animal’s health and safety.

  • Do not leave your pet in the woods or drop them off in the country assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die as a result of starvation or injury.
  • Do not abandon your pet in the house or apartment you are moving out of thinking that someone will eventually find it. This does not always happen.
  • Do not give your pet away to a stranger. You do not know if that person is a responsible pet owner. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or neglected.
  • 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.
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