Surrender Your Pet
WE ARE HERE TO HELP WITHOUT JUDGEMENT
We serve Geauga, Ashtabula, Lake, Cuyahoga, Portage, Mahoning, Trumbull, Summit Counties and beyond.
More than 60% of the animals come to Rescue Village because they are stray cats, or their owners had to surrender their animals for one reason or another, be it illness, financial insecurity, or other life-altering situations. If you find a stay dog, please refer to your county dog warden regarding next steps.
Intake office hours vary, please schedule an appointment prior to arriving at Rescue Village. Intake is by appointment only.
STEPS TO SURRENDERING
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.