Surrender an Animal

Criteria to surrender your Animal to PAWS Animal Shelter.

We understand that sometimes despite best efforts it is necessary to surrender your Animal. In this case, we feel the best solution is for PAWS Animal Shelter to take the Animal and find them a new, loving home.

Based on urgency and foster home space availability, PAWS Animal Shelter does take in Animals surrendered by their owners. Please understand that because we have very limited resources, it's necessary for us to prioritize the Animals we take into rescue. Shelter Animals in danger of being euthanized are given first and top priority. Next are Animals in need of immediate health care that their owners cannot provide. Then, owner surrenders are considered. Please be patient with us and we will do our best to work with you to ensure the safety and well-being of your Animal.

Surrendering your pet to PAWS Animal Shelter is a permanent decision.

PAWS Animal Shelter knows that surrendering your Animal is a very difficult decision, but sometimes - it is the only one to make. If you choose to surrender your Animal, you'll be asked to complete a surrender contract. Your signature on this contract represents a permanent decision on your part. This legally binding contract gives full ownership of the Animal to PAWS Animal Shelter. This allows us to provide veterinary care and down the road, legally adopt out the Animal to a carefully pre-screened 'forever' home. Please note: We consider adoptions through our organization to be closed, meaning that we do not reveal the identities of either the surrendering or adopting parties. This ensures your privacy, as well as the privacy of the adopter, will be protected.

Steps to surrender your Animal

1

Apply

Complete the Surrender Form.

2

Review

Our Team will review your application to determine if we have an open foster available and whether or not your Animal is a fit for our rescue.

3

Our Decision

We will contact you to let know our decision.

Upon review, we will

Make arrangements to get the Animal

If it has been determined that your Animal is a good fit for our organization, we will contact you to make arrangements to get the Animal

OR

Provide you with alternative resources

If your Animal is not a good fit or if we do not have room at this time, we will provide you with alternative resources.

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