Surrender a Pet

Giving up your pet is a difficult decision to make. We understand how hard it can be to relinquish a beloved pet, and we appreciate your choice to reach out to us so we can work in partnership with you for a safe and happy ending for your pet. Many unwanted animal behaviors can be corrected, enabling pets to successfully remain in the family. If you would like more information about training or other solutions for keeping your pet, please visit our Pet Care Resources. We will be happy to assist you or refer you to others who can help.

If you express interest in surrendering your companion animal, please contact our Community Pet Outreach Specialist, Christian Snyder at [email protected] as email is the quickest way for a response. In the event you need to reach me by phone, please contact me at (856)424-2288 X 112. Whether by phone or email, an interview will be conducted to assess what is the best option for you and your companion animal. Surrender requests are by a case-by-case basis. Not ALL surrender requests will be advised to bring them to our animal shelter. Many will be referred to our rehoming site, other rescues and shelters and you will be emailed resources for placement elsewhere. In the event where we establish that the companion animal will succeed in our program, information will be provided on next steps to you via the interview.

PLEASE NOTE! IF THE COMPANION ANIMAL WAS ADOPTED FROM OUR SHELTER, PLEASE REACH OUT SO WE CAN PROCESS THE INTAKE AND PUT YOU ON OUR LIST FOR INTAKE AT THE CONTACT INFORMATION PROVIDED ABOVE. YOU WILL BE INTRUCTED TO FILL OUT A SURRENDER FORM.

We strongly advise that you include all members of your immediate family and/or household in the decision to release the animal prior to bringing your pet to AWA. We also ask that any veterinary health or vaccination records you may have MUST be submitted prior to an intake being scheduled. An intake will not be scheduled if we don’t have these very important records. The owner releasing the pet must be at least 18 years of age and provide a Driver’s License or other photo identification. As a private, nonprofit organization dependent on community contributions, we charge intake fees to help defray the costs of providing for your pet. The surrender fee is a non-refundable fee paid at the time of surrender. We take credit cards and exact cash as we don’t have change in the till to break large bills.

SPECIAL INTAKE CIRCUMSTANCES

Surrendering Puppies and Kittens to AWA

If you have trapped or found a mother cat and kittens outside, they may not qualify for our adoption program. Some factors that we must consider are: Mother cat is feral, which is an outside cat that has not been socialized with humans and her kittens are born outside and have not been socialized within the first 4 to 6 weeks. We may be able to take certain kittens if they are socialized and can be weaned from the mother, making them good candidates for adoption.

Adult Spayed/Neutered Dog – $65

Adult Not Spayed/Neutered Dog – $80

Adult Spayed/Neutered Cat – $25

Adult Not Spayed/Neutered Dog – $40

Puppy under 6 months old – $50

Kitten Under 6 months old – $25 each / litter of 2 or more $50

Rabbits – $50 each

Guinea Pigs – $25 each

Mice, Gerbils, Hamsters – $20 each

Additional Walk-In surrender fees: $75 for adult dogs, $25 for adult cats

 

Your pet may be re-assessed during his/her stay at our adoption center and his/her status of adoptability may change. You may be notified sometime after bringing your pet in if this happens.

We recognize people do change their minds. If you surrender your pet and then find him or her a new home or decide to kept them, we will work with you to return them back to you. If the animal is returned to you, spay/neuter, microchip and license fees, if applicable, will be charged to you prior to your pet being released by AWA.