Surrendering a Pet

We understand that there are sometimes circumstances beyond your control that force you to rehome your pet.  If you have adopted through a rescue, be sure to contact that rescue, as they usually have a permanent spot in their programs for their animals.  Wake County Animal Shelter offers several options and resources to try before surrendering a pet.  Read more below, courtesy of the Wake County Animal Center.

Before surrendering your pet, first consider the alternatives. There are many resources that can help with behavior problems, moving, military deployment, economic hardship, and other issues. If you must give up your pet and have no other option, consider keeping your pet until you can find a permanent home for the animal, or contact a rescue group. A shelter environment can be very stressful to an animal.

Two other options to surrendering your pet to a shelter include:

  • Rehoming:  Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Make poster and distribute it in your community. Ask friends and co-workers for help. Post online ad using local, free websites and local papers. Always ask for an adoption fee and evaluate adopters carefully. No matter your situation, it is your responsibility as the animal owner to screen prospective new owners.
  • Rescue groups:  Although many rescue groups are filled to capacity, you can contact them about rehoming your pet. Often, these groups will allow owners to post online information about their pets on a referral basis. You can also post information about your pet on the NC Pet Foster network website.

If you cannot resolve the challenges you are having with your pet and you are unable to rehome your pet, please bring your pet to the Wake County Animal Center during normal business hours. Please bring your pet’s vet records or some other proof of ownership. A change in the state law requires that the Center receive some form of proof of ownership in order to place the animal up for adoption immediately. Failure to collect proof of ownership will result in the Center’s need to hold the animal for 72 hours prior to placing that animal up for adoption or transferring it to a rescue partner.

Proof of ownership includes items such as; vet records, rabies certificate and tag, microchip registration tracing back to the owner, adoption paperwork, registration papers and licensure papers. Also, be prepared to provide information about your pet’s medical conditions, history and temperament.

Understand that once surrendered to the Animal Center, the staff at the Animal Center will determine if they can offer the animal for adoption. This is determined by the health and temperament of the pet. Animals can be reclaimed by the owner, but you must pay the applicable reclaim and boarding fees.

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