Do you need to surrender an animal?
Before you Surrender your Pet
We understand that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet, but before making the decision to give up your pet, please consider all of your options. When you surrender a pet to any shelter or rescue, the transition can be difficult. Shelters are stressful environments for even the most well-adjusted animal.
Before you make the final decision to surrender your animal, please do these things:
- Consult a trainer or behaviorist for help with common behavioral problems. Please click here for a list of local trainers and behaviorists.
- Talk with your veterinarian to rule out possible medical issues your pet may be experiencing.
- Look for an alternate place to live that accepts pets.
- Talk with friends or family to determine if they would be able to commit to taking care of your pet.
- Re-home your pet to a new home yourself.
This transition will be much easier for your pet and will allow you to know that he is going to a good new home. Please do not give your pet away for free on Craigslist, Kijiji, or other avenues. ALWAYS ask for a rehoming fee and do a reference and home check. Your pets safety is your biggest responsibility.
Please also consider the following advice:
- DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
- DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.
- DON’T give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused, used for fighting/baiting purposes, or sold to research laboratories.
On a case by case basis, WC4P will take animals who need to be surrendered by the public. We have limited space and resources so we cannot help everyone. We generally only take in kittens and puppies who are of pre-weaning age, the medically needy, those who will not do well in a shelter setting, or those who are in immediate danger of losing their lives.
If you have exhausted all avenues please feel free to contact us using the form below. Please include your pets pertinent information (i.e breed/mix, age, sex, spayed/neutered, medical history etc.), a short biography, why you are needing to re-home your pet, and a photo. We will “courtesy post” your animal on Facebook in hopes of finding them a new home.
Please do not call and leave a voice mail asking to surrender your pet or strays. We are rarely able to answer the phone as we are busy caring for the animals we have in rescue and networking those in need.