Surrender Your Pet
Finding a New Home for Your Pet
No matter how long you have had your pet, it is a huge, difficult decision to give them away. We recognized that there are many different reasons that you may no longer be able to keep your pet. Before giving your pet away, ask yourself if there is anything about your pet's behavior or personality that could be worked on in order for you to keep him. It is exceedingly difficult to find good, permanent homes for adult animals, and we cannot guarantee that any animal surrendered to the Animal Service Center will be adopted.
The best chance your pet has to find a new home is if you are able to find one yourself. Here's a link to some great tips on finding a new home for your pet.
If you've decided you just can't keep your pet anymore, and you can't find a new home yourself, there are a few things that we recommend you do before you bring your pet to the Animal Service Center:
- Take your pet to the veterinarian for a check-up, vaccinations, and, most importantly spaying/neutering! Check out our Spay/Neuter Page for more information on low-cost spay/neuter in Tallahassee. Making sure you pet is as healthy as possible before the come to the Animal Service Center will greatly increase their chances of being adopted.
- Call us to talk about the issues you're having with your pet to see if we can provide any information about community programs that may be able to help you keep your pet.
- Make sure everyone at home agrees about the decision to surrender your pet to the Animal Service Center.
- Print and complete our Owner Surrender Form (PDF) and bring it with you when you come to the Animal Service Center with your pet.
- Once you surrender your pet to the Animal Service Center, you will not be able to reclaim or adopt your former pet, unless you have proof that the circumstances resulting in the surrender of your pet have changed and you are now able to provide proper care for the pet.
|Leon County Resident
|Non-Leon County Resident*
||$25 per animal
|Litters (multiple animals under 8 weeks of age)
||$25 (up to 4); $25 for each additional animal
*Please note that fees increase each time a non-Leon County resident surrenders an animal (1st time is $25, 2nd time is $50 per animal, etc)