Relinquish a Pet

We know that it is hard to make the decision to surrender a pet. Before starting the process of surrendering or rehoming please check these resources. 

  • If you are temporarily in need of pet care, pet food, or supplies please email us.  We may be able to provide supplies in the interim to help you and your pet.  

  • Apartment living is always an issue that comes up.  There are apartments that will allow pets and sometimes a landlord will make an exception.  

  • Rehoming a pet is the owner's responsibility and you should try your best to find a home for them.

  •  Surrendering your pet to an animal shelter should be the last resort.  

Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com

Rehoming your pet should be easy and stress free both for you and your pet. The experts at Adopt-a-Pet.com have created a simple, reliable, free program to help you place your pet from your loving home directly to another.  Learn More about Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.

Home to Home Adoptions

Before accepting an animal for intake, we will first do a courtesy post on our Facebook page and/or ask that you attempt to rehome the pet yourself using Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet.com.  Placement from your home to a new home is always best. 

If interested in doing a courtesy post, please email us the following:

  • Why you need to rehome your pet

  • A thorough description with traits, things they like, temperament, and if they had interaction with children and other pets. 

  • Provide a LOT of photos with your pet so we can post with the description. 

  • Your phone number for adoption inquires.

Rehoming is your responsibility and we will post a phone number for a potential owner to contact you directly.

Surrendering Your Cat

IMPORTANT:  Please do not bring your cat to the shelter prior to completing the following steps.  We often do not have space available immediately.

  1. Contact us about a courtesy post as described above.

  2. Complete our cat surrender form.

  3. Provide copies of current vet records.

  4. Once submitted, we will contact you to schedule a surrender appointment.

 

Completing the surrender form does not guarantee that we will take the cat you wish to surrender; it only assures that we will consider your application if we have space.

Our surrender fee is $100. This fee is to help defray the cost of housing and re-homing the cat.

Experiencing Cat Behavioral Problems?

If you are experiencing a behavioral problem with your cat, please contact your veterinarian immediately to rule out any medical issues as the cause. If your veterinarian determines the problem is not health related, contact Cats International at 262-375-8852 (Milwaukee,Wisconsin) or www.catsinternational.org. They provide free feline behavior advice and have an incredible success rate!

Surrendering Your Dog

IMPORTANT:  Please do not bring your dog to the shelter prior to completing the following steps.  The State of Connecticut considers dogs as personal property; thus, they may not be left at our shelter without proper transfer of the legal rights to the animal.

  1. Contact us about a courtesy post as described above.

  2. Complete our dog surrender form.  

  3. Provide copies of current vet records. 

  4. Once submitted, we will contact you to schedule a surrender appointment which includes a temperament evaluation. If dog does not pass our temperament test, and we cannot intake him/her, we will try to offer you other options.

Please note: We will not take an aggressive dog and/or a dog with a bite history.  

Our surrender fee is $200. This fee is to help defray the cost of housing and re-homing the dog.

Experiencing Dog Behavioral Problems?

If you are experiencing a behavioral problem with your dog, please contact your veterinarian immediately to rule out any medical issues as the cause. If your veterinarian determines the problem is not health related, contact a trainer about a behavioral consultation.

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