How To Surrender An Animal

Posted on: 31 August 2016

Surrendering an animal is a controversial decision, particularly in light of all the uncontrolled pet breeding we have in this country.  Although no one believes that you should do so for convenience sake, there are times when giving up your beloved pet is necessary. You may be moving out of the country, going through an illness, or have financial difficulties. If you can no longer care for your pet, you do have options.


If you are considering surrendering your pet due to bad behavior, consider taking a few actions, first. If your pet is too rambunctious for you, have them spayed or neutered. Often, a pet will calm down considerably if you take this step. If money is an issue, you can find assistance through some organizations that will help with the cost. Also, consult with an animal trainer. Just a few sessions with a professional may solve the behavior problem. 

Foster Parents

If you are in the military or are simply having difficulty in caring for your pet, you may not have to give them up permanently. Some organizations exist that organize foster families for pets. If you are being deployed overseas, you can contact one of the groups by going online and communicating your need. The same goes if you have been displaced by a natural disaster or are not able to financially support your animal temporarily. You may be able to find financial assistance to care for your animal as well. No one should have to give up a pet permanently for these reasons, particularly if they are temporary.


If you still feel that you must surrender an animal after looking at the alternatives, make arrangements to do so at the local no-kill animal shelter. Do not drop off your pet without warning and never just leave your trusted companion by the side of the road or give it to someone you do not know. You owe your pet a safe and thoughtful surrender. The adoption process at a shelter involves screening potential new parents to make certain your pet will fit in with their family life.

Before the surrender, a reputable shelter will most likely conduct an interview with you and have you bring in their medical records. They will ask you to provide information about your pet's habits and preferences in order to find a good match for them. They will also work to make the surrender less stressful for everyone concerned. Although this decision is not an easy one, doing it the right way will relieve much of your stress.

For pet lovers, giving up their furry friend will always be a painful experience. Fortunately, there are organizations that will help you keep your animal instead of surrendering it. If you must give up your pet, let a reputable shelter take your animal. You can help by providing all the information to these experts that you can. Both you and your pet will benefit from these actions.