Surrendering A Pet

We are here for you and your pet and pride ourselves on serving as a resources for you and being as helpful as possible during this difficult time.

Before making the decision to surrender your pet, we encourage you to consider all of your options.  See below for helpful tips. When contacting us, we can also give you other resources/options, should you want them.  There is no fee to re-home your pet but donations are always appreciated and helpful.

Surrendering Your Pet to the Shelter

If you choose to bring your pet into the Shelter to have us re-home him or her, we ask that you please contact us ahead of time.

To begin the surrender process,e-mail a photo and any information about your pet to info@scituateanimalshelter.org. Try and include the age of your pet, if fixed or not, behavior issues that they have, medical issues that they have, if they’re outgoing or on the shyer side, etc.

For dogs, if possible,fill out a surrender questionnaire (Dog Surrender Questionnaire ) 

We will respond within 48 hours or less :)!

Common reasons for surrendering pets:

Behavioral Problems

Trouble Affording Your Pets

Moving/Housing

New Baby on the Way

Behavioral Problems

If you’re experiencing behavioral problems with your pet that you feel will require you to surrender it, please check out some of these wonderful resources for possible solutions.

ASPCA’s Virtual Behaviorist

Local Certified Pet Dog Trainers: For a complete list, go to www.ccpdt.org

Trouble Affording Your Pets

If you’re having a hard time affording care, food, supplies, etc., for your pets, here are some resources that may be useful.

Humane Society of the United States list of programs

Fairy DogParents

Banfield Animal Hospital (affiliated with PetSmart)

LuvMyPet (low cost veterinary care offered through PetCo)

Moving/Housing

Renting With Pets (HSUS)

People With Pets

Information on Pet Friendly Homeowner’s Insurance (MSPCA)

Some landlords and/or insurance companies may be more likely to work with your dog if they have earned their Canine Good Citizen certification. For a list of trainers who can help you with getting your dog certified, click here.

New Baby On The Way

If you’re expecting or have recently welcomed a new baby into your family, the HSUS has a very helpful article on ways to make the transition easier on everyone.

Re-homing Your Pet on Your Own

If your only option is to re-home your pet and we are unable to help you, here are some tips on how to do it yourself.