Surrender Your Pet
We’re Here to Help
The decision to give up your pet is never an easy one. On this page, we have resources to help you find a new home for your pet or relinquish your pet to the Arizona Humane Society.
However, if you are struggling to keep your pet due to issues like financial hardship, housing insecurity or pet behavior problems, we have many resources and programs that may be able to help.
Rehoming Your Pet
There are many people in the Valley looking for a new pet just like yours. Before considering surrendering your pet to us, see if you can find another family who may be interested in giving your pet a new home.
- Did You Adopt from AHS?
Not every adoption is going to be the right fit, and that’s perfectly understandable. We’re here to support you and hopefully help you find another pet who might be better suited for you and your lifestyle. AHS offers a 100% adoption guarantee, which means you can return your pet to AHS at any time by scheduling an appointment here.
- Where to Post Your Pet
It’s always a good idea to spread the word to friends and family, and ask them to tell their friends. You never know who may be looking for a new companion!
Then, we recommend sharing photos and information about your pet in local Facebook groups and on Nextdoor.com. If you are rehoming your pet due to housing issues, you can also list your pet on PetHousingHelpAZ.org. (Here’s how to write an attention-grabbing pet bio.)
Use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential adopters. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a family that meets your and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information to follow up on how your pet is doing in their new home.
- Increase Your Pet’s Adoptability
It can often take weeks or even months to find your pet a new home. To increase the chances of finding a suitable new owner, make sure your pet is spayed or neutered, groomed, and up to date on their vaccinations.
- Check with Local Rescue Groups
Whether you have a dog, cat or exotic animal, there are many rescue groups in your area that may be able to accept your pet. You can find most of these groups online through a web search or on Facebook.
- Never Abandon Your Pet
If you’re unable to rehome your pet, use the forms at the bottom of this page to schedule a surrender appointment with us.
Surrendering a Litter Through Furry Family Fix
Did your pet have a litter of kittens or puppies that you can’t care for? Through our Furry Family Fix program (sponsored by our Circle of Friends), we’ll waive the surrender fee for the litter while providing you with a free spay or neuter voucher for the litter’s mom and/or dad that can be used at one of our public clinics.
You must be the owner of the puppies or kittens as well as their mom and/or dad. The puppies or kittens must be healthy and between the ages of eight weeks and six months old. Contact us to schedule your appointment.
(And remember, if you’ve found a stray kitten litter, please leave them be!)
Surrender Your Pet to AHS
If you’ve tried all of the above rehoming options and wish to start the surrender process, we’re here for you. We take in pets via appointment at our Animal Assistance Department located at our Sunnyslope Campus, and our Ethical No-Kill Philosophy™ means we don’t euthanize pets for space or based on their length of time on the adoption floor.
The surrender fee is $90 per pet or $90 per litter of puppies or kittens (unless you’re using our Furry Family Fix program, or making an adoption return).
To get started, please complete a surrender form below.
If you have questions, please contact us, and we’ll be happy to help.