Giving up a pet
About 16,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other small animals were surrendered to Humane Animal Rescue last year.
Each year, in fact, thousands more pets will enter our facilities.
Every effort will be made to successfully re-home these pets, while providing the highest quality of available care. Humane Animal Rescue offers a variety of resources to help you keep your pet in a safe and loving home! If you have questions about alternatives to surrendering your pet, please contact us and we can provide you with information for the specific needs of your pet.
Before you surrender your pet:
- Ask friends, family members, and co-workers if they can give your pet a home
- Ask a behavior specialist for training tips- many behavior problems have easy solutions
- Ask us about easing introductions to new children or other animals in the household
- Ask about treatments for human allergies to pet hair and dander
- Ask our clinic staff about reduced medical care rates or pet insurance
If you have no other choice but to surrender your pet, Humane Animal Rescue is here to help. Please contact our Intake staff to make an appointment by phone at 412-345-7300 x238 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointment times vary based on our shelters’ current population and animals living in Allegheny County are given preference, but no pet will ultimately be turned away.* Plan to spend 15-20 minutes speaking with an Intake Counselor, so that we can collect as much background information about your animal as possible. You should also bring any veterinarian records you have for the pet you are surrendering. The more information you can provide, the more likely we are to find the best solution for your pet. In addition, please have your animal on a leash or in a carrier. We request a minimum donation of $35 (in county) or $45 (out of county) to offset the hundreds of dollars that it costs to take in an animal.**
*In an effort to reunite stray pets with their people, we cannot accept stray animals from outside of Allegheny County until a coordinated effort is made between a finder a local shelter in the original county. Please contact our Intake Department at email@example.com or 412-345-7300 x238.
**Exotic animals require an additional fee if equipment is not surrendered.
If you choose to surrender a pet,
Animal Intake Appointment Hours:
Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Before you surrender, give your pet the best chance at adoption!
Animals that are not spayed or neutered have a much greater risk of being surrendered by their owners because of health or behavior reasons or because they’ve produced unwanted offspring. Having your pet spayed/neutered greatly reduces or eliminates these problems and you may discover that you don’t need to give up the animal at all. We offer low-cost options to assist with these procedures.
Getting your pet appropriate vaccines before she or he enters a shelter environment is crucial to keeping him or her in good health. While Humane Animal Rescue vaccinates every animal upon intake, ensuring that your pet is vaccinated prior to surrender gives that animal the best chance at staying healthy and finding a new home.
Bathing or grooming your pet prior to surrender will also increase the likelihood that she or he will be adopted out quickly.
Despite our best efforts, the unfortunate truth is that some animals cannot be placed due to non-treatable behavior and medical issues, and housing them at our shelter indefinitely would increase disease and illness. Because of this, humane euthanasia may be necessary.
Unfortunately, because we care for thousands of animals each year, we are unable to provide updates or outcome results for individual animals.