SURRENDERING YOUR PET

Often a pet is surrendered because an owner feels they have no other choice. We may be able to help you find alternatives to surrendering your pet through resources and information.





Resources and Alternatives to Surrendering your Pet

Many pet-related problems can be solved! Call our staff at 719.395.2727, we’d love to help you.

Surrendering Your Pet

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Ark-Valley Humane Society is here to help you make the right decision for you and your pet. If you are thinking about bringing your pet to our shelter for rehoming there are several options to consider:

If you wish you could keep your pet, however… Your pet is having a behavioral problem
• For dogs, Petfinder’s “dog problem” web page is searchable by type of problem https://www.petfinder.com/dogs/dog-problems/
• For cats, Petfinder’s “cat problem” web page is searchable by type of problem https://www.petfinder.com/cats/cat-problems/
• Consult with a local dog trainer
• Consult with a veterinarian, since the problem may have a medical cause

Your pet is having a medical problem
• Consult with a veterinarian
• If you cannot afford vet care, there is information about vet care assistance programs at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/trouble_affording_veterinary_care.html

You are moving and can’t bring your pet with you
• If you cannot find a pet-friendly place to rent, there is information about how to search and talk to landlords at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets-housing-renter-tips.html?credit=web_id617152745
• Search for “pet friendly rentals” on the web, for a list of rental options currently available in your area

You are pregnant or have new baby
• If you are pregnant and have a cat and are concerned about toxoplasmosis, information is available at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/toxoplasmosis.html?credit=web_id86963932
• If you have a new baby and have concerns, there is information at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/pets_babies.html?credit=web_id86963932

You or a family member is allergic
• Information about allergies and pets is at http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/allergies_pets.html

If you decide to need to rehome your pet, you can…
Rehome your pet yourself
• Rehoming your pet yourself may be the very best option for your pet. You know your pet better than anyone. Your pet can go directly from your home to a new home, without the stress of being kenneled at an animal shelter. Tips for rehoming a pet are at http://bestfriends.org/resources/rehoming-dog-or-cat

Rehome your pet through a foster-based breed-specific rescue
• Contact information for breed-specific rescues in Colorado are at http://www.allbreedrescuenetwork.com/Rescue-List.php

Surrender your pet to Ark-Valley Humane Society
• Surrendering your pet to our shelter should be considered a last resort. However, we understand that it may be the best option for your pet and we will do everything we can to provide your animal with good care and find your pet a new loving home as quickly as possible. Ark-Valley Humane Society never euthanizes for reasons of time or space. However, AVHS may euthanize animals for untreatable or unmanageable medical and behavioral reasons. Please discuss any medical or behavioral concerns you may have with AVHS staff before deciding to surrender the animal to our shelter, so that you can make the most informed decision possible.
• AVHS serves Chaffee County as an open-admission shelter. This means that no animal in need, originating from Chaffee County, Colorado, will be denied admission. A surrender fee of $40 per dog (or litter of puppies) or $30 per cat (or litter of kittens) is requested at the time of surrender. If you cannot afford the surrender fee, please discuss this with an AVHS staff member.
• If you live outside of Chaffee County, you may be asked to wait until there is kennel space available for your pet. Out-of-county surrender fees are $100 per animal (or litter).
• Please avoid showing up at the shelter unannounced to surrender your pet. Please call 719-395-2737 to discuss your situation and set up a time to surrender your pet, so that AVHS staff can provide you and your pet with the best care and attention possible.



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