Surrender Policy

Our goal is to keep pets in loving, permanent homes for life.  We understand that situations may arise in which a pet needs to be surrendered to the shelter.  We ask that you contact the shelter in advance to discuss your situation.  Our staff may have solutions that will allow your pet to remain with you.

  • An appointment is not required to surrender an animal to the shelter, but please call ahead to check for space availability, discuss our surrender procedure and placement options.
  • We do require the owner (owner must be at least 18 years of age) of the animal be present at the time of surrender.  If this is not possible please call ahead to make other arrangements.
  • We will ask you to complete a background profile on your pet.  This information helps staff and potential adopters get to know your pet better.
  • Bring any veterinary records for your pet as well as the name and phone number of the pet’s most current veterinarian.

The Humane Society of Scott County is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operated independently of city, state and federal governments.  Our operations are funded solely by fees for services and the generosity of individuals, businesses and grant makers.  If you must surrender your pet to us, we ask that you consider making a monetary donation to the shelter.

We receive nearly 6,000 animals each year at our shelter.  Although we provide much love and the highest standards of care for these animals, it is still an extremely stressful environment for a pet accustomed to living in a home.  Matching the pets in our care to appropriate adoptive homes is our number one priority, but we are not able to place every animal into a new home.  Please consider making a commitment to work through any difficulties you may be having with your pet or find an appropriate placement for your pet.

Do not abandon or rehome your pet with someone you are not sure will be able to care for the animal. Our staff is here to assist you in making the best decision for you and your pet.