Pets are surrendered for many reasons—financial concerns, illness, moving to a home that doesn’t welcome pets, allergies, pet behavior issues, and unwanted litters—to name a few. Surrendering a pet can be devastating for the owner and the animal, so HSSC urges pet owners to consider other options before deciding to surrender. We’re here to help. HSSC offers many resources to help keep pets in loving homes. Please contact us at 941.955.4131 and someone will be able to assist you.
HSSC is a private, limited-admission shelter. Unfortunately, due to the high volume of surrender requests and limited staff and resources, HSSC is not able to accommodate all requests.
If you have found a stray animal, please contact Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office Animal Services at 941.861.9500, or Manatee County Animal Services at 941.742.5933.
We accept cats and dogs by appointment only, and an appointment does not guarantee acceptance into HSSC. Each pet is evaluated for health and temperament. If accepted into the adoption program, a surrender fee is required.
HSSC makes every effort to place healthy, friendly pets in new, loving homes, but we cannot guarantee the rehoming of your pet. The first step is to fill out the form below.
If you have any questions about surrendering your dog, please contact Lisa Merlet or Kate Rose at 941.955.4131 x124. If you have any questions about surrendering your cat, please contact Suzanne Jones at 941.955.4131 x107. Our behaviorists are highly skilled at helping you determine the best course of action for your pet.
**COVID-19: The waiting list for surrender appointments may be longer than usual. We appreciate your patience.**
If You Need to Surrender Your Pet
If You Need to Return a Newly Adopted Pet
If an adopted animal turns out to not be a good fit, the animal may be returned to HSSC within 30 days of adoption, space permitting. There is no fee to return, but the original adoption fee will not be refunded. After 30 days, animals must go through the surrender process described above.
Read the Adoption Returns Policy (PDF).
Once You Have a Scheduled Appointment
|Litter (including mother)||$80|
|Pet (spayed/neutered or intact)||$80|
|Litter (including mother)||$130|