Surrendering Your Pet

We’re here to support pet owners who are at risk of having to surrender their pets. If you are struggling with your pet, we may be able to help. Please see below for resources that may allow you to keep your pet in your home and surrender options for cats and dogs.


The Arizona Humane Society has recently had a significant increase in animal abuse, cruelty and rescue cases that have brought in hundreds of cats in a very short amount of time. Right now we have over 450 cats in our shelter and another 350 in foster homes. At this time, we are unable to accept healthy cats as our shelter is beyond capacity. Our staff and volunteers are working diligently to heal and find homes for the cats in our care. We ask for your patience and understanding and encourage you to check back as information will be updated as space becomes available. In the meantime, below are resources that we hope will be helpful to you. 

Contact our Pet Resource Center at 602.997.7585 ext. 3800 or by email for additional resources that may allow you to keep your pet in your home.


Admissions by Appointment will allow us to learn as much as we can about your pet so you can make an informed decision as to what is best for you and your pet.

Appointment Process

  1. Call 602.997.7585 ext. 3800 to schedule an appointment to surrender your pet to the Arizona Humane Society. Our Admissions Department at our Sunnyslope Campus is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. Once your surrender appointment is scheduled, we will email you a dog Pet Profile that you can print out and complete prior to your appointment.
  2. On the day of your appointment, bring your pet to our Sunnyslope Campus, located at 9226 N. 13th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85021. Your appointment will take approximately one hour.
  3. After all information about your pet has been gathered and the animal evaluation completed, we will discuss your pet’s potential outcomes. If your pet is not suitable for adoption, we will discuss your options and help you determine the best outcome for both you and your pet.

Surrender Fees

While the needs of each animal in our care differ, it costs an average of $885 to care for one animal until he/she finds a forever home. While our surrender fees likely won’t cover the full cost of care for your pet, they will help provide us the necessary resources to keep your pet safe and healthy while we search for a new, loving family.

The surrender fee for all single dogs, cats and critters is $60.
The fee for litters of puppies or kittens is $75.

We Do Offer Low-Income Assistance

Please bring proof of the following to your appointment, and we will work with you to discount your surrender fee:

  • Food stamps (you must also show a current acceptance letter)
  • AHCCCS card (you must also show a current acceptance letter)
  • Unemployment check
  • Welfare check

Found A Stray Or Wild Animal?

Visit our stray animal resource page to determine what to do if you’ve found a stray or wild animal.