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Let’s work together to help ensure the best possible solution and outcome for both you and your pet.
Alternatives to Surrendering your Pet
If you find yourself struggling with your pet and need assistance, please explore these alternatives to surrender:
Before You Surrender, Remember…
There are many people in the Valley looking for a new pet just like yours. Before considering surrendering your pet to a shelter, see if you can find another family who may be interested in giving your pet a new home.
Below Are A Few Tips To Help You Re-Home Your Pet:
- Promote your pet online. Post your pet profile on the following sites:
Use caution when considering unknown individuals or families as your pet’s new owners. Hold the initial meeting in a public place and ask questions to screen potential adopters. Share your expectations for your pet’s new home. When you find a family that meets you and your pet’s needs, ask for identification and contact information to follow up on how your pet is doing in its new home.
- Give yourself time to re-home your pet. It can often take weeks or even months to find a new home.
- Increase your pet’s adoptability. Make sure it’s spayed/neutered, groomed, and up-to-date on its vaccinations.
- Market your pet! Create an attention grabbing pet profile that you can copy/paste on multiple platforms.
- Tell your friends, family and co-workers. Ask them to spread the word! You never know who may be looking for a new companion.
- Check with local rescue groups. Whether you have a dog or cat or an exotic animal, there are many rescue groups in our area who may be able to accept your pet. You can find most of these groups online through a web search or on Facebook.
- NEVER ABANDON YOUR ANIMAL. If you’re unable to re-home your pet, the Arizona Humane Society will accept owner surrendered pets by appointment.
If you find yourself struggling with your pet and need assistance, please explore these alternatives to surrender or view our list of Pet Resources. If you’ve tried all of the above rehoming options and wish to start the surrender process, you may request a surrender appointment. Please complete the Dog, Cat or Critter Surrender Appointment Request form. The surrender fee is $75 per pet or $75 per litter of puppies or kittens. Our team will respond within 24 hours. You may also contact our Pet Resource Center at 602.997.7585 ext. 20755, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Affordable Pet Care Options
We realize that there are many different obstacles a family can face that affect how and if they can continue to care for their pet.
We want to do all we can to help you keep your pet in your home. And while we can’t always be the solution, we want you to know the following resources are also available to you.
Affordable Veterinary Services
Staffed by some of the finest vets in the Valley, AHS’ two veterinary clinics offer a variety of services, including medical care, spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchipping an affordable price. There are also other affordable veterinary, spay/neuter and vaccination locations throughout the Valley.
Food and Supplies
Low-cost food pantries can be found here.
Need a place to temporarily house your pet? These pet boarding services may be able to help.
Training & Tips for Your Pet
Does your dog need to brush up on his manners?
Are you looking for tips on how to best care for your furry friend? Our dog training classes and pet behavior tips offer everything you need to help build a loving relationship with your four-legged family member.
AHS’ certified trainers use positive reinforcement, force-free, and science-based methods in pet training. Our certified trainers use a variety of training methods that suit a dog and his or her family’s individual needs while following effective techniques based on scientific evidence. They are committed to continuing their education surrounding the latest humane and ethical training methods.
Click this link to find a list of our Pet Training Resources.
Impacted by COVID-19?
Pets are family, and Pet Housing Help AZ is committed to helping both our four- and two-legged friends who have been impacted by COVID-19. The Arizona Humane Society has teamed up with top animal welfare organizations in the Valley to provide information, resources and a community rehoming/temporary foster network for struggling pet owners impacted by the COVID-19 housing crisis. If you’re a pet owner in need, we have solutions for you.
Bridge the Gap Program
AHS, in partnership with the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust, has launched the Bridge the Gap program to support pet owners in crisis. With the help of a resource coordinator, we can help pet parents navigate the abundant resources in Maricopa County and help keep beloved pets in their forever homes. If you are experiencing financial hardship, job loss, homelessness, domestic violence, a medical emergencies, or other crises, please contact our Community Resource Coordinator email@example.com or call 602.997.7585 Ext. 1022. We may be able to help.
If these alternative resources don’t address the circumstances you are experiencing with your pet, click here for surrender options.
For additional assistance, please submit the Pet Family Resource Referral form and our team will respond within 48 hours.
Are you experiencing a crisis situation and need temporary foster for your pet? Our Project Home Away From Home program, in partnership with PetSmart, provides temporary foster care (typically 30-90 days) for the pets of families in a critical time of need. This could include situations such as medical or behavioral health hospitalization, domestic violence survivors seeking safety for themselves and their pets or for those experiencing a loss of stable housing due to unforeseen circumstances. If you are experiencing crisis and need temporary foster for your pet, click here to apply for Project Home Away From Home.
Tips for Moving with Pets
Moving with pets can often be a difficult process.
If you have recently lost your home or need to move, we want to help you find suitable housing to accommodate your pet. Below are a list of pet-friendly housing resources that may help you in your search for a new home.
Surrendering Your Pet
An appointment is required to surrender your pet.
If you have exhausted all of the alternatives to surrendering your pet, you may request a surrender appointment. The surrender fee is $75 per pet or $75 per litter of puppies or kittens. To schedule an appointment, please complete the Dog Surrender Appointment Request form or Cat Surrender Appointment Request form. You may also contact our Pet Resource Center at 602.997.7585 ext. 20755, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Due to an increase in Parvo and Distemper cases throughout the Valley and country, surrender appointment wait times have increased and our first available appointments may not be for several weeks. This will help safeguard both shelter and community animals and allow us to continue to have the space and resources to care for our community’s most vulnerable pets. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
While the needs of each animal in our care differ, it costs an average of more than $1,300 to care for each pet who enters our shelter. 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 owned dogs, cats and critters or owned litters of puppies or kittens under 6 months is $75. Donations of any unopened food, litter, grooming supplies, toys, bedding are also welcomed.
Found a Stray?
AHS accepts all stray dogs that are sick, injured or abused. We can not accept stray turn-ins at our Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion. You can attempt to reunite a healthy, lost dog with its owner or surrender the healthy stray to Maricopa County Animal Care and Control. Trap-Neuter-Return programs are the most humane and effective way to stabilize outdoor free-roaming cat populations. If you’ve found a litter of kittens, here’s what you should do next.