We know that sometimes it’s just not possible to keep a pet. But before making the decision to surrender a pet, please consider all of your options.
If you must surrender a pet, please follow the advice below.
Do’s and Don’ts
If you have to give up your pet, please do the right thing:
- DON’T drop your pet off in the woods or countryside, assuming that it can take care of itself. Pets lack the skills to survive on their own and may die of starvation or injury.
- DON’T abandon your pet in a house or apartment you are moving out of, thinking that someone will eventually find it. This doesn’t always happen.
- DON’T give your pet away to a stranger. You don’t know if that person is a responsible owner or even honest. Pets that end up in the wrong hands may be abused or sold.
- DO try to place your pet with a trusted family member or friend, one who you are confident will love and care for your pet properly and will keep you informed of its welfare. Be sure the friend or relative understands the commitment of time and resources your pet requires and that they would like the pet because it will be a good fit for their home.
- DO call the NLRHS if you have exhausted all other possibilities.
What to Expect
Surrendering ownership of your pet
In order to best help your pet, we will gather all the information a future adopter might need about your pet. We also determine if your pet is a good candidate for our adoption program. We will not place an animal for adoption that is a danger to the community.
Please call us during business hours at 780-926-5520 to discuss surrendering your pet prior to bring him/her to the shelter. You will be required to sign a release form giving the NLRHS ownership of the animal. Once you have signed the agreement, you may not reclaim your pet, so please be sure that you have made the right decision for you and your pet.
Pet’s medical records
It is extremely important for you to bring any medical records you have for your pet. A lack of medical information can delay the time it takes to evaluate your pet, and delay its availability for adoption.
Pet personality profile
We will ask you to fill out a “personality profile” about your pet. The information about its health, behavior, habits, likes, and dislikes is really helpful to people considering your pet for adoption and helps us decide what kind of home would be best for it.
Please be honest when answering these questions; let us know if your pet has a history of biting, refuses to use the litter box, has a serious or chronic medical condition, or any other problem. Your answers help to determine whether or not your animal should be put up for adoption. It is unfair to pass on severe behavioral or medical issues to another family.