Pet Surrender

Surrendering a Pet

We understand that giving up a pet is one of the most difficult decisions and our trained staff is here to help.  Whenever possible we encourage pet owners to explore all options before surrendering a pet.  Shelters can be stressful environments for animals accustomed to living in a home.  Our staff is always available to counsel owners on ways to keep their pets in the home or, if possible, rehome them themselves.  Please give yourself a few weeks to place the animal in a good home, and never give away your pet to someone without thoroughly screening the person and asking for references.

Adopt-A-Pet Rehome Link

Please, do not give your pet away and always ask for a fee. If you are unsure about what options are available for you, please call and speak with our staff at (805) 688-8224. We understand that finding a new home for your pet is not always possible. If surrender is your best option, please note that all surrenders to SYV Humane Society & DAWG are done by appointment only and urgent or same-day surrenders cannot be accommodated. We are not an open admission facility and once we receive your questionnaire, we will let you know if we are able to set up a medical and behavioral evaluation. We must consider adequate housing, staffing and other resources for each individual surrender, and it may be up to 3 weeks before your appointment date.


If you cannot find a home for your dog, please fill out the relinquishment questionnaire and email it to us at [email protected] with some photos of your pet. Please be sure to submit one request form per animal/litter. Our professionally trained staff will evaluate your individual animal’s needs and determine if SYV Humane Society & DAWG is able to accept your dog into our adoption program. Please be sure to answer all questions on the form as we cannot guarantee that incomplete forms will be processed. Once your appointment request has been processed, we will contact you regarding the surrender of your pet. The following questionnaire will help us assess our ability to place your dog into a new home. Shelter staff will need as much information as possible about your pet to determine if we can accept your pet into our adoption program.


If you cannot find a home for your cat, please call our staff at (805) 688-8224 and we will ask you a series of questions on your cat(s). 

Please Note: There is a minimum relinquishment fee of $50 per pet/litter which will go towards helping feed, vaccinate, spay/neuter and all other care the animal needs before finding their forever home. 

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