Surrendering an Animal

Surrendering an Animal

“I can’t keep my pet”

At the SPCA we know that it is not always easy to have a pet.  We will do everything in our power to help you keep your beloved pet.  However circumstances arise that make it impossible for some to keep their cat or dog.  Rest assured that we will do everything in our power to help you with your problem.

The SPCA is a limited intake facility for adult dogs, puppies over the age of 12 weeks, and all cats.  What this means is that we simply do not have the space to take every unwanted animal brought to our shelter.  If you find it absolutely necessary to rehome your animal and you have made every effort to do so yourself, please call us at (276) 638-7297 and schedule an evaluation appointment with our animal healthcare coordinator.  Please bring any vet records that you may have or contact information about your pet’s veterinarian.  When you arrive for your evaluation appointment your dog will be tested for heartworm disease .  If your dog tests positive we will be unable to accept it.  The SPCA does not have the funding to treat heartworm disease.  Your cat will be tested for feline AIDS, feline Leukemia and ringworm.  If they are positive for any of these diseases we cannot accept them. We will also assess your animal’s temperament and determine whether or not it will be safe to house in the shelter. Depending on the availability of space in the shelter you may be asked to keep your animal for a time until we can make room.  We generally do not accept dogs or cats over 5 years of age or under 6 weeks of age.  The SPCA is a no-kill shelter, so if we accept your pet, you can be reassured that your animal is safe from euthanasia with us.

Please bring your pet prepared to make a monetary contribution to help cover the cost of intake.   It costs the SPCA approximately $250 per animal that we take in.  The SPCA survives solely on contributions from the public.  We receive no public, United Way, Humane Society or National ASPCA funding.   All of the services that we provide are paid for by our generous supporters.

A note about puppies between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 weeks…

The SPCA is an open intake facility for puppies between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 weeks.  If you wish to surrender young puppies we will require that you have the mother dog and father dog, if you own it, spayed or neutered.  When surrendering puppies you will be asked to schedule and pay for the spay/neuter surgery at that time.  The cost for spaying or neutering mom and/or dad will be a discounted price of $35 each, payable by check or cash only.