Surrendering A Pet
On occasion a pet owner may find themselves in a situation where they believe that they are no longer able to retain their current pet. This creates stress and heartache not only for the pet but also for the surrendering owner and family. Before making a final decision to surrender, we encourage owners who are at this unfortunate point to be sure they have taken all of the possible steps that might allow them to keep their pet.
Often, these steps will include pet behavior training, owner training, house training or dealing with somewhat routine veterinary needs. On occasion, issues can be remedied simply by having a frank discussion with family members about sharing the responsibility that came along with the pet. Of course, we are able to refer pet owners to trainers and veterinarians if needed.
If you have taken these steps and still believe that you will not be able to retain your pet we ask that you make every effort to find your pet a home while they are still living with you. Please remember, CPAWS does not have a facility and relies entirely on volunteer foster parents to care for an animal until we are able to find a pet their forever home, and our foster homes are almost always at full capacity. Keeping your pet with you until you are able to find a home for them reduces stress on the animal and allows you to select the next home for your pet. Or, you can keep your pet at home and CPAWS can help you find a new home for them. As a final option, if we have an available foster home, CPAWS can evaluate your pet (age, health, temperment, etc.) and determine whether it can be taken into our care as an "owner surrender." However, this should be the last resort for an owner who is no longer able to retain their pet.